…and ought to be kept out of political activism until they’re adults.
I’m still maintaining my boycott on the actual Terri Schiavo case, but I want to express my disgust for those people bringing in their children to help them protest the case. I am especially appalled at those who let their children get arrested to help them “make their point.” Note here a 10-year-old in handcuffs.
This has disgusted me for years. I recall back in the early 90’s when Operation Rescue put on one of their summers of protest, where they brought along the kids. (“Hey, it’s fun for the whole family!”) Those kids were sent charging the police barricades (often through busy traffic) to try to shut down abortion clinics. And over on Little Green Footballs, Charles has a standing headline called “Palestinian Child Abuse” where he shows Palestinian children carrying guns, dressed up as suicide bombers, and the like.
Children have absolutely NO place as political pawns, regardless of the position. There is no political stance whose moral standing is boosted by the exploitation (and, often, the endangerment) of children. I’d like to see every single parent who exploits their children this way investigated by authorities, and perhaps even have their children taken away.