Keeping Kids Safe, The Crazy Way

January 1, 2010

Here we are, not even a full 24 hours into the New Year, and we already have an amazing display out and out crazy.

Some background before I delve into what will be a piece by piece criticism of what basically amounts to a political platform that is staggeringly backwards and ridiculous.  Mission:America is a Right Wing Christian organization whose purpose is “to equip Christians with current, accurate information about cultural issues such as feminism, homosexuality, education and New Age influences.”  I’m pretty sure you can imagine their stances on a number of issues.  Mission:America was founded by Linda Harvey (who also wrote the article in question), a former advertising executive who, as she puts it, “‘was part of the problem’”.

Well, Linda Harvey has decided to kick-start the New Year by writing a piece on “The Top 10 Ways To Make Kids Truly Safe in 2010″.  And here we go:

“As we close 2009, America is once more forced to confront the ongoing threat of terrorism.”Safety” for the citizens of the United States is foremost in everyone’s mind.

And yet we still face huge unresolved issues on the domestic front. For every parent, the future of our children is always top on our list. How do we make sure our kids are secure next year and in decades to come in an ever-more insecure world?

There are some actions well within the power of every knowledgeable and concerned parent. All we have to do, is do them. File these under “eternal vigilance.”  “

Apparently to write an article on how to keep kids safe you must go to the tried and true GWB Handbook, Chapter 1: Invoke Terror.  But I can forgive her that transgression, because, so far, her intent appears to be good.  She wants to keep kids safe, right? Let’s continue.

“10. Let’s teach our children to refrain from honoring oppressive, liberty-denying practices and beliefs. Children should be civil to all, but refuse to be manipulated into “respecting” Islam, praying to Allah, etc., no matter how many points it counts on the social studies/diversity unit test. They should urge every girl they know wearing a hijab to remove it and no longer submit to a system of subtle bondage. They should share the Gospel of Jesus Christ deliberately with every Muslim they know— and make sure these lost kids know that Christians believe in a loving God who gives us free will.”

I agree with her first sentence entirely; we should teach our children to refrain from that, to include Christianity, cults, and anything else that robs you of your ability to think clearly and rationally and that dictates to you how you should live your life down to the very minutia of day-to-day activities.  And for the record, and this may just be my ignorance speaking, so feel free to correct me, but I’ve never heard of any non-Muslim child being forced or even told to pray to Allah.  They shouldn’t be told to pray to ANYONE in a Public School.  Separation of Church and State is supposed to keep things like this from happening.  However, what really strikes me about this paragraph is its ending.  Tell people to abandon their faith and to join yours.  Very classy.  “Yes, little Muslim girl, remove your hijab! Don’t be oppressed by your religion! Instead, become a Christian, so you can still be oppressed, but without having to cover your head!”  And I only bring up oppression of females in Christianity because of passages in the New Testament that tell women to refrain from talking in public and to be submissive to their husbands in everything.  Some real freedom to be gained by converting from Islam to Christianity!

“9. Our homes should be safe havens. That means no carbon monitors, parenting or end-of-life counselors under ObamaCare, home school checks or community organizers. We should be able to hear truly free speech and porn-free programming on radio and TV stations, and neither we nor our children should ever be tempted to have our mortgages paid for us through government hand-outs.”

The only thing I really care to go after here is the thing about home school checks.  Don’t take that to mean that I don’t find problems with the rest, it’s just that such things have been handled elsewhere, and I just don’t care to go into them at the moment.  May I ask, what exactly is wrong with home school checks?  Wouldn’t you want, if you were a home schooling parent, to be checked up on to ensure that you were teaching your children facts and truth?  Or are you afraid of what they would tell you when they see that you’re telling them that Evolution is evil and that college is a liberal brainwashing institution and that you should only vote Republican? Home schooling should still be schooling; children should be getting a proper education and they should be learning things.  They shouldn’t have their heads filled with nonsense.  And because what children learn has a direct impact on the future of the nation itself, everyone should have a vested interest in what is being taught, whether in public schools, private schools, or home schools.  End of story.

“8. Our kids should not have to face the limited options and reduced quality of life in a once-great country burdened with crushing debt. They should not have to face fifty percent or higher taxes, few employment options, and life in a corrupt and increasingly vulnerable nation. Let’s hold elected officials responsible for reckless spending, pay-offs and pork, by removing them from power at the earliest opportunity.”

More politics that I don’t care to deal with at the moment.  But I would argue that we are a “once-great country” because of the direction people of her mode of thinking took us.

“7. Children should not be endangered personally by sexually transmitted diseases allowed to rage unchecked through our under-30 population because of political correctness. They should no longer be told the outright lies that life-threatening and/or debilitating infections can be managed through either latex or life-long, expensive drug therapy. Let’s not leave them with rampant infertility due to “everyone’s” reproductive damage. We need to establish a public health system that deals with reality.”

Outright lies? STI’s are rampant because of abstinence only programs funded and promoted by the GOP and the Catholic Church, and statistics show that by teaching Safe Sex as opposed to no sex that teen pregnancy rates and STI rates are much lower.

“6. Intrusive, low- quality and high- cost health care delivery should not be the legacy we leave our children. We should recognize that America has the greatest health care system in the world, that it truly needs little reform, except to recapture personal responsibility for both cost and options. Let’s refuse to put Washington, DC in charge of your son’s and daughter’s physical well-being.”

More Obamacare scare.  Sadly, having worked in the medical field for a few years, I can safely say that we do NOT have the greatest health care system in the world and that it does need reform.  This type of American Exceptionalism coupled with Socialist scares does nothing.

“5. Let’s give our children some true leadership choices. Let’s leave them examples like Sarah Palin, Jim DeMint, Mike Pence. Let’s stop propping up a failed and compromised GOP, and let’s make sure the Democratic/Socialist party fades into oblivion.”

Sarah Palin? Really? Hopefully by now you realize that anyone who thinks that Sarah Palin is a role model must be insane.  I’m sure you can just feel the Birther remark that seems to be coming (don’t worry, it doesn’t, surprisingly).

“4. We must pledge to overhaul the schools we are paying for. Let’s start sending our children to Christian schools, conservative charter schools, or begin home schooling them, while we simultaneously evict our local NEA-backed public school boards and replace them with smart soccer moms and dads who have true family values. Let’s get the radicals out of our taxpayer- funded classrooms, and refuse to vote for one more levy guaranteeing the same old anti-Christian, socialist, Darwinist, hyper-sexualized, and phony “green” school curricula.”

Again, she starts off on the right track, and then just fails, epically.  The Public School System in America needs to be overhauled, desperately.  Especially when it comes to Math and the Sciences.  Children aren’t learning what they should be learning.  Sadly, much of the lack in learning in the sciences is a direct result of parents who think like this.  Not wanting to offend anyone, Evolution and other theories are pulled out of the classroom.  As a product of a Christian School, I can safely say that that is not what children need.  To have their heads filled with nonsense about Science on top of the nonsense that is religion is doing a disservice to them and to their educational needs.  By moving in the direction that she wants us to move in, we would only be moving backwards when we need to be moving forward.  For such an American Exceptionalist, you would think that she would want America to be number one in the world in the Sciences.  But, we’re not. There is nothing “Anti-Christian” about schools except for the fact that they refuse to cater to Christianity, which is exactly what they should be doing.  Separation of Church and State.  And how exactly can a school be Socialist?  I don’t remember ever being taught that Socialism leads to good things while in school; in fact, if they get the education that they need, they will be able to see the shortcomings of socialism and the successes of socialism and be able to decide their own politics.  And Darwinism, while an almost pejorative misnomer, is necessary for our kids to perform better in the sciences.  Trying to teach Intelligent Design and that the Universe is only 6,000 years old is both intellectually dishonest and just plain wrong.

“3. As responsible stewards, we must continue to demand that U.S. Department of Education ‘safe schools’ czar Kevin Jennings be fired for his lack of experience plus his known radical, sexually corrupt ideology. Let’s also eject Obama’s Chicago crony, DOE Secretary Arne Duncan, and all public officials whose track records attest to “poor education as usual” policies. Where’s the commitment to genuine child safety? Let’s make plans to fire Barack Obama at least by 2012, too, while we are at it, before he does any more damage to the next generation.”

More politics, and politics that I will admit that I don’t know much about.  And unless Barack Obama is a sexual predator, I sincerely doubt that “firing” him will make children any safer than having a Republican in office will.

“2. Get all pro-homosexual and pro-promiscuity programs, literature, teachers, and counselors out of every school now. Remove “gay” clubs, Planned Parenthood at health fairs, and GLSEN- PFLAG- SIECUS activists. Cease all condom demonstrations, abortion referrals, on-site birth control dispensing, sexual orientation affirmation, and messing with children’s hearts, minds and bodies. Demand that schools uphold the traditional value of heterosexual identities, teach abstinence- until- marriage, and celebrate male/ female gender differences.”

Wouldn’t that make kids less safe?  What about the children who are bullied for being homosexual?  What about the children who commit suicide because of conflicts about being homosexual and their and their parents beliefs? And how does teaching abstinence only make children more safe? Didn’t we just cover how it makes things worse?  Homosexual groups, affirming one’s sexual orientation, abortion counseling, and allowing access to prophylactics and birth control are all things that are trying to make kids safer and to help them make wise choices.  It decreases teen pregnancies, makes an effort to stop bullying due to sexual orientation, among many other things.  Going this route would change things for the worse, yet again.

“1. Allow—no, welcome– Christianity back into the American public square…in schools, in community groups, in city council meetings, in the Senate, on city streets, in the courthouse square, in the media, in college lectures. Laugh at the ACLU. Elect judges who agree. Don’t elect presidents who think we are no longer a Christian nation.

Let’s refuse to leave our children an inheritance of American rubble. Instead, let our New Year’s resolution and fervent prayer be to give our children an America that is the best it can be.”

ALL RELIGIONS SHOULD BE KEPT SEPARATE FROM GOVERNMENT AND IT’S BODIES, TO INCLUDE SCHOOLS, COURTHOUSES, AND EVERYWHERE ELSE.  As a friend of mine once told me, religion should be treated like your genitalia: you shouldn’t show it off in public and you shouldn’t force it down your children’s throats.  There are a multitude of beliefs in America, and there is also a growing presence of lack of belief.  All of these need to be kept out of government and shouldn’t be proclaimed over another.  Just because I disagree with Christianity and every other religion doesn’t mean that I will make that known in full view of the public, and doesn’t mean that I will try to posit my Atheism over every other religion.  Nor do I want to proselytize and convert everyone to my lack of belief.  I respect religion when it comes to people’s personal faith, but when it extends beyond that in any way, I will speak out against it, just as anyone else should.  And America was never a Christian Nation. Ever.

Kudos to The Friendly Atheist for a great handling of this article and for also being the people who brought it to my attention. If you’ve never read Hemant Mehta’s blog before, you should!

I think that’s more than enough for now.

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