There are some good discussions about gay teens and their rights. It reminded me of an event on Easter Sunday. I was driving down the street with my son and husband to go to the park. Nice day out and there was a protest going on. They held up signs about gays burning in hell, quotes of scripture, and other signs blaming out American troubles on homosexuals. What caught my attention was not how they were dressed (in some sort of costume) but that they had young children with them. Children handing out "information." I was so disturbed to see young children used to spread hate. My son asked why I was disgusted. How do you explain "hate" to a young child? I just said that you know how you are taught at school to be a peace maker (lesson they had been currently working on) - well they are not peace makers they are trouble makers. They teach hate. How would you have explained it? I should not have had to explain
Answer by NotPanicking at 10:24 PM on Apr. 6, 2010
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Answer by writeon at 10:24 PM on Apr. 6, 2010
South. But I don't kid myself, I know these protests happen every place. I was just sad to see children used in such a way where they didn't even have any idea about what they were saying or doing. They had to have known they would also get some very angry responses and were okay with their children being caught up in the middle.Â Putting your child in that situation really disturbed me.Â I just can't get the images out of my mind - kids walking up to cars, as young as five, smiling, and saying God burns sodomites.Â Seriously?Â They don't even know what they are really saying!Â Its one thing to be an adult and protest...but to actually use your child as an instrument to deliver your message.Â My husband said it didn't matter if the kids were there or not protesting on the street.Â They obviously will get their parents' message loud and clear at home.Â
Answer by frogdawg at 10:36 PM on Apr. 6, 2010
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Answer by NotPanicking at 11:57 PM on Apr. 6, 2010
WTF, where do you live? I call it domestic terrorism. My friend saw a bunch of neo nazis the other day. I tell my son that we are not like them because we are the good guys.
I call it freedom of speech. You don't have to like it, but you do have to respect the freedom.
Tell your child that that's what it means to be a republican-to hate everyone that isn't a "christian".
I am a Republican. I am not a Christian. Your answer isn't a valid one.
Answer by Anonymous at 11:59 PM on Apr. 6, 2010