“As a Latina mama in touch with a number of other Latinas with traditional family values, I can tell you we are faced every day with people who are ‘polite to us in person’ but who advance and execute policies that assault our values, harm our families, and hurt our children.” Ana Samuel
Ana Samuel, The Witherspoon Institute, Public Policy Journal, April 17, 2019
Ana Samuel, Ph.D., a research scholar at the Witherspoon Institute and founder of the marriage movement CanaVox, warned 2020 Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg that his homosexual ideology is dangerous to the nation and that she and millions of other Latina mothers with traditional family values will “be polite” towards gay activists but will also resist “policies that assault our values, harm our families, and hurt our children.”
Ana Samuel is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and her husband is an Argentine immigrant; they have six children. She is a graduate of Princeton University and her Ph.D. in politics is from the University of Notre Dame. Pete Buttigieg, 37, is the mayor South Bend, Ind., and running for the Democratic presidential nomination. He is openly gay and “married” to a man, Chastan Glezman. Buttigieg is a graduate of Harvard University and Pembroke College, Oxford.
In a commentary for Public Discourse, The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute, Samuel wrote “A Message to Mayor Pete From a Latina Mama: Don’t Force Your Sexual Ideology on Me and My Children.'”
Samuel noted that Buttigieg has tweeted that some people are often “polite to you in person” but then support policies that are contrary to the LGBT agenda — that “harm you and your family.” This tweet’s “sub-text,” according to Samuel, “is that anyone who refuses to cheer for same-sex marriage or support the Left’s sexual ideology is a bigot—someone who is out to harm Mayor Pete and his family.”
But this “cuts both ways,” wrote Samuel, specifically naming “policies that undermine our parental rights and duties by seeking to indoctrinate our children in progressive sexual ideology without our consent and sometimes in spite of our explicit protest.”
These policies, she said, include reading assignments in the public schools that are explicitly designed “to normalize LGBT lifestyles”; sex education classes that promote abortion, masturbation, condom use, sex toys, and rectal intercourse; “[p]ediatricians who ask to see our teenagers alone and then push to prescribe them contraceptives or ask them about sexual behaviors that we find offensive”; “public library programming where unicorns, rainbows, gingerbread persons, drag-queen story hours, and other symbols of progressive sexual ideology make an appearance, so that we must regularly steer our toddlers clear of the propaganda”; and promotion of transgender propaganda in the schools.
“Mr. Mayor, it is hypocritical for you to cry foul about policies that ‘harm you and your family’ while your side pushes for government intrusions into the parent-child relationship at the most fundamental levels,” said Samuel.
She then said that many Americans are “prepared to co-exist peacefully” with the LGBT community but do not want to be re-instructed on “what sexual values to cherish and uphold.”
As for the gay lifestyle itself, Samuel said, “It is not a good idea to tell society that you don’t need a member of the opposite sex to have a baby or that kids don’t need a mom and a dad because they will do fine in any kind of arrangement. That’s not true, and there’s plenty of empirical data to prove it.”
“[I]t takes a lot of money to circumvent nature,” said Samuel. “It takes upscale health insurance to pay for those doctor’s visits to the urologist, OBGYN, and additional medical care linked to sex outside of marriage, rectal intercourse, or cross-sex hormones. It takes a lot of money to pay for that surrogate rent-a-womb so that two men can have a baby. Even if she’s from a third world country—and easily exploitable—it’s still expensive (and the ethics don’t look good). It also takes a lot of money to go through IVF, usually requiring dual-income households.”
She continued, “The fact is, permanent, monogamous, exclusive marriage between husband and wife is the cheapest and highest quality deal on the market. It’s the most financially accessible way to have a child and the safest way to experience sexual pleasure.”
“Ask yourself: is the lifestyle you are setting up as a pattern for others to follow replicable and sustainable?” said Samuel. “Or does it further destabilize the family form that has provided the greatest financial and social stability to women, children, and the poor? The evidence consistently points to the latter.”
“The weight of the past 50 years of social science evidence is virtually unanimous in its conclusion: children—and societies—do best when kids are raised by their married, stable, biological parents,” said Samuel.
“Separate a child from his or her biological mother or father, and you’ve made that child much more likely to experience internal conflict, significant pain and suffering, relational struggles, and a host of other issues.”
“So yes, be polite to us, and we will be polite to you,” said Samuel. “But we know that we are in an intense battle for the hearts and minds of our children” and as “long as we still enjoy the freedom of association in this country, we will continue to meet and organize, to speak and teach.”
In conclusion, Samuel said, “Speak up! Do not let the gender ideology of the Left destroy our family values! Do not stop exercising your rights as mothers! Mamas of the world, unite!”