Recently, one of my SisterChicks, Julie Klose, wrote an article called ‘Racism in America: A Child’s Perspective‘. She wrote, “Someone once told me that we are shaped by our upbringing and our world-view in how we deal with race. I believe that is true. However in my years of teaching I have never met a racist preschooler.” Of course that’s true. Over the past month or so, I have seen some startling examples of parents shaping their children in some decidedly unnerving ways.
About a year ago, I did a story about some shocking anti-Semitic lessons taught to young Palestinian children. One lesson concluded with the children performing a play where they behead a Jewish ‘soldier’. Just as troubling, recently, Official Palestinian Authority TV showed a group of children reciting a poem about “wretched pigs”…Jews. The first verses:
“I do not fear the rifle because your throngs are in delusion and ignorant herds.
Jerusalem is my land, Jerusalem is my honor
Jerusalem is my days and my wildest dreams.
Oh, you who murdered Allah’s pious prophets (i.e., Jews in Islamic tradition)
Oh, you who were brought up on spilling blood
You have been condemned to humiliation and hardship.
Oh Sons of Zion, oh most evil among creations
Oh barbaric monkeys, wretched pigs.”
Is it any wonder there’s no peace in the Middle East? Clearly they have no interest in anything peaceful, their only resolution would be total destruction of the Jewish state. Surely the parents of American children wouldn’t subject their children to such vile behavior, right? Sadly, they would, and they do. The radical Left has taken a page from their Islamic heroes.
A few days after the “I Stand with Wendy” Texas filibuster in favor of aborting healthy, viable babies after 20 weeks gestation, pro-abortion protesters utilized their young daughters for the cause. One photo shows a woman and four little girls, the oldest being maybe 6-years-old and holding a sign that reads, “If I wanted the government in my womb, I would [f-word] a senator”. I could only pray the child couldn’t read. Other signs were just as depraved and vulgar, and plenty of children were there to ‘help’. How (why?) do you teach a small child about killing a healthy, viable baby? How do you justify it?
The arguments in favor of this type of action come from the same people who claim that by raising children as Christians, we’re ‘abusing’ them! I’m not blind to the fact that some parents on the Right have used similar tactics, I disapprove of them as well. Seeing kids at pro-life rallies carrying photos of aborted babies is unsettling, and it’s unfair to the child. It’s bad enough that they’re exposed to things we don’t necessarily approve of. Even the old ‘family hour’ on T.V. (family-friendly programming until 8 or 9 p.m.) is long gone. Just today, an ad shown at 3:45 p.m. showed a couple rolling around in bed. It turned out to be an ad for a new evening show…on ABC Family! Do you ever wonder how far this will go? I know I do.
Currently, the media is showing practically non-stop coverage of the George Zimmerman case. Shortly after the verdict was handed down, the news showed a huge group of people, from both sides, gathered outside of the courthouse. Children were everywhere! Many were holding signs with the now familiar, ‘No Justice. No Peace.” slogan. Some signs were too vulgar to repeat here and some kids as young as 3 or 4 were crying and hugging their parents. Obviously the case could be used as a lesson to children, but why would you bring your children to the courthouse while you breakdown in hysterics and there’s a very, very real possibility of a riot? Same with the ‘protests’ (mob scenes), children are everywhere! Teens on Twitter are encouraging the murder of Zimmerman, some kids are threatening to do it themselves, including one who claimed to be an 11-year-old!
The example given by MSNBC anchor Melissa Harris-Perry speaks volumes about the wrong way to involve a child in the news of the day. Harris-Perry explained to another anchor why she was so emotional and told her audience that black families should hold their kids a little closer after the verdict. Near tears and with her voice shaky, she said, “I think part of the reason I was having that reaction was because my 11-year-old is apparently — she’s home with her father — and she was watching, and texted me that she felt like there was no justice in America. And my big sister told me that her 12-year-old son had gotten in bed with them tonight.”
With the pound of a gavel, we now have a little 11-year-old girl who now thinks there’s no justice in our country! Her cousin, possibly so afraid for his own safety in America, has to get in bed with mom and dad? What happens when these kids go out to play? Are they constantly on the lookout for a ‘white-Hispanic’ man with a gun? Are they telling their friends how unjust and unsafe America is for black children? I’m not suggesting they ignore an issue that’s important to them, but they can teach a child without damaging their sense of security and taking away love they should feel for our country!
After tornadoes and hurricanes, the liberals trot out within days, and over the dead bodies of children, they cry “climate change caused the tornado!” Then there’s our president who, in perhaps the most sickening example, used the deaths of the Sandy Hook victims (and used their parents) to pimp out more gun control laws. Dennis Prager gave a thought-provoking analogy regarding Obama’s abuse, “How would you react if a pro-death penalty president traveled across the country with parents of murdered children — on behalf of capital punishment?” I’m not really sure why he bothered, he signed 23 Executive Orders on gun control, but it’s accepted ’cause he repeated the liberal mantra, “It’s for the children!”
It’s impossible not to feel sympathy for kids like Stephanie Pucheta. You might remember the YouTube video that Huffington Post and others offered up to guilt us into embracing the Amnesty bill. Sweet little Stephanie is just heartbroken after the “cruel” Americans took her daddy away. What a mean, dirty little tactic to use! Never mind that daddy was here illegally. Never mind that over 70% of illegal immigrant households (in 2009, likely higher now) with children use at least one welfare program. And, never mind that those who receive welfare tend to pay little or no income tax.
School, dance class, sports, play dates, social pressure, broken families/friends with broken families, news they can’t avoid and so much more. Children who are under a great deal of pressure can suffer from depression, panic attacks and are at an increased risk for suicide. Conservative parents face the challenge of having to counter these liberal propaganda tactics that are used on our children in school, on T.V., online and by their peers. We must strengthen their faith, teach them why our country is the greatest in the world and how important it is to keep it that way. We must demonstrate tolerance because soon enough they’ll realize the type of tolerance the Left is pushing is only for things they agree with. Hug them extra tight, no matter their race, and have enough faith in your ability to change things so they can be kids as long as possible.
“And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” ~Ephesians 6:4