Letter to the Editor: Let children act their age

^ Posted 3 days ago

Editor:

On the Oct. 7, on my way to work, I saw another anti-abortion protest in Woodstock. That's fine, it's your right to protest. However, I also saw numerous children stuck there holding up signs, several of whom I'm reasonably sure don't even know where babies come from - a few appeared to be 5 years old at the most.

When they return to school, their friends will ask what they did over the weekend, and what do they say? I reiterate, they don't know what's going on; either they repeat the lines fed to them and look weird, or they keep silent either to avoid scorn or simply out of ignorance.

And they truly don't know. I understood the basic concept of reproduction and childbirth at an early age on account of an old medical textbook laying around the house, but even then I wouldn't have even the vaguest understanding of the full issue. Even as adults, many gloss over the details - even the politicians making these decisions. And you expect elementary-age children to get it?

Protest if you wish. It is, as I said, your right. But let children act their age. Besides, if you're not old enough to vote, why should we consider you old enough to form enough of an opinion to protest?

Jacob Papson, Woodstock





7 Comments



Why are they protesting this in Woodstock? Is there an abortion clinic in that area? I can understand the sentiment of taking your children, I have taken mine to a pro-choice rally and while they may not understand exactly whats going on children tend not to fall far from the tree. That being said if the protests involve the gore photos that are so common I'd say that is too much for a small kid.

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN), a former physician, had an affair with a patient that resulted in him pressuring the unidentified woman to get an abortion in September 2000. A Tea Party Republican congressman DesJarlais who has backed anti-abortion legislation has been revealed to have pressured a mistress to get an abortion of her own...not only pressured her to get the abortion but ACTUALLY performed the abortion procedure HIMSELF.

Former Rep. Lincoln Davis (D-TN), who lost his reelection bid to DesJarlais in 2010, told the Post his campaign was sent a transcript of the call late in the campaign, but did not use it because Davis wasn’t able to verify it at the time. (admirable) However, Davis said DesJarlais’ ex-wife, Susan, later confirmed the information.
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/10/10/report-anti-choice-republican-forced-mistress-to-have-an-abortion/

"Protest if you wish. It is, as I said, your right. But let children act their age. Besides, if you're not old enough to vote, why should we consider you old enough to form enough of an opinion to protest?"
- Jacob Papson
___________

Yes, it is amazing to me how adults put their children in the middle of stuff like this: regardless of an opinion or belief, this is no place for children.

Unfortunately it is the same mentality that dress up little girls in fancy, glittery attire and make up to enter those outrageous "baby beauty contest" (so-called). It's probably the same mentality that pushes young boys into sports by daddy wannabe.

Then feed them a steady diet of hormone-laced animal flesh and by first grade many girls are showing signs of puberty. Talk about letting children be children, all of society seems to be in on the game. Turn on TV, get online: they will get a instant education.

Ignorance, hate and "beliefs" are indeed taught. Children come to school with their parents ideas already well established and the public schools take it from there.

Right you are, Diane.

Jacob: "Besides, if you're not old enough to vote, why should we consider you old enough to form enough of an opinion to protest?"

So Jacob, are you saying unless you are old enough to vote YOU CAN'T have any opinions? What about teenagers? Don't they think for themselves? How about them driving then? Do your children drive? If so, why are you letting them to do so because it takes decisions to do so?

Maybe these adults are showing their children what citizens are allowed to do in this country or that they have the right to picket and express their 'own' feelings. No matter how old they are. Or can't kids tell their parents they don't want to dress like that or play sports even at a young age?

No parent ever wants to hear unasked input regarding their parenting. Whether there is any actual harm being done to the children or not. When my children were small, I used the "leash". From a cord that connected us wrist to wrist, to animal backpack style the last one loved dearly. Some people understood why...other's had their bs to spout. No matter what it is some other parent is bound to disagree.

I'm with ALJ. More than likely whether present or not these children are going to grow up with the usual lies and misinformation that I've yet to see at a so called pro-life event. If they are the child of a parent standing there holding the sign with the chopped up full term baby...I imagine they see it at home too.

The better fight is in fighting the lies they tell and making sure the right information whether people agree with it or not is out there.

Kids can find the "usual lies and misinformation" reading these postings.

BTW: There were no "numerous children stuck there holding up signs, several of whom I'm reasonably sure don't even know where babies come from - a few appeared to be 5 years old at the most"... I was there the whole time.

Children can also listen to the culture at large which has become quite adept at reducing a child to a "choice."

Give them more credit -- and their parents, too. They have every right to contradict the status quo.



Leave a comment

What do you think?

(You may use HTML tags for style)

Comments

Comments that are posted on nvdaily.com represent the opinion of the commenter and not the Northern Virginia Daily/nvdaily.com. If you feel that a comment is objectionable, please click on the Report Abuse link above. We will review the reported comment and make a decision on deleting it if we feel that it contains inappropriate content.







Copyright © The Northern Virginia Daily | nvdaily.com
152 N. Holliday St., Strasburg, Va. 22657
Contact Us: (800) 296-5137 | info@nvdaily.com
nvdaily.com | The Northern Virginia Daily