“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, ‘Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ Then He called a child to Him and had him stand among them. ‘I assure you,’ He said, ‘unless you are converted and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child—this one is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one child like this in My name welcomes Me. But whoever causes the downfall of one of these little ones who believe in Me—it would be better for him if a heavy millstone were hung around his neck and he were drowned in the depths of the sea! Woe to the world because of offenses.” Matthew 18:1-7
“In fact most of the social pathology exhibited by the underclass has its origin in ideas that have filtered down from the intelligentsia. Of nothing is this more true than the system of sexual relations that now prevails in the underclass, with the result that 70 percent of the births in my hospital are now illegitimate (a figure that would approach 100 percent if it were not for the presence in the area of a large number of immigrants from the Indian subcontinent).” Theodore Dalrymple, Life At The Bottom: The Worldview That Makes The Underclass, p. x
“The intellectuals were about as sincere as Marie Antoinette when she played the shepherdess. While their own sexual mores no doubt became more relaxed and liberal, they nonetheless continued to recognize inescapable obligations with regard to children, for example. Whatever they said, they didn’t want a complete breakdown of family relations any more than Marie Antoinette really wanted to earn her living by looking after sheep.
“But their ideas were adopted both literally and wholesale in the lowest and most vulnerable social class. If anyone wants to see what sexual relations are like, freed of contractual and social obligations, let him look at the chaos of the personal lives of members of the underclass.” Ibid., p. xi
“Other institutions have been similarly undermined by the acceptance of ideas that have encouraged and maintained an underclass. When street prostitutes moved in considerable numbers to the street corners of the neighborhood in which I live, the senior local policeman said in response to residents’ requests that he do something about it that he would do nothing, since the women came from disadvantaged homes and were probably all addicted to drugs. He was not prepared, he said, to victimize them further. It was therefore our duty as citizens to pick the used condoms from our rose bushes. Such is life under the regime of zero intolerance.” Ibid., p. xiv
“If humankind cannot bear very much reality, it seems that it can bear any amount of unreality.” T. S. Eliot in Dalrymple, Ibid., p. 244
CultureWatch – Bill Muehlenberg’s commentary on issues of the day…
OK, now here’s a bit of good news – at least if you are a paedophile, or a low-life pervert, or someone who does not give a rip about the wellbeing of children. It is yet more proof that organisations like the UN need to be put out of their misery – and real soon.
According to the intelligentsia at the UN, it seems that children are not liberated enough, and they need the help of this transnational powerhouse to find their full potential: as little sexual dynamos. Yep, the evidently bored bureaucrats at the UN seem to think that sexual liberation must start with our children.
Here is how one report covers this very disturbing news: “The UN Commission on Population and Development is considering ‘sexual and reproductive health and rights’ for children as young as ten. Even the Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon agrees. In a statement recently released he said, ‘Young people, as much as all people, share the human right to health, including sexual and reproductive health.’
“Currently international law does not recognize a ‘right’ to sexual and reproductive health and certainly does not recognize this right in the case of minors. But just last year, the UN Special Rapporteur for Health, Anand Grover, stirred up significant controversy when he not only claimed that a ‘right’ of sexual and reproductive health existed but attempted to define that right as including access to abortion, contraception, and sexual education.
“The association of this right with youth by the Secretary General and the Commission on Population and Development (CPD), especially children, is more controversial since the right could be defined as including access to abortion and contraception.
“Organizations like International Planned Parenthood (IPPF) and IPAS, staunch advocates for the sexual and reproductive rights of minors internationally and at the United Nations, have already issued official reports to the conference bureau supportive of rights language including contraception and abortion. They are also using the conference as an opportunity to attack parental involvement in the sexual health of their children.
“For organizations like IPPF, parents are the biggest obstacle to minors accessing services like abortion and contraception, and they hope to secure language at the conference that will marginalize their role.
“In its official statement, IPPF asserts, ’laws that restrict young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health services, including parental or spousal consent laws’ must either be removed or be refrained from being implemented. IPAS goes even further and argues that youth should be considered independent actors free of any obstacles that ignore their own ‘capacity to make informed decisions.’ Their main goal at this conference will be to marginalize parental involvement and encourage countries supportive of their position to increase pressure for the kind of language that the Secretary General has already been proposing.”
OK so there you have it folks: more moonbattery madness from our morally challenged big cheeses at the UN. And the really scary part of all this is that these guys seem to actually believe all this. They somehow think they actually have the interests of children in mind.
Of course I might have missed something here, but when my kids were ten they were still into Lego and cartoons and assorted games. None as far as I am aware were feeling deprived that they did not have access to condoms, abortion services on demand, and the full gamut of sexual paraphernalia.
In fact they would hardly even have known what most of that stuff was all about, let alone feel they were somehow being stripped of their rights, and denied their full humanity because they did not have full access to all that stuff. But the know-it-alls at the UN obviously know better than us mere parents.
Indeed, how many of these ideologues and social engineers would have any children of their own? I suspect that most would not. They wouldn’t know the difference between Where’s Wally and Wallace and Gromit. They obviously don’t know the difference between children and adults.
For many of them, children are just malleable hunks of clay to be moulded into objects for their social and sexual revolution. They are mere fodder in the global culture wars. They are dispensable cogs in their radical machinery.
The war against our children of course has been going on for quite some time now. And the radicals have also known for quite some time now that if they can get access to our children they can control the direction of society. Two millennia ago the Roman scholar Pliny the Elder said, “What we do to our children, they will do to society.”
So all this lunacy is not happening by accident. Those revolutionaries who wish to remake mankind and society in their own image know that children have to be their primary targets. Capture the children and you capture the culture. All the radicals have understood this.
Vladimir Lenin for example put it this way: “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.” Or again: “Give us the child for eight years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.” And non-radicals have also understood this.
Abraham Lincoln said this: “The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation is the philosophy of government in the next.” The younger a person can be reached – for good or ill – the more likely he will remain in that particular mindset.
So our UN social engineers are pulling rights out of the hat, such as the right to be sexually active at ten; to be laden with the whole gamut of contraceptives at ten; to have the right to have an abortion at ten; to have the right to destroy their lives before they even leave adolescence.
If you are of a religious persuasion, you may recall the words of Jesus which are obviously most relevant here: “If anyone causes one of these little ones to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea” (Matthew 18:6).
Not a bad idea when one thinks about these yokels at the UN.