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Wrong Thinking Will Be Punished

— Posted by John (May 24, 2010 at 10:38 am)

An elementary school employee in Norfolk, VA who gave students models of a 12-week fetus accompanied by a card that says, “Some people think that my life began at birth; but my life’s journey began long before I was born…” was placed on administrative leave last week:

A news article about the matter quotes lots of people reacting with breathless outrage. Here are some examples:

“It is hard to imagine that we would have an employee who believes it would be appropriate to share plastic fetus dolls with students in one of our schools,” School Board Chairman Stephen Tonelson said Thursday. …

Board member Kirk Houston Sr. said he examined one of the dolls. “Very life like, and it’s a pro-life tool,” he said. “To be quite honest, that is so incredible to me, that a staff member would do something so … entirely inappropriate and unacceptable.” He said board members “were all pretty dumbfounded.” …

An Oakwood parent said her fourth-grade daughter recounted getting one of the dolls from a school employee who handed them out to students during lunch time.

“She comes home with a fetus and says, ‘Mommy, look what I got!’ and I said, “Where did you get that and why?’ It’s disturbing to see,” said the parent. She asked not to be named so that her daughter wouldn’t be vulnerable to retribution at school.

The card accompanying the doll described the first 12 weeks of fetal development, she said.

“As a parent, I choose to teach my children about those things later in life,” she added. “I did not sign a waiver for my daughter to be given a fetus.”

Um, the students weren’t given fetuses. They were given plastic models of fetuses — in other words, representations of what they themselves used to be at an earlier stage of life.

And this is a problem…why, exactly?

[HT: Christina at RealChoice]

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5 Comments on “Wrong Thinking Will Be Punished”

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  1. Robin says:

    It is a problem because it is pushing propaganda onto fourth graders who would not even understand what it is all about.

    It is obviously an attempt to promote the pro-life position before the children even have any knowledge on the subject.

    And then you squawk when sixteen year olds are told about the realities of topics such as homosexuality and how to use condoms!

    When it comes to ‘breathless outrage’ it is people such as yourself who are the most outstanding exponents.

    Sounds like hypocrisy to me.

    Comment posted May 24th, 2010 at 4:59 pm
  2. RSD says:

    What you term as pro-life “propaganda” is a scientific FACT and can be easily found in any science textbook.

    People developed from and embryonic/ fetal stage and they have no other CHOICE but to grow with proper nutrition and time.

    Hypocrisy is when PP and liberal educators teach young kids and teens about pre-marital sex, contraception and let them view pornographic material then state that they are bringing down teen pregnancies thru “education”.

    Comment posted May 25th, 2010 at 10:45 am
  3. Robin says:

    I wasn’t disputing the ‘facts’ (although that could be another debate).
    My point was that this was so obviously an effort to promote the pro-life position to children who are too young to understand anything at all about gestation.
    And ‘breathless outrage’ is practiced predominantly by groups such as pro-life organizations.
    Your disagreement with the concept of teaching teenagers about the realities of sex does not make it an act of hypocrisy.
    Expressing ‘breathless outrage’ at teaching teens the realities of sex, whilst asking ‘what’s the problem’ about giving fetal dolls and cards expressing an opinion regarding when life begins – now that’s hypocrisy!

    Comment posted May 25th, 2010 at 5:05 pm
  4. matt says:

    Teaching kids about fetal development shoudn’t be such a big deal, I mean learning what a baby looks like at 12 weeks shouldn’t be blown out of proportion. Look at medical books and you can see that what they are learning is correct

    Comment posted May 26th, 2010 at 1:14 pm
  5. Robin says:

    Quite right Matt. The problem is the reason and the theme behind what was done and why.

    Comment posted May 26th, 2010 at 4:29 pm