From a web discussion:
Do you maintain that you may do anything you want to your children
because they are "yours"? Starve them? Amputate them? If there was a
cause? Or is it better if there is not a cause? Deny them education?
Force them to work to support the family? Where do you draw the lines?
Or need there even be lines drawn? But if there are, who or what draws
them, and how do we agree?
How my children are raised are none of your business, just like I have
no say in how you raise your own children. That includes decisions such
as vaccinations, circumcision, what they are fed, how they are clothed.
Stop there and dont start insinuations such as I can do anything to them
if I want. Your interest in another person's circumcision status goes
over the line!
What is this "line" of which you speak? This is the first I've heard
of it. If you teach your children that it's okay to steal, or to assault
others, especially if others are "wrong", or if they are of the "wrong"
race, gender, or religion, then your children have to live in a society
with my children and I have a problem with that.
they are fed? How they are clothed? You may be okay with sending your
children out of the house naked, but others might have a problem with
this. I think those people should lighten up, but do you not think they
have a right to draw some lines there? Unhealthy food? Really?
out Matthew 5:30 and Mark 9:43 in the Christian Bible and see if this
is a "valid" way of surgically altering your children and if people
whole have a right to do it (apparently it is a common form of
self-mutilation in emergency rooms, according to a nurse friend of
mine). If not, then why is circumcision okay? Is it okay to DENY
children treatments that doctors say they need? Vaccinations are a valid
question. I would suggest that vaccinations may be good medicine, and
that circumcision is bad fake-medicine, and US medical science confusing
the two has undermined their credibility as the fifth estate.
and governments, not just religions and parents, determine all the time
the details how how children shall be brought up. One could argue it's
one of their primary functions.
So, please, spare me
your little exclamation marks and affected indignation. The proper way
to raise children is a valid topic of public discussion, and your
affected injection of hysterics doesn't help anybody. This is a Web
forum, for G*d's sake -- if you have a silly and wrong viewpoint,
thousands are going to read it and others are going to question it. If
you can't defend your position as though you have an adult education,
then maybe it's not a good position after all, and you can learn
And yes, it still sounds like you ARE
maintaining that you can do whatever you like to and with your children
(circumcision is just one example of this), and I question that
viewpoint. Society and other people and the government taking SOME
responsibility in all of our children and SOME hand in their upbringing,
and in some cases, e.g., unfit or missing parents, taking ALL of it,
seems to me a valid and vital policy. Perhaps you disagree? Perhaps you
could paint us a picture of a world in which that's NOT the case?