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The Commission on the Status of Women (CWS) is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Each year delegates from 45 countries meet at the U.N. headquarters in NY to formulate concrete policies on women worldwide.
Volunteers from United Families International just spent the past week in NYC presenting and assisting delegates in formulating the wording in certain “outcome documents”. The language found in these outcome documents gets used everywhere and becomes known as ‘customary international law’. The phrases in the outcome documents have tremendous influence worldwide. United Families is there to help assure that the critical wording in these documents is family friendly. This is clearly a tough job. While the stated purpose of the conference, based on 8millenial goals (MDG’s), are eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieve a universal primary education, promote gender equality and empower women, reduce child mortality rates, improve maternal health, combat disease like HIV/AIDS and malaria, ensure environmental sustainability, and develop global partnerships, there are many NGO’s that use these goals to push comprehensive sexual education and sexual rights for children.
Carolina-Kawika Allen attended CSW with other UFI volunteers. She states:
“Certain NGOs have more sway and power at the UN. Many are using this power to create temporary fixes with long term devastation and oppression. Let me explain… While here at this conference it is clear to see how the solutions posed by very influential NGOs, promoting terms like, ‘reproductive health care for women and girls’, ‘child sexual rights’, ‘comprehensive sexual education’, etc. are in reality something else entirely.
Take for example the Goliath-NGO, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), with its most recent campaign ‘Exclaim’ for ‘child sexual rights’. Here you find that, and I quote, ‘Young people must be able to explore, experience and express their sexuality. They are entitled to do this in positive, pleasurable and safe ways. To secure young people’s sexual rights we must understand how human rights apply to young people’s sexuality’. Note that they are linking human rights directly with sexual rights, a legal move that is intended to codify sexuality in children, with the intent to eventually become legally binding. This campaign never even specifies how young, and in several places the word ‘child’ is actually used.”
As side event on human sex trafficking of children occurred, language that would have children as young as 5 taught masturbation, children as young as 13 introduced to pornography in the name of “sexual health”, and abortion services provided for every young woman by the age of 15 was being debated. Carolina exclaimed, “I sat in my chair fuming at the idea that the very language being included in these outcome documents were essentially ‘grooming’ children as a sexual predator would groom his victim.”
The term “Family” has become the most controversial word at the U.N. Countries that still believe that strong families are the solution to the MDG goals such as eradicating poverty, and hunger, educating children and stopping the spread of diseases are few and weak. They are mainly African, Polynesian, and Middle Eastern nations. The delegates from these countries are under extreme pressure to give way to the sexual rights agenda of the powerful NGO’s. They need the help of the few family friendly groups such as United Families International to stand strong in favor of the family.
Carolina concludes by calling upon the good strong women of the world to help fight the sexual right’s agenda in order to secure the safety of the child/parent relationship and the safety of children around the world. She declares:
“What I have found is the TREMENDOUS need for women, faithful, family centered, child-protecting, women–women like you and me who aren’t ashamed to claim and fight for their families–women who proudly claim their faith—strong and mighty women, who will fight for their children and the world’s children.”
The internet and I have a love/hate thing going on. It got me through junior high, high school, college, job hunting, Sunday lesson planning, worry-wart mothering, hobbies, genealogy, my Pinterest phase… I mean, I am an internet fan! Good, wonderful, informative, uplifting, uniting, blessed things can come from the internet! But the internet is also rich with things that A) I don’t want to know, B) I really don’t need to see, or C) are overwhelmingly useless in their contributions to humankind. (I won’t go into the blatantly hurtful and evil corners of the internet; we’ll save that for other kinds of posts.)
Last week, I read a post on the internet that has been eating away at my stray thoughts. It wasn’t awful. As a matter of fact, at the time it was unnervingly…funny. It took a few minutes for it to turn into one of the aforementioned useless contributions.
I’m talking about #firstworldproblems. It’s a hashtag affixed to posts (twitter, instagram, facebook, etc) talking about any and all annoying things facing the first world masses. Some are pretty clever, I must admit. But after a simple twitter search, it wasn’t long before I was ticked. Who were these ignorant people complaining about their too-short cell phone chargers and un-instant seat warmers!? Didn’t they know there were people with real problems out there!?
So, while I was still good and angry, I did a little research. I started with this video from Water Is Life, which would have brought me to tears if I hadn’t been so disgusted with my fellow suburbanites. Then I remembered a resource I used often in my college micro-economics class: the CIA World Factbook. Go ahead, take a gander. I let my soap-box arsenal build—an easy feat when you look at world stats on access to drinking water, per capita GDP, percentage of children 5 years and younger who are underweight, population percentages below the poverty line, HIV rates, doctors/hospital beds per 1,000 people, child mortality, education levels… I could go on and on.
Next I made a mental list of all of the gut-wrenching things I had seen in my life, including the conditions and life stories of the children and people I met while doing humanitarian work in Mozambique. The news feed on my phone contributed to my disgust as well. There were people out there complaining about the long line at Starbucks and the Oscars outcomes when hundreds of millions of people (Syrians, Sudanese, Afghanis, North Koreans…) live in fear and violence. I was armed and ready for an epic shower debate: you know, the kind that you have with imaginary opponents in your shampoo-frothy head as you practice for the day when you get to prove your point to the world!
Do you see where this is going?
It wasn’t long (I believe my hair was still wet) before I realized my mistake. I hadn’t learned a thing. I was so consumed with disappointment in others that I hadn’t once taken a moment to be grateful for my own blessings. I’d read a twitter post saying “Ugh, my Lego Indiana Jones sticker came in the mail today, but it’s too cold outside to put it on my car. #firstworldproblems” and immediately think of how insensitive and ignorant this person was of the countless shivering children with not enough shelter, blankets, or fuel to keep them warm; or those who walk miles and miles without transportation; or the overwhelming numbers of families who don’t have enough money to eat let alone buy a sticker. I was so busy with my shame on you’s, that I missed a great many opportunities to be thankful. I had brought judgment into my heart instead of gratitude and awareness. Shame on me.
I sat down. I prayed. I pondered. Then I did another twitter search—this time, however, I had a new perspective. These very same posts had gone from unnervingly funny, to useless contributions to humankind, to sources of gratitude and inspirations for service.
I have a healthy body, a clear and working mind, an incredible husband and two beautiful kids, a graduate education, a home to live in, healthy food to eat, a working car and the ability to pay a mechanic when it’s not. Because my daily struggles do not include worrying about where to get food for my children or whether or not violence will be a part of my day, I am in a position to help.
I can donate time, money, effort, and prayers. I can see #firstworldproblems and take the time to learn from it, ponder it, and be aware of the struggles of others—and if possible, I can do something about it.
A good friend of mine is fighting Agenda 21.
Another friend is educating neighbors and friends on our Constitution and its guaranteed freedoms.
My neighbor down the street shelters dogs in need of a good home.
I learned years ago, that there aren’t enough hours in the day or days in the week that would allow me to get involved in all good causes. But yesterday I was introduced to a cause that persuades me to make time for this one. I received the following email.
We need your help! Please join us in publicly recognizing these twelve as responsible parties in the spread of pornography and exploitation. Help us call on them to change their ways.
The email came from a Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director to Porn Harms . Her organization’s Morality in the Media, had made a list of twelve leading contributors to sexual exploitation. They titled their list, 2014 the Dirty Dozen List. I couldn’t believe what I read.
THE 2014 LIST
Attorney General Eric Holder – Mr. Holder refuses to enforce existing federal obscenity laws against hardcore adult pornography, despite the fact that these laws have been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court and effectively enforced by previous attorneys general.
Verizon – Verizon pushes porn into our homes now through hardcore pay-per-view movies on FIOS, smart phones, and tablets and as an Internet Service Provider with insufficient filtering options.
Sex Week – Yale and other colleges and universities repeatedly offer Sex Week on campus. Porn stars are routinely invited to lecture and pornography that glamourizes “fantasy rape” is screened.
Google – Google’s empire thrives on porn. Porn is easily available, even to children, through YouTube, GooglePlay, Google Images and Google Ads.
Tumblr – This popular social media blogging site bombards users with porn. Users must only be 13 and the filters do not work.
50 Shades of Gray – This bestselling book series and upcoming movie are normalizing sexual violence, domination, and torture of women. Oprah Winfrey Network, Broadway and other mainstream outlets have even promoted this abusive lifestyle.
Facebook – Facebook has become a top place to trade pornography, child pornography and for sexual exploitation. Facebook’s guidelines prohibit such behavior, but the company is doing little to enforce them.
Barnes & Noble – This Fortune 500 Company is a major supplier of adult pornography and child erotica. They regularly put pornography near the children’s sections in their stores and provide free, unfiltered porn publications on their Nook e-reader.
Hilton – This hotel chain, like Hyatt, Starwood and many other top hotel chains, provides hardcore pornography movie choices. Porn channels are often the first advertisement on their in-room TVs.
Playstation – PlayStation’s live-streaming abilities are filling thousands of homes with live porn and the PlayStation Store sells hundreds of pornographic and sexually violent games.
American Library Association – The ALA encourages public libraries to keep their computers unfiltered and allow patrons, including children, to access pornography.
Cosmopolitan Magazine – The magazine is a full-on pornographic, “how-to” sex guide, encouraging women to accept the pornified culture around them. They specifically market this content to teen girls.
The action that we choose to take whether it be in the form of letters, petitions, boycotts or donations will make a difference…this is a cause worth fighting. Spread the word!
Today’s news reported a shocking story of a three-year-old toddler being coerced into using terrible language and making obscene gestures simply for the entertainment of the adults in the room. A video of the incident was the punch that forced viewers to acknowledge that such child abuse could and would actually take place.
I recognize that this is an isolated case. I hope it’s an isolated case. Nevertheless, I can’t get the little boy’s image out of my mind, and I wonder if someone will step in to undo the wrong inflicted on one so young and innocent of fault.
It’s a tragedy when any person preys on children to abuse verbally, physically, sexually or emotionally. It speaks amorally of any society where child abuse and exploitation is significantly widespread. When there aren’t enough Child Protective Service caseworkers to protect the children who are being neglected or injured by parents or caregivers, I would consider the abuse to be at uncontrollable levels.
Even more alarming…what does it say about a society where men and women, specifically placed in positions of power and influence, exploit the most vulnerable.? And what does it say about a society who is so distracted by whatever the distraction, that they aren’t aware of the exploitation?
With Kevin Jennings in control of our children/grandchildren’s education do you think our full attention should be centered on what is being promoted in our schools?
Knowing full well Mr. Jennings’ history as a member of NAMBLA, (NAMBLA stands for North American Man Boy Love Association) President Obama appointed him to be the “Safe School Czar.” One of NAMBLA’s well-documented goals is to repeal the age of sexual consent laws because they believe sex between men and boys is beneficial.
Do we think he may have an agenda? And with his position as our country’s “safe school czar” (the title is laughable,) do you think the agenda is moving forward?
- “Safe Schools” czar Kevin Jennings to get $410 million in Obama’s 2011 federal budget. To push homosexual and transgender programs in America’s schools!
- Kevin Jennings helps introduce bill in Congress to require normalization of homosexuality, transgenderism, cross-dressing, etc., in America’s public schools! HB 2510: Every parent’s worst nightmare coming true.
Does such an agenda seem incredulous? Ask the parents in a public school in Montana who were alarmed to discover that homosexuality was actually being introduced to their first grade children. This homosexual curriculum then “progresses” through each grade level with fifth graders being taught the detailed descriptions of explicit sexual positions, anal and oral sex and explanations of benefits of swallowing certain bodily fluids. Does this strike horror to your heart?
Get involved! Shaking our heads in disbelief will accomplish nothing. Shaking our fists in anger will accomplish little.
Educate yourselves. Do your homework. Be aware of what is being taught in your children’s/grandchildren’s classroom. Be aware of what programs are being presented to your Jr. Sr. High students after school. And when you are informed, inform your friends and neighbors and hope that they will be just as concerned as you are. We need a ground swell to stop this exploitation.
As long as Kevin Jennings holds the position that he does, and as long as we have a president who endorses Mr. Jennings agenda, we don’t have the luxury to be distracted. The most vulnerable are being targeted. This “free-thinking,” “all-inclusive,” “tolerant” society we live in is going to irreparably destroy our children. Get involved to stop the madness taking place in schools near you.
“IT IS SO PLAINLY EVIDENT THAT BOTH THE GREAT GOOD AND THE TERRIBLE EVIL FOUND IN THE WORLD TODAY ARE THE SWEET AND THE BITTER FRUITS OF THE REARING OF YESTERDAY’S CHILDREN. AS WE TRAIN A NEW GENERATION, SO WILL THE WORLD BE IN A FEW YEARS. IF WE ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE FUTURE THEN WE MUST LOOK TODAY AT THE UPBRINGING OF CHILDREN…THE FAMILY DESERVES— NO, IT DEMANDS—OUR FOCUS AND ATTENTION…”Gordan B. Hinckley
Around the holidays I usually don’t want to think about politics, laws, or policies. But lawsuits, bad laws, and general bad ideas meant to damage the family, do not take a Christmas vacation. This Christmas the family is being attacked on many fronts.
Belgium is expected to become the first nation to legalize euthanasia for children, and 75 percent of Belgian’s approve. Right now the law is supposed to be for children who are terminally ill. That was the intent for the 2002 law that legalized euthanasia for adults. Now adults can just be “suffering” in any way mentally or physically to qualify for an assisted suicide. In my opinion, this is practically legalizing infanticide. Will children born with spina bifida or downs syndrome or any birth defect that the parents may have aborted the baby for be allowed to live? The culture of death is marching forward and children again are the losers.
Earlier this month, a federal District Judge, Judge Robert J. Shelby, recently heard arguments against the Utah Marriage amendment that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Much of the hearing focused on the state’s interest in procreation. Obviously unconvinced, Judge Shelby asked questions such as, “How is it by excluding same-sex couples from marrying you’re increasing procreation?” The Judge plans to have a ruling sometime in January. As it stands, things are not looking good for Utah’s marriage amendment. If Utah’s marriage amendment falls, the other 30 states with similar amendments may lose in court as a result.
Federal District Court judge, Clark Waddoup, has ruled that key parts of Utah’s polygamy laws are unconstitutional. While he did not legalize polygamy in that a man can now obtain as many marriage licenses as he chooses, the judge did legalize polygamy in that a man can now legally cohabitate with as many women as he chooses. Judge Waddoup based his decision on the 2003 Supreme Court ruling on Lawrence v. Texas in which the Supreme Court ruled that laws against consensual adult sex are unconstitutional.
Apple, creators of I-phones and I-pads have now created an app available through I-tunes for anyone 12 years of age and older. The app, known as Distinc.tt, tracks users locations via GPS and allows them to search for other users with similar interests. This app is meant for gay people trying to hook up with other gay people. In the past, such apps were only available for 18+ users. Distinc.tt managed to get approval for 12 year olds by advertising itself as the “LGBT app that you can bring home to Mom.” Gay or straight, it is still illegal for 12 year old children to have sex with adults. In selling this app to youth under 18, Apple is clearly making it easier for pedophiles to locate and prey upon young children.
Unlike the soldiers in World War I that took a break from fighting to remember Christmas the foes of family are not taking a break this Christmas and we cannot either.
This is not a topic I like to read about, talk about, or even think about. I did not want to write about it. Yet pedophilia is quietly being normalized. Responsible adults need to understand what is happening in order to act to protect children. Here are a few examples of how pedophilia is becoming normalized.
1. The October 2013, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) changed pedophilia from a disorder to an orientation.
In the new diagnostic manual, “Pedophilia” would no longer refer to a person who sexually abuses children but rather it would refer “to a sexual orientation or profession of sexual preference devoid of consummation, whereas pedophilic disorder is defined as a compulsion and is used in reference to individuals who act on their sexuality.” The APA is saying fantasizing over children is an orientation which only becomes a disorder when acted upon.
Behind the push to make these changes is a pedophilia advocacy group, B4U-ACT that is “working towards de-stigmatizing the mental health community.”
Fortunately, the APA retracted this change in classification calling it a mistake and promising to revise the online addition of the manual.
2. There are continual efforts to lower the age of consent. Last spring, a British lawyer, Barbara Hewson, publicly claimed the age of consent in Britain should be lowered to 13 in order to stop the “persecution of old men”. As outrageous as her comments sound, she is not alone.
In 2010 the Huffington Post published an article on why the age of consent needs to be dropped to as low as 14. The author argues that teenagers need to be having sex with each other and even encouraged to do so. The argument that teen sex should be legal ignores the reason the laws were made. Age of consent laws protect children and teens from adults who would coerce them into sexual relationships. Lowering the age of consent ignores the fact that children and teens brains are not developed enough to consent. Nor are teens and children developed enough to handle the emotional and physical consequences of intimate relationships.
Lowering the age of consent will protect pedophiles and harm children.
3. Governments are sponsoring research and pamphlets that encourage children to explore sex at young ages. Recently in Prince Edward Island, the provincial government printed a pamphlet telling parents that it is “natural and healthy” for young children to “touch the ‘private parts’ of familiar adults” and to look at “nude pictures on the Internet, videos, magazines”. These guidelines are similar to some of Planned Parenthood’s comprehensive sexual education guidelines.
In 2007, the German government published a pamphlet that encouraged fathers to rub the genitals of their daughters aged 1 to 3.
Quietly government agencies and private groups are trying to break down the barriers that criminalize sexual acts on children. Brick by brick, as these barriers are removed, pedophilia may no longer be viewed as a gross disorder and crime against children. If responsible citizens around the world do not act to stop this erosion, in another 20 to 30 years adults having sexual relationships with minors may be considered normal, consensual sexual relationships.
To further understand the history behind lowering the age of consent and normalizing pedophilia, go here…
On February 6, 2013, (the BSA’s 103rd birthday), the Boy Scouts of America was to announce its decision regarding the acceptance of homosexuals into their organization both as leaders and as scouts. It was announced that the decision would be delayed until the Boy Scouts annual meeting in May 2013.
Why would the Boy Scouts of America need to decide on this? They would in effect be overturning the Supreme Court’s decision in their favor. On June 28, 2000, the United States Supreme Court (Boy Scouts of America et al. v Dale) held that the constitutional right of freedom of association allows a private organization like the Boy Scouts of America to exclude a person from membership when “the presence of that person affects in a significant way the group’s ability to advocate public or private viewpoints.”
The Scout Oath (or Promise) says:
On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
And to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
The Boy Scouts of America does not believe that a homosexual lifestyle is a “morally straight” one.
Even though the Supreme Court gave its decision on this subject in 2000, many homosexuals will not rest until the Boy Scouts buckle. An opinion piece on a gay advocacy website, OpEdNews.com, reflects the depth of their disdain:
“As a private club, the US courts have ruled that the Boy Scouts are welcome to take this last, lonely, loathing stand against civil rights. For an organization that has existed 102 years and that congratulates itself for upholding the highest moral principles, it is sad that the Boy Scouts would flaunt such an appalling ignorance of history, morality, common decency and democracy.”
The real heat has come from the withdrawal of donations from corporations like Intel, UPS, AT&T and the Merck Foundation have recently suspended funding of the Boy Scouts of America with a nod from GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), until the ban on gay scouts and scout leaders is lifted. Brian Grill, Merck Foundation, explains: “We cannot continue to provide support to an organization with a policy that is contrary to one of our core beliefs. We remain ready and willing to re-consider our funding position in the event that the Boy Scouts of America were to revise its policy.”
In “Lessons from Gay Scouting in Canada,” Bradlee Dean warns:
“In 1998, Canadian Scouts (CS) decided to allow females, atheists, agnostics, homosexuals, bisexuals and transsexuals to join the CS. In 1999, they approved the establishment of an all-homosexual troop, which now marches in Canada’s “gay pride” parades. Within five years, scouting membership dropped over 50 percent. Many scouting camps and offices were closed, and staff was laid off.
Boys who become scouts to receive a healthy, moral upbringing are instead becoming lifetime victims of criminals who prey on children. Even worse is the lack of justice these young boys receive. Canada’s epidemic of child sex abuse is largely swept under the rug to protect pederasts.”
Father Benedict Groeschel of Larchmont, New York is considered the Catholic Church’s expert on Catholic Priest abuse. He says that 90 percent of the child abuse by Catholic Priests is done by homosexuals, and they represent only 10 percent of the total priests. These data are confirmed by a John Jay School of Criminal Justice study. This means that homosexual priests abuse children 81 times as frequently as heterosexual priests!
The Boy Scouts of America has sufficient justification to ask homosexuals to not serve as Scoutmasters.
Brian Rushfeldt, president of Canada Family Action, stated, “The notion that we need to protect homosexuals more than we need to protect children…has been a disturbing trend.”
Randall Stephenson, executive board member of the Boy Scouts of America and CEO of AT&T is slated to become chairman of the BSA board in 2014. You read that correctly. One of the men responsible for pulling funding from scouting because of its “anti-gay” policy is set to become its chairman next year.
It’s not too late to let the Boy Scouts know what you think.
BSA National Council:
Phone number: 972-580-2000
You’ve all heard the story of how to cook a frog? First you put the frog in a pot of room temperature water, then you slowly, slowly turn up the heat, and before the frog figures it out and can jump out, he’s cooked.
Do you remember the uproar years and years ago when Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) said the ‘damn’ word at the end of the movie? The public was outraged. This was in 1939. Now we would love to have the movie in which the only objectional word was ‘damn.’
Let’s review some history on the subjects of abortion, homosexuality, divorce, and euthanasia.
When Roe v. Wade became law in 1973, the abortion fight began in earnest in the U.S. At that time, abortion was only allowable in the first trimester. Even as citizens who valued the life of the unborn fought valiantly to overturn Roe, the Supreme Court ruled on another case and abortion then became legal, in effect, through the entire nine months of pregnancy. Not even the horrific procedure known as “partial birth” abortion (killing the baby as it is being born) is illegal in most states. Abortion has become so common and accepted that many women use it as a form of birth control. Incremental and Insidious.
Homosexuality has probably always existed to some degree. In our modern times, however, it has evolved from something that occurred among a small, discreet, minority of the population to a behavior that is increasing accepted, normalized, validated and even given the stamp of approval by those who wish to alter the definition of marriage to include homosexual relationships. Those who participate in the behavior have commandeered the word “gay” (instead of the word “queer”) to describe their “lifestyle.” Now the “gay” lifestyle is glamorized and promoted by TV shows, movies, and media with prominent Hollywood types, musicians, politicians and business rallying to the cause of “gay rights.” While NAMBLA (North America Man/Boy Love Association) along with those who promote all types of “inter-generational sex” continue to gain respectability and endorsement inside the ivy halls of high-end academic institution. Incremental and Insidious.
Divorce began to be more common than ever around World War ll, but that was just the beginning. There had to be some serious accusations against a spouse to have a divorce granted. The Catholic Church was openly against divorce and forbade it. Many couples stayed together until the children were raised only then would they divorce. But then came the push for divorce Laws to be relaxed with the legal world claiming that strict divorce laws served no purpose. In 1970, California instituted ‘No Fault Divorce’ and by 1973 most states had followed suit. This ushered in “unilateral divorce” where one party in the marriage (against the wishes of the other spouse) can ask for a divorce – no questions asked. This opened the flood gate for disposable marriages. You “fall out of love” you get a divorce – no matter what is does to your children or to the still-committed spouse. No-Fault divorce makes it clear that adults needs supersede the needs of children. Some 40 years later, the havoc that this has wreaked on society is still being analyzed and calculated, but one thing is clear – no one came out further ahead. Incremental and Insidious.
In all of these topics, would any of us who have seen the progression of these movements have realized how far it would go? In fact, if someone would have told us where it was going, we would not have believed them and considered them to be an alarmist.
INCREMENTAL – gradual, phased, piecemeal, step-by-step
INSIDIOUS – 1- awaiting a chance to entrap- treacherous 2- harmful but enticing 3- having a gradual and cumulative effect – subtle 4- developing so gradually as to be well established before becoming apparent
Now, euthanasia is more and more raising its ‘ugly’ head along with its many euphemisms: quality of life, compassion, death with dignity, right to die, choice. All of this is based, of course, on the premise that it is the patient’s wish. At what point, however, will it cross over into being against the patient’s wish?
In Compassion in Dying v. State of Washington (decided Mar 6, 1996) the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in a decision written by Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt:
“Known as a slippery slope argument or what one commentator has called the ‘thin edge of the wedge’ argument, the opponents of assisted-suicide conjure up a parade of horribles and insist that the only way to halt the downward spiral is to stop it before it starts . . .
The same nihilistic argument can be offered against any constitutionally-projected right or interest. Both before and after women were found to have a right to have an abortion, critics contended than legalizing that medical procedure would lead to its widespread use as a substitute for other forms of birth control or as a means of racial genocide [blacks have more abortions than any other group]. Inflammatory contentions regarding ways in which the recognition of the right would lead to the ruination of the country did not, however, deter the Supreme Court from first recognizing and then two decades later reaffirming a constitutionally-protected liberty interest in terminating an unwanted pregnancy. In fact, the Court has never refused to recognize a substantive due process liberty right or interest merely because there were difficulties in determining when and how to limit its exercise or because others might someday attempt to use it improperly.
Recognition of any right creates the possibility of abuse. The slippery slope fears of Roe’s (Roe v Wade) opponents have, of course, not materialized. The legalization of abortion has not undermined our commitment to life generally; nor, as some predicted, has it led to widespread infanticide. Similarly, there is no reason to believe that legalizing assisted suicide will lead to the horrific consequences its opponents suggest.”
INCREMENTAL AND INSIDIOUS
It wasn’t until I was an adult that I ever heard my dad talk about his experiences during World War II, and then it was because we asked questions that helped him open up and talk about them.
He was just 18 when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. He and my future Mom heard the news on a beautiful Sunday afternoon as they were enjoying a drive together after church services. Like thousands of other young men, my dad dutifully enlisted, left all he knew and loved behind, and went to war.
During the first few years of the war, he and his companion sailors looked at the war much like they would a basketball or football game…cheering when they would torpedo and sink an enemy ship, or shoot down an enemy aircraft. He said it was like an exciting competition to them, and they were winning.
But as the war progressed, and the enemy became more desperate, the suicide planes became the greatest threat and fear to these young men battling for home and country.
My dad would describe how most of the sailors couldn’t see the incoming Kamikaze aircraft. The only way they could detect how close they were to their battleship was by listening for the size of ammunition being fired. The biggest shells being fired meant that the suicide pilot and plane were still quite a distance out. As each round of ammunition would become smaller and the machine gun fire more rapid, all would recognize that their ship was in imminent danger of being hit. At this point my dad, as well as all other sailors not actively involved in taking down the enemy would take cover under the closest steel protection they could find. My dad’s ship was hit several times by these desperate combatants, and many lives were lost as a result.
Numerous times I have expressed my gratitude for not ever having to personally experience the horrors of war. But just recently I have been reminded, again, of the battles that are being waged all around me. As I listen to talk radio, watch the news stations, read newspapers and magazines, and discuss current happenings with family, friends and associates, I recognize that we are right in the middle of destructive force intended to destroy all that we hold dear. Unlike my dad, we can’t occasionally take cover. If we think that battles are won by ignoring the enemy we will be sadly disappointed to wake up one day and find friends and loved ones dying on the battlefield known as apathy and misguided priorities.
Are we so numbed by the enemies’ bombardment that we don’t recognize the imminent danger of what we are experiencing? Yesterday my husband showed me the most recent Time magazine cover…I don’t care how good the article may or may not be, when the media sensationalizes to sell magazines, we should speak out. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all about breastfeeding. That said, the picture is inappropriate for the front cover of a national magazine. Small battle? Perhaps, but if nothing is said, what pictures will be sensationalized in the future?
Many of us remember the shock by a previous generation when Rhet Butler’s “Frankly my dear I don’t give a damn” was used on the big screen. Where is the outrage today? Is it a battle we have lost? Absolutely!
Abortion, same-sex marriage, pornography, broken families, child abuse, child neglect, drug abuse, lies, deceit, corruption…These are much bigger battles in the war being waged, and we are being bombarded on every front. Do we speak up, write letters, become involved, teach our children, and take a stand to do better? How are you and I fighting the battles? This life is not a game. Just like all the fatalities and evils of past wars, we are playing for keeps. How many loved ones or even generations need to be destroyed before we recognize the battles, and take up the fight?