They say children are not their parents' keepers but, in the case of someone as famous as Brad Pitt, his mother's anti-gay, anti-abortion and anti-Obama open letter was bound to make headlines precisely because she is his mother.
The piece in question was printed in The Springfield News-Leader over the weekend, in response to another opinion piece explaining why Christians would be in their right to vote for Mitt Romney on account of his being a Mormon, The Hollywood Reporter
Signed by Jane Pitt, the letter argued that Christians would better consider voting for Romney because he was not Obama, did not support same-gender marriage and was very much against abortion.
After word of this got out online, the editors of the papers printed a note to say the Jane Pitt who had authored the piece was not related in any way to Brad Pitt, the Hollywood A-lister who made it a point of not marrying his partner Angelina Jolie until all the gays in the US also could do so legally.
A second note was added shortly afterwards, mentioning that, indeed, Jane Pitt was mother to actor Brad Pitt and businessman Doug Pitt.
In the letter, Mrs. Pitt says that, while she differs from the Mormon religion, she believes Christians should vote for Romney.
“But I think any Christian should spend much time in prayer before refusing to vote for a family man with high morals, business experience, who is against abortion, and shares Christian conviction concerning homosexuality just because he is a Mormon,” she writes.
“Any Christian who does not vote or writes in a name is casting a vote for Romney’s opponent, Barack Hussein Obama – a man who sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church for years, did not hold a public ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer, and is a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage,” Mrs. Pitt adds.
“I hope all Christians give their vote prayerful consideration because voting is a sacred privilege and a serious responsibility,” she adds.
As noted above, this would have probably gone by unnoticed, had not the woman been Brad Pitt's mother.
Some years ago, when asked whether he had any intention of ever marrying Angelina Jolie with whom he has 6 children, Brad said they would only consider it after same-gender marriage was legal throughout the US.
However, in April this year, Brad and Angelina announced their engagement, with some reports saying a wedding will most likely take place this fall.