August 1, 2006

Too Hot to Handle

With heat like this, you'd have thought it was too hot for me to go on a rant.

You'd have thought wrong.

Where to start? Mel Gibson, foul-mouthed arsehole who has gone from making movies about Christ to actually believing he is Christ?

How about the crazy uproar over a magazine cover showing a baby nursing? My teenage son wouldn't even snicker over that. Could we get one thing straight, everyone? Nursing a child is normal. It isn't gross, it isn't sexual, it isn't shameful. I will never in a million years understand the odd things that can motivate someone to write an enraged letter to the editor. This magazine has endured huge fallout over a nursing infant, while elsewhere in the world, let's see, children being bombed in their beds in Lebanon, tens of thousands of children forced to walk miles every night to escape kidnap by rebel forces in Uganda, and in Rwanda 6 year old children are becoming the heads of families because of the ravages of AIDS.

Anybody need any additional perspective? Are North Americans truly that obsessed with their tiny, trivial, inane First World problems?

And now let me stop my hands from shaking as I read that convicted pedophile Peter Whitmore has apparently kidnapped another young boy. This makes my heart rip. Why does this society place so little value on the safekeeping of its children? Why do we fail, repeatedly, the most vulnerable, and most valuable part of our community?

This monster, and others like him, should be tossed for good. Now, having said that, who lets their kid go with someone they don't know? If some older guy was befriending either of my boys, alarm bells would be sounding so loud in my head you'd be able to hear them. I know these bastards choose their victims carefully, and cut the weakest from the herd. So, do more than protect your own children. Keep an eye out for all children, and risk being intrusive or nosey. If someone is struggling as a single parent, forget feeling smug or grateful that you're not in that situation. Do something. Help. Give that child other options that make it less likely he or she will be easily flattered or lured by one of these creeps.

We have to stop punishing the children for the transgressions and bad choices of the parents. Period. Park your judgement and realize we all have a duty and obligation to all the children in our community. Sometimes one kind word can change a whole life.

Alright. I'm done. Sorry for the blathering. But am I really alone in this?


Blogger Rainypete said...

What!?! You mean parents should be responsible for their children??

That's exactly the sort of radical thinking that generates respectful and courteous people, thus ending decades of social degeneration that is the cornerstone of our world. What are you thinking??? Teachers would be available to teach instead of controlling bad behaviour. Kids would do chores and talk to each other instead of playing xbox and lipping off. Chaos......utter chaos.

August 01, 2006 12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen to all that! I do not understand the liberal treatment given to these "monsters" who walk among us destroying children. It does take a village to raise a child these days. You sure nailed the proper name for Mel - what a role model for his kids. It seems common sense is a rare commodity these days. Keep up the good work. Thanks, Sandie Thomas

August 01, 2006 12:58 PM  

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