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The ACLU Hasn't "A -
By Steve Higginbotham
December 20, 2004
It has long been my
observation that the vast majority of the moral and social issues
finds the ACLU (i.e. The American Civil Liberties Union) coming
down on the opposite side of that issue than where I, or most
Christians for that matter, would stand. Whether it is the topic
of abortion, the posting of the ten commandments, homosexuality,
pornography, evolution, or a host of other moral issues, I find
myself opposed to the stance that the ACLU has taken. In fact, the
ACLUís overwhelming "anti-Christian" world view has caused some to
dub the ACLU as "Anti-Christian Liberties Union."
Just this past month, the ACLU
was involved in what I deem to be yet another ruling against
common sense and decency. The Washington State Supreme Court ruled
that a mother had broken the law by listening in on her 14
year-old daughterís phone conversation in which admissions were
made to knocking down an elderly woman and robbing her.
Apparently, a young childís "right to privacy" takes precedence
over a parentís right to proctor and protect their child.
Friends, Iím afraid that we have
allowed "political correctness" get in the way of "biblical
parenting." As a parent, you have a God given obligation to
protect and insure the safety of your child. Therefore, you have
the right to check on your childís safety by knowing what your
child is getting into - whether it be involvement with friends,
performance at school, following family rules, who he/she is
talking to on the Internet, etc.
As a parent, if you have
suspicion of harmful behavior or attitudes with regard to your
child, you not only have the right, but the responsibility to
intervene and be a parent. Will you, as a parent, stand idly by
and not search a childís room even though you have strong
suspicion of substance abuse? Will you, as a parent, stand idly by
and not check your childís computer files, when you have strong
suspicion that your child is chatting with people who could very
well endanger your childís life? Will you, as a parent, not try to
learn what your child is feeling and thinking, when he or she
exhibits suicidal tendencies? Of course you will, and should!
Friends, when it comes to
parenting, I would remind you that your God given rights and
responsibilities carry much more weight than the rights granted by
the state of Washington. When it comes to parenting, and trying to
raise a child prepared for Heaven, Iím convinced that the ACLU
hasnít "A - CLU!"
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