Innocence Lost

I had no intention of writing anymore about the election. I'd said my piece.

Until last night.

Last night, my sweet eight year-old boy asked me a question that made me want to cry. For loss of innocence of children. For the ignorance and intolerance of adults. For my baby.

"Mommy, did Barack Obama say it's ok to kill babies?"

Now a few things before any of you go crazy conservative on me. I do plan to leave the comments open, and don't moderate this blog, but I reserve the right to delete that are vitriolic or attacking. This is not a forum for anger. I did vote for John McCain, but not because I agree with him across the board. I do believe that abortion is wrong, with few, if any, exceptions. My own belief is that yes, I'd love for abortion to be illegal if it would guarantee that nobody would ever have one. But we all know that's not how it would go down. If my views cause you to quit reading my blog, I'm sorry.

However, my view is not the point of this post.

I picked my jaw up off the ground and asked who told him that. He said that the kids at school told him that's what their parents said.

That's what their parents said.

Parents told their ELEMENTARY AGED CHILDREN that the President-Elect of the United States said it's OK to kill babies. And because they told their children this, I had to explain to my eight year-old child about abortion, and why people would want it to be legal, rather than illegal.

MY eight year-old.

And while I certainly support your right to raise your children in the manner you see fit, please do not use the religious veil of "pro-life" to excuse passing along hateful comments about public figures (or anyone for that matter) to your children. Because they will tell others. They will tell my child.

My eight year-old.

Who is a little less innocent today than yesterday.


DaiseyB said...

I too voted for the other guy but I believe that now that all is said and done and a decision has been made, that we should now support this president who has been chosen. The time for mud slinging is over and we should now be offering daily prayers that he will be able to effectively change this nation around. My blog at panhandlesuesquiltingspot.blogspot.com tells my feelings exactlly about the voting process of our great nation.
By the way I came to your blog thru the abbileyeverafter christmas ornament swap. You were the first I have visited and I am very impressed.

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

It is sad that children so young need to know that such an awful thing as abortion exists...but so goes the world we live in today.

We discussed it with our 7 year old in order to help him understand exactly why we believe one candidate was a wiser choice, because at school they are hearing something completely different...that doesn't make me feel ignorant as a parent, it makes me feel competent.

Grafted Branch@Restoring the Years said...

:( Sorry that happened. This life sure is messy.