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Children's Museum Demands Apology For Outcry Over Telling Gay Couple They're Not A Family


In a move that surprised few, The Hands On Children's Museum of Jacksonville, Florida, which recently told a gay couple they were not a family, is now claiming to be the real victim of unfair treatment and is demanding an apology.

In a statement, the museum says it is being slandered with false accusations and is overwhelmed with the amount of outcry online and over the phone. The museum says it couldn't possible discriminate against anyone because its policies are not discriminatory:

The Jacksonville “Hands On” Children’s Museum has never discriminated against anyone. But in fact the “Hands On” Children’s Museum , it’s employees, the board members, the donators and sponsors, the director, the directors family and her husbands church are being discriminated against, attacked and threatened. The director was yelled at and screamed at and feels the Hands On Children’s Museum deserves an apology for how the museum is being treated. This is a children’s museum.

Oh the logic of bigotry.

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  1. Just exactly what are "donators."

    Posted by: TomTallis | Jun 16, 2013 8:18:58 PM

  2. Considering the record of many anti-gay religious zealots, I'm not sure I want to know how "Hands On" this children's museum really is.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Jun 16, 2013 8:21:10 PM

  3. I gotta love stories that come from my 'point of origin'.

    The two best things about Jacksonville are the hot-ass (literally) redneck surfers at the beach and the fact I'm no longer living there.

    Posted by: Michael | Jun 16, 2013 8:34:23 PM

  4. Good joke bobbyjoe. By the way, I'd have to go across Duval county to find a gay bar where I live in Jacksonville.

    Posted by: Steve | Jun 16, 2013 8:36:29 PM

  5. Who do they think should apologize? The world in general?

    Posted by: Mike in the tundra | Jun 16, 2013 8:44:24 PM

  6. "We are proud to be bigots, and it is hateful to call us out for it..."


    Posted by: TonyJazz | Jun 16, 2013 9:00:04 PM

  7. This is a very fashionable argument these days: that refusing to tolerate intolerance is itself intolerant.

    Unfortunately, ad hominem attacks like "Oh the logic of bigotry" do nothing to demolish such arguments. In practice, allowing ourselves the self indulgence of being insulting rather than argumentative tends to imply that we have no arguments.

    This is how public debate more often than not degenerates into a sandbox full of toddlers screaming "You're a poo poo head!"

    Posted by: Bryan | Jun 16, 2013 9:14:25 PM

  8. 'This is a children’s museum.' Run by bigots.

    Posted by: JONES | Jun 16, 2013 9:45:19 PM

  9. That there's a renovated U-tote-M if I ever saw one.

    Posted by: David | Jun 16, 2013 9:51:58 PM

  10. yeah that always works play the victim persecuted by them bad evil homos

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 16, 2013 11:02:10 PM

  11. The "Hands On Children" Museum? Sometimes the jokes just write themselves!. Hard to take these yahoos seriously.

    Posted by: BETTY | Jun 16, 2013 11:21:05 PM

  12. Never trust an institution that can't spell "its" to teach your children.

    Posted by: Vint | Jun 16, 2013 11:48:43 PM

  13. Yes, the apostrophes are all over the place, there when you don't need them and absent when you do. But as the first poster pointed out, "donaters"? What kind of museum doesn't know the word donors, who after all keep the door open at this hateful little place?

    Posted by: Brian1 | Jun 17, 2013 12:46:34 AM

  14. @Brian1:

    Hee hee.....they sure have a major apostrophe problem; they should be shut down on the basis of bad teaching/example to children.
    Now it seems that their feelings have been hurt by criticism of their bigotry......what a precious crowd of nellies.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jun 17, 2013 2:24:51 AM

  15. Next they'll want to take away Christmas. Poor victims.

    Posted by: deke | Jun 17, 2013 7:34:19 AM

  16. We've gone from bigots turning around and giving insincere apologies to actually asking the people they've offended for an apology? Unreal.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 17, 2013 7:43:49 AM

  17. Notwithstanding another blackeye for my home state but pedophiles have a museum now?

    Posted by: DC Arnold | Jun 17, 2013 8:07:51 AM

  18. Those bigots can kiss my a$$.

    Posted by: RMc | Jun 17, 2013 9:40:14 AM

  19. THEY will NEVER figure it out! The whole state is amazingly backward and redneck! Don't count the out of state license plates, count the confederate flags!

    Posted by: billmiller | Jun 17, 2013 10:38:24 AM

  20. Actually, this kind of thing is very 'Florida.' I have lived here 8+ years, and am still taken aback by how quickly Floridians go into what I have denominated "Florida Victim Mode." It's the act of portraying yourself as some kind of victim when you are taken to task, appropriately, for something you did and ought not have done, or refrained from doing when it was incumbent upon you to do it.

    Needless to say, you see this FVM behavior often from government employees, but it really is endemic in the culture. It may, in fact, just be "southernism," which is all about making excuses for unacceptable behavior. Floridians, when given a choice between progress and victimhood, will always choose the latter, as it allows them to be lazy and not change.

    Posted by: Alan | Jun 17, 2013 1:50:02 PM

  21. once again the bigots scream victim .

    Posted by: walter | Jun 17, 2013 2:43:21 PM

  22. Maybe they don't call it discrimination in their congregation at church but, it's still discrimination. And, if you're going to do the crime, you do the time. And, no, they are no being discriminated against. They're bigots. They get what they deserve.

    Posted by: Victor_in_PA | Jun 17, 2013 3:10:08 PM

  23. Now, after they've changed their website and enrollment for memberships - they've found a perfect way to be the persecuted victims. NOM will be all over this eventually - airing this as another Gay Agenda - vicious homosexual lobby - attacking family operated christian children's museum.

    Now, it's ONE named Parent, and 10.00 for another PERSON, Parent or Not Parent not relevant.

    Posted by: RexT | Jun 17, 2013 8:07:33 PM

  24. this is absolutely absurd. The women that this happened to are dear friends of my daughter's. What started out as a Facebook "vent" has turned into a boycott of the museum and a protest on Saturday! Help us out! Sign the petition at https://www.facebook.com/BoycottTheHandsOnChildrensMuseumJacksonville
    and the protest at https://www.facebook.com/BoycottTheHandsOnChildrensMuseumJacksonville

    Posted by: Kelly | Jun 18, 2013 5:04:09 PM

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