How would you react if your teenage daughter was sexually assaulted in a women’s high school restroom by a student who gained access by “identifying” as a female?
Loudoun County, V., father Scott Smith was faced with this very predicament this past year and attempted to confront school officials about it – only to be forcibly removed from a board meeting.
Reports now suggest that Loudoun County school officials not only silenced Mr. Smith – but also attempted to cover-up the alleged crime by transferring the suspect to another school – where he reportedly assaulted yet another young woman.
How can this happen?
Tragically, a disturbing trend has emerged in America and around the world – there’s an assault on children at every age and stage of development. As a father, it makes my blood boil with righteous anger and indignation.
Despite an increasingly divisive and ideologically fractured culture, one would think we could find consensus on the need to protect and defend innocent children.
After all, surely liberals love children just as much as conservatives do, yes?
Sadly, it does not appear to be the case.
The crime and cover-up in Loudoun County is only the latest manifestation of this war on children. It’s been raging and gathering momentum for decades.
The reality is that the most dangerous place for a child these days is inside the womb of an abortion-minded woman.
But even if that child makes it – and close to one million in the United States don’t each year – today’s children are often treated as expendable political pawns in a play for power.
In fact, I used to be one of those kids. After losing my mother at age nine and being abandoned by my stepfather, I was thrust into California’s foster care system. These types of government-sponsored programs are typically run by well-meaning adults, but their hands are often tied by political red tape.
At the end of the day, it’s the children who get hurt.
Back in 2006, Catholic Charities in Boston stopped working in the adoption space after being forced to place children with same-sex couples. At the time, the group released a statement noting, “In spite of much effort and analysis, Catholic Charities finds that it cannot reconcile the teaching of the church, which guides our work and the statutes and regulations of the commonwealth.”
Never mind that the group placed hundreds of children in forever homes. To the state, the good folks in Boston were pariahs – and waiting children in New England paid the price.
In June of this past year, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Catholic Social Services in Philadelphia, which was facing a similar threat that shut down the Boston charity. Thankfully, the decision was unanimous in CCS’s favor.
Whether it’s pre-born children in the womb or kids caught up in the labyrinth of a dysfunctional foster care system, why do so many of the elites consistently pursue or enact policies that prove detrimental to the most innocent and helpless among us?
It seems to me at the root of this harmful pattern is a faulty belief that government knows better – and that they’re more capable of solving difficult and complicated problems and challenges than we are.
In reality, with very few exceptions, government makes everything worse.
As a Christian, I accept Jesus’ biblical mandate to “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Mark 12:17). At the same time, the Bible regularly warns about bad government:
“When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan” (Proverbs 29:2).
“Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a poor people” (Proverbs 28:15).
I’ve long appreciated the apostle Paul’s warning and advice to “Avoid foolish controversies” – noting they can be “unprofitable and worthless” (Titus 3:9-11).
But when it comes to the protection and defense of innocent children, I will not stay silent. We stand arm in arm with Scott Smith and every other father who would risk his life to protect his son or daughter. What is happening is unconscionable – and we must call it out.
Planned Parenthood received over $600 million in taxpayer funds last year. How can we just accept that immoral travesty? With over 62 million children lost to abortion since 1973, we have an obligation to speak up and out in defense of those who have no voice or vote.
This war on children is one of many decades and liberals are currently championing policies that hurt the most vulnerable. The war won’t be won overnight. We won’t win every battle – but at Focus on the Family, we will never grow tired defending and protecting innocent children. Please join me in praying for courage for moms and dads on the front lines – and for protection for children now caught in the crosshairs.
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