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11 Dec 2006 4 Comments
by Tim Wayne
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Dec 11, 2006 @ 17:35:00
Oh, so an 8-year-old has NO idea what she's talking about? I doubt it. Do 8-year-olds learn anything in school? She's not 8 months old. So, this must be the first time a parent has ever used their child to promote their own political agenda… oh wait. How about those little kids holding up blown-up photos of gruesome abortions during Anti-Choice rallies? I'm sure those parents made sure their kids understood what they were doing. I'm sure those kids still have those horrific images seared on their brains. But, hey, that's alright, because they're Christians.
Dec 19, 2006 @ 08:28:00
To answer your question… no, an eight year-old does not understand this stuff. And thankfully, eight year-olds are not taught this stuff in school. Do you have any idea how young eight years old is? It's a second grader. It's a kid who barely reads and writes. Two steps from kindergarten. You still have to help them tie their shoes and explain that they put their shirt on backwards. There's no way the girl in the video understands what she is talking about.In this case, I couldn't agree with Bill O'Reilly more.I also agree with your example – about kids holding up abortion signs. It's the same thing. Parents dragging their kids into it. As a parent, both of these scenarios make me sick to my stomach. Taking such an innocent little human and forcing them to do something like this. It's just sick.We should be teaching our kids to love one another and embrace all walks of life and beliefs. This video is not any different than extremists in the middle east teaching their kids to hate americans. It's hate, plain and simple.
Dec 19, 2006 @ 09:16:00
Well, Schomer, your comment is contrary to one of the rules of the universe: Bill O'Reilly is always wrong. I kind of agree with you that when parents co-opt their children into their own political movements, it's sometimes creepy. However, in this country, we force children to do what we want, what to think and what to believe. I find this video no more offensive than seeing children in church—being taught ridiculous mythology, a mindset of guilt, and an outmoded, ancient, even hoaky concept of "good" and "evil." It's all the same to me.Another thought straight out of Christianity: Seven years is the age of reason. (not sure how I feel about this idea)Regardless, I would bet money that not only is this child ridiculously smart and precocious, but her parents are totally smart and funny and fun to hang out with (just like you, Schoemer 🙂
Dec 23, 2006 @ 19:58:00
I would expect a smart 8 yo Native American raised in a resentful
family to have some what of a grasp on the Christian backed genocide of
her people, as I would expect a similar African American child to know
things about slavery.In both cases I doubt they are taught that
all white people are evil and should be killed, though that is the
implicit message that O''Reilly tries to convey – otherwise why does
the child need to be taken away and "re-educated"?
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