This is not the case.
I've noticed recently on some adoption reform lists and groups to which I belong that criticism of this phenomenon is stretching beyond the movement itself to criticism of Christians in general, particularly conservative Evangelical Christians and Catholics. This makes me uncomfortable for several reasons.
First, it's personal, and I will not apologize for this. By now you've figured out that I'm Catholic. In the adoption world and in general, my faith is pretty well beat to a pulp every day, for things I, too, condemn, like the way Catholic leadership is addressing the priest abuse scandal or the nonsensical crackdowns on freedom of thought - think the Pope's recent smackdown of U.S. nuns.
In adoption, the criticism starts by pointing out the corruption or failure of Christian religious institutions relative to adoption: Catholic "homes" for unmarried pregnant women that served primarily to relieve them of their children; Christian orphanages cum adoption mills; Evangelical promotion of adoption to "save souls." I'm right on board with these.
I'm not on board with what typically follows, which is a broadening of the criticism to say Christianity and Christians in general are bad. Beyond the pure ugliness of religious discrimination, I personally don't believe these attitudes do much to get the mainstream to understand how dangerous it can be to treat adoption as charity.
Second, it smacks of the same small-minded bigotry we saw after the attacks of September 11, when Muslims in general were ostracized and worse for simply being Muslim. That's just plain wrong.
There are individuals out there, not generally part of the online adoption reform community, who understand the dangers of the "call to adopt" and are speaking out. I found a couple today:
- Father Thomas Brosnan's posts on adoption
- So You Think You Should Adopt? Please Don't.
- Off Target: America's Christian Adoption Movement
- Adoption is NOT cool
Maybe if that happens, more will gather the courage to start speaking their mind, which will interject a more realistic message about adoption from within these faith communities.
If you know of other Christian bloggers who are speaking out about adoption injustice in general or the Christian adoption movement in particular from the point of view of their faith, let me know who they are in a comment or an email. Thanks!