- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 30, 2009



With America moving left politically and socially, it might be wise to take a moment and consider what might happen to kids if the drift continues. Already, children are under pressure from high-tech machines that can instantly provide them with images and information far beyond their ability to comprehend emotionally. Even vigilant parents are up against it. On nearly every playground in America, there are cell phones that can transmit X-rated material in the blink of an eye.

The result is grim. Children in a dozen states have been charged with child pornography for “sexting” - sending nude pictures of themselves or others through cyberspace. A study published in December claims 20 percent of American teenagers had participated in some form of sexting, including the extreme act of kids actually photographing themselves having sex.

But instead of outrage, the reaction has been largely muted, and in some cases, adults are even excusing it. This week in Ottawa, about 8,000 academics from around the world attended a convention to discuss the latest in social trends.

Peter Cumming, a literature professor at York University in Toronto, introduced a paper on “Children’s Rights.” He put forth a claim that sexting is actually no worse than the old kissing game spin the bottle. Mr. Cumming then went completely off the rails, writing:

“In Bush’s America, is there no middle ground between child pornography, sexual assault, abuse and exploitation on the one hand and children’s ‘abstinence’ on the other?

“When, in Western culture, did nudity become pornography, did children’s sexuality become perverse, and when and how and why have we forgotten children’s participatory rights as sexual beings?”

Wow! That’s right out of the North American Man-Boy Love Association handbook. The loopy teacher says he is not advocating child-adult sex, only that kids should be allowed sensual freedom with each other. Oh, is that all?

By the way, bud, it’s “Obama’s America” now.

There was a time when Mr. Cumming would have been ostracized from serious discourse, but those days are long gone. There was no widespread outcry from the academics over his thesis, and most media chose to ignore the situation. After all, a condemnation of Mr. Cumming would require making a judgment, something far-left secular progressives are loath to do.

You don’t have to support charging kids with child porn to figure this one out. Sexting will not do any child any good. Children should be taught that America has become the most powerful country in history by embracing a Judeo-Christian philosophy based upon good works, noble intentions and personal discipline. None of that is found in exposing yourself.

The far left wants to tear down traditional tenets. What better place to start than with the kids? It never was “Bush’s America.” It was always our America. If we want to keep it the way we’ve known it, we had better start confronting the barbarians soon.

Bill O’Reilly is host of the Fox News show “The O’Reilly Factor” and author of the book “Who’s Looking Out for You?”

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