Wednesday, December 05, 2007


Just what kids under ten should be reading so that they can lose their innocence as early as possible.

The New York Archdiocese thinks this is a good way to protect kids. David Clohassy thinks it doesn't go far enough. He says:

"There continues to be a bit of an overemphasis on stranger danger," Clohessy said. "I think it would be most effective if it would say, 'Not only strangers molest kids. Even adults you like and your parents respect — teachers, doctors, priests — can hurt kids.'"

But Zwilling said the vast majority of priests are "good and holy men," and he said it would have been inappropriate for the coloring book to single out priests as potential abusers. "You don't want to frighten children," he said. "You also don't want to stigmatize any group."

Why not throw parents into the mix as well? That way we can make sure there is absolutely no one a kid can trust! Except his peers, I suppose.

It's a short step from here to the kind of spying on parents that kids took part in under the communist governments. Diabolical.

What a world!! It sickens me to realize that the Roman Catholic Church is leading the charge.

Read the entire article here.


The comic book is online. You can read it here if there isn't too much traffic. It took me quite a while to access it.

In fairness to the Archdiocese of New York, it's not too terrible and does convey some good messages along with the warnings. It relies heavily upon trusting parents, so if the kid's parent happens to be the abuser, the message may backfire.

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