Monday, July 1, 2013

Repost: What would cause you to disown a child?

I've contributed to the Orlando Sentinel's Moms at Work blog since 2010. The blog is changing content management systems and my old posts will no longer be available to the public, so I'm reposting them here, in the order that they were originally posted.

Aug. 8, 2012

Earlier this week, one of the thousands of posters on Reddit put up a heartbreaking post in which he reports that he was disowned by his father five years ago after confessing his homosexuality.

In a letter he wrote to his son, the father, citing his faith, said the son was living an unnatural lifestyle and declared that he would never again communicate with the son.

I find this absolutely shocking. I can't imagine disowning a child unless something serious (probably criminal and/or sociopathic) was involved. Sexual orientation doesn't meet that standard for me.

To their credit, many of the commenters on Reddit, which can sometimes be a difficult place to post about sensitive issues, supported the original poster. One memorable comment from the thread was from a man whose son had come out as gay; that dad was appalled by the decision made by the original poster's father.

How would you have responded in the original dad's position? Is there anything that could cause you to disown your child?

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