I’ve been following the Radiance Foundation for some time now. Radiance is operated by Ryan Bomberger, an adoptee with substantial rightwing, evangelical and anti-adoptee support, who loves adoption so much he puts Dr. Adoption himself, Bill Pierce, look like me. In the months I’ve been following Radiance I don’t think that I’ve once read a discouraging word.about adoption. At Radiance, the skies are not cloudy all day, except for: contraception, abortion, stem sell research, Black Lives Matter, Planned Parenthood, the NAACP, (im)purity, transgenderism, queer marriage. liberals, Barrack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and the entire Democratic Party, I’ve read a couple disparaging remarks about unions, too, by posters, but so far Radiance has made no official pronouncement, possibly because unions don’t have a lot to do, at least overtly, with sex and the private lives of others.
I post occasionally on the Radiance Foundation’s FB page. I also tweeted responses until recently when I was blocked from its account for asking uncomfortable questions, like if it supports adoptee rights. It doesn’t take a Harvard logician to grasp that to flog adoption for the masses and not similarly flog restoration of adoptee rights to legislators and policy wonks is hypocritical and politically obtuse. I guess I got my answer.
Now just in time for #flipthescript and NAM comes the newest Radiance Foundation message:
I have never seen “adoption” posited as a “justice” issue by anyone outside of entitled neo-colonial white saviors like Katy Jay--and then it is about justice for boo-hooing paps aka the unrestricted right to import Third World children into their homes. When uppity bastards discuss adoptee rights as justice we’re yawned at, eye-rolled, patted on the head, and told to shut up, go home, crawl back in our closets, and be grateful. Sometimes the niceties are skipped and were just told shut up and crawl back in our closet. You could have been aborted, ya know.
Despite, what Radiance implies above, there no “right.”– natural, constitutional or any other kind– to parent, or to be parented though admittedly, the latter is preferable to state-run orphanages and ferality.
And, I hate to use the PC term “offensive” but boy that footer really IS offensive much less wrong.. “….prayer & worship to end abortion and increase adoption.”
Abortion is about not wanting to be pregnant. Adoption is about not being able or wanting to parent. The link between abortion and adoption has been totally debunked except for anti-aborts who need it to,ball gag adoptees, an activity increasingly more difficult to accomplish. In the example above, though, the Radiance plea goes farther than false linkage. Not only must these “babies” be saved from the abortotorium, but family preservation and mother and child relationships and affection aren’t even in the organizational vocabulary. Radiance views abortion at any state of pregnancy as murder. It also assumes that women caught in unplanned and unwanted pregnancies will opt for abortion unless they can be “saved” through adoption.. Thus, any pregnant woman in the “right” circumstances is a potential murderer.
It is not enough then for babies to be “saved.” We need to pray that adoption rates increase. That is,”saved” and “safe” babies, need to be ripped from their mother’s wombs and transported into the aching arms and gated homes.of the Worthy Class while courageous relinquishing mothers bask in the radiance of selflesness. Radiance has several projects going, and the closest that comes to actually recognizing biological mothers is Sally’s s Lambs, which gives out baskets to newly de-babyed women that include Bibles, lotions candles, restaurants gift cards, and a book of poems by Helen Steiner Rice. to “help her feel cherished and remind her of the beauty of her decision.” I gave my baby away and all I got was this lousy basket.
I consider myself an intel gatherer and keeper, and have tried hard not to interact with Radiance online, Sometimes, thorough, it’s hard to remain silent. like when this message came up a few weeks ago, I couldn’t help myself. (Sorry, I”m really bad with screen shots, so I’m cutting and pasting.)
Not surprisingly, I didn’t get a response.
After this Halloween posting I did get a response–finally–and just what I expected. Here is the original with our responses.