WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH?
When’s the last time you heard…?
“Adoptee groups must never publically criticize the actions of another adoptee organization – it is bad for the total adoption reform movement.”
“Adoptees must stick together.”
“If we don’t support each other, no one else will.”
“You mustn’t poke your nose into a state in which you don’t live because you don’t understand what is right and wrong, good or bad, for that particular state.”
How tired I am of hearing these excuses whenever I publically disagree with a bill or a position or an event held by another adoptee or adoptee group. I am just like any citizen of the United States. I can exercise my freedom of speech and speak out for or against any piece of legislation, in any state, for any reason. I’ve been told that this is name-calling, ignorance, sabotage. But it’s not – it’s debate, dissent, disagreement.
Adoptees don’t belong to one huge fraternity. We have not taken an oath of allegiance to each other. We have never sworn to uphold the “party line.” We are individuals who happen to have been adopted.
Being an adoptee does not define me. Being a citizen with the courage and conviction to speak my mind does.
Three cheers for America, where I can criticize government, write about elected officials, and shout my opinions from the rooftop.