Tag: Children

God’s Children

 

“God’s children are not for sale” is the tagline for the movie Sound of Freedom. Robin and I went to the theatre to see the movie this past week. And here is my simple movie review: everyone within the sound of my voice or reading my words should see this movie.

There are some beliefs that should unite everyone, everywhere, and this movie gives us an example: all children should be protected. The movie is based on the true story of Tim Ballard; you can find a link to his life and work at the end of this Truth in Two. Mr. Ballard is a former special agent for the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Ballard now dedicates himself to finding children who have been sexually enslaved through the organization, Operation Underground Railroad.

Movies move us and the story in Sound of Freedom is compelling. Jim Caviezel, who played Jesus in Mel Gibson’s The Passion of The Christ, plays special agent Ballard. His work in Homeland Security is to track down and stop pedophiles who are trafficking children in the sex trade.

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Has the battle, and the war, been lost already? Can anyone honestly say the depravity and, dare I say, sheer wickedness and evil be stopped? Disfiguring the bodies of CHILDREN to satisfy some perverted minor segment of the population? Of course, the greater crime is the warping, twisting, and mangling of those children’s MINDS! I […]

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Resolved: A Child has a Right to a Mother and a Father

 

Resolved: A Child has a Right to a Mother and a Father

By this I mean a right to the affections provided by nature to the offspring of a sexual union from the actors in that sexual union.  I am on one side of this, so I will lay out a few pieces of what I feel supports my position; decidedly pro the proposition.  By “mother and father” I explicitly mean the biological parents.

Join Jim and Greg as they cheer the World Athletics Council for declaring that only biological women will be eligible for the Olympics and other elite track and field events. They also recoil at a new poll showing a sharp decline in Americans greatly valuing things like patriotism, religion, having children, and community involvement. Finally, they further expose the grifting frauds who claim to think President Trump is an existential threat to democracy itself but are doing everything they can to bury Ron DeSantis and make Trump the GOP nominee.

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Montgomery County, Maryland:  Can anything good proceed from this accursed progressive principality or is it damned forever?  The most populous county in the state, it leans far left, has for decades and routinely makes the news for some kind of outlandishness, if not outright malevolence.  I remember once writing an article about something that occurred there […]

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‘Same-Sex Couple’ Does Not Equal ‘Two-Sex Couple’

 

Same-sex “marriage” is in discussion again, as the US Senate seems intent on forcing the issue further down the throats of resistant Americans. There are multiple arguments for why same-sex couples do not qualify for “marriage.” My primary argument is that same-sex couples cannot produce children.

Marriage is socially and legally recognized for couples of two sexes because such a couple may, even is likely to, create new life, i.e., produce children. Those children blend the two families from which the couple came into a new branch on the tree of humanity and perpetuate that blend far into the future. Throughout history and across cultures, it has been and is the expectation of children that drives marriage. “Romance” or “erotic love” are very late additions to the long and broad history of marriage, and not particularly central to why marriage exists.

Won’t Somebody Think About the Children?

 

During a crisis in The Simpsons, Helen Lovejoy, the nosy wife of the minister, raises her eyes to heaven and asks “Won’t somebody think about the children?”

I need to ask the same question, but with a little more sincerity. Recently I was leaving a restaurant and I passed by a table with a little girl and her father. I smiled at the girl (aged about 6 or 7), because that’s what I do. She did not smile back, and I heard her say “Daddy, why did that lady smile at me?” I did not hear his response, but I was stunned by the question.

Quote of the Day: Freedom

 

“Freedom is a fragile thing and it’s never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by way of inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. And those in world history who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.” – Ronald Reagan Jan 5, 1967

Reagan was right about one thing: Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We are in a battle for the soul of our country; especially the principle that it was founded on individual liberty and freedom. That battle has to be won (or lost) at the grassroots. When a critical mass supports freedom, it grows like wildfire. When it does not, freedom dies.

A Joyful Echo

 

Darling Daughter and her five older brothers did much of their growing up on a small farm in rural Missouri. Now she lives, when home, in a small town on the edge of New England, and in an even smaller town when away at school. She will graduate from college in a few months with a degree in Economics, and her dream is to move to a big city, earn a good income, and travel the world. Toward that end she’s been engaged in the job hunt, looking for something in finance that will land her in New York, Chicago — somewhere big and metropolitan and unlike the places she’s lived to date.

She called me on Monday, breathless and excited. She’d interviewed twice with a company in Chicago that was looking to hire a risk analyst, and had been hoping to hear from them. She called to tell me that she’d just received a (digital) package from the company.

Why I Write About Children

 

After my last post about a Jewish man who had established an orphanage in Nazi Germany, I realized that in the last couple of years I have frequently written about children, especially those who are struggling. For a person with no children, that seemed (to me) to be an odd choice: what did I know about children? In many respects, very little. So, I decided to reflect on my reasons for writing about children, particularly in the area of education, and see if I had something new to learn about life and the world around me.

I grew up in a family of three children. Oddly, none of us have had children, by choice. At the time we made our choice, my husband said he would support my choice either way; he already had one daughter by his first marriage. I decided for my own selfish reasons not to have kids: I believed that I couldn’t “do it all” (and still believe that) and I lived at a time when women were celebrated for working; I couldn’t imagine “only” raising children (an incredibly narrow and naïve view); and I was terrified that I would be like my own mother (who struggled at motherhood)—I realized years later that she could have done much, much worse.

There was nothing original about my excuses—and they were excuses, even irrational ones. But for many years I didn’t regret that choice. When friends asked me about our decision (and they always asked without obvious judgment), wondering if I felt I was missing anything, I said that I was. But I also pointed out that parents were missing something by having kids. Part of that is the intimacy that comes with a husband and wife only needing to focus on each other. Selfish, yes, but that’s how I saw my life back then.

Child Sacrifice in the US

 

Child sacrifice, attributed to ancient world pagan culture, kills beautiful, young, healthy children to appease deities in times of famine or drought. In times of trouble, the beautiful daughter of a king might be sacrificed as they sought the blessing of the supernatural. During the Covid pandemic, we also sacrifice the healthy young to appease those paralyzed by fear. In both cultures, the healthy young are subject to mandates or rituals that don’t placate the disaster yet harm our children’s well-being.

At the outset of the pandemic, governors instituted a lockdown which forced healthy people to quarantine at home in contrast to previously when the sick were told to stay home. Playgrounds were cordoned off with yellow caution tape and basketball nets were tied up to prevent children from using them. Neighbors ratted out kids for playing soccer at the local schoolyard. Although we knew that the young were rarely afflicted and rarely vectors of infection, children were told they would kill grandma unless they stayed home. Whereas we previously worried about excessive screen time hampering social interactions, emotional well-being, and physical health, we instituted policies that encouraged isolation and increased screen time.

Bari Weiss Interview: Courage in the Face of Book Burners

 

I’m once again recommending a podcast from Bari Weiss. This one is an interview with Abigail Shrier, author of Irreversible Damage: Teenage Girls and the Transgender Craze, her piece of investigative journalism (remember when that used to happen?) on the topic of the exploding “trans” movement afflicting young girls.

I have purchased the book but not yet read it. I’ll undoubtedly write about it after I do.

The Best and the Worst

 

When I got married, I knew I wanted to have children. It was just what you did, right? I came from a family of eight kids. My parents and grandparents all had children. The only people that I was aware of without children were a couple of my aunts who had never married.

We’d been married just over two years when our first child was born. We made a plan; we made a baby; we had the baby! It was amazing! He was adorable, sweet, calm, so awesome. We decided to have another baby. We made a plan; we made a baby; she was born! She cried relentlessly for the first three months of her life. She had terrible colic, and occasionally, I’d just have to hand her over to daddy and walk outside for a moment or two of calmness. It was soooo different from the first baby! In fact, her personality was nearly the opposite of our son.

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My child  adult recently reached their majority.  As a fully fledged eighteen year old, we went to the DMV to file for an appropriate state-issued Real ID compliant ID. I was asked if this would also complete voting registration.  I said yes, it was the Motor-Voter law, and it would all be taken care of […]

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Quote of the Day: Bequeathing a Spirit of Reverence

 

Those of you who can legitimize the quote mentioned in the title (which is supposed to come from Plato’s Meno), please have at it.  I can’t authenticate it.  However, the spirit of “bequeathment” is entirely appropriate for what I’m about to say, so I’m going with it.

“Pity. Pity he never had any children.”

And at that, Chips opened his eyes as wide as he could and sought to attract their attention. It was hard for him to speak out loud, but he managed to murmur something, and they all looked round and came nearer to him.

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I make a living in the afternoons doing ABA therapy with small clients who have autism. Before I started working there, I hadn’t had much contact with kids on the spectrum.  Although I’ve been interested in the field since I wrote a paper on autism back in 12th grade, I had little idea of how […]

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Homeschooling and ‘Socialization’

 

My kids starting homeschooling 30 years ago, when homeschooling really wasn’t much of a thing. A question commonly asked back then, and probably still today, was “how will they be socialized?”

In fact, they all came out pretty well, at least in that regard. (Decades of having me as a dad has left some of them with an … unconventional … sense of humor, but that’s another story.)