Thursday, September 18, 2008

Obama on program to educate children about predators.

It's interesting. Right before my trip to Jacksonville, when I organized the press conference that became the lead story on WTLV-12 on February 10, 2008, I wrote that one idea to combat sex predators might be to teach young kids the difference between inappropriate and appropriate touching. Have a brief talk about this, in school, at the kindergarten/elementary level.

Make such a program REQUIRED in all schools, public and private.

One idea that I championed, that has never been implemented, would be to have a poster in kindergarten, or elementary schools, along the lines of the sex harassment posters required in some workplaces.

It would basically say that no one is above the law, and if anyone ever touches you like that, to contact a teacher, principal, or number on the poster.

That hasn't happened yet, but kids are doing some amazing things these days. Like calling 9-1-1 to report burglaries in progress! It's just a matter of time.

While Christian parents argue over specifics like, "Is it scriptural to call the law on 'God's Anointed'?", it obviously remains up to the children to defend themselves.

Strange that Christian conservatives aren't questioning John McCain's distortion of a policy that Obama never sponsored in the first place, yet he did vote for. Namely, a program that told kids the difference between appropriate versus inappropriate touching.

Here is an article from The New York Times that quotes Obama's exact words regarding why he voted for this program:

“I have a 6-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old daughter, and one of the things my wife and I talked to our daughter about is the possibility of somebody touching them inappropriately, and what that might mean,” Mr. Obama said in 2004. “And that was included specifically in the law, so that kindergarteners are able to exercise some possible protection against abuse, because I have family members as well as friends who suffered abuse at that age.”

Sounds reasonable to me!

The article also spells out the other McCain distortions, such as the idea of a 'comprehensive' sex program for, of all people, children under five! Get out of town!

From the article:

It is a misstatement of the bill’s purpose, therefore, to maintain, as the McCain campaign advertisement does, that Mr. Obama favored conventional sex education as a policy for 5-year-olds. Under the Illinois proposal, “medically accurate” education about more complicated topics, including intercourse, contraception and homosexuality, would have been reserved for older students in higher grades.

The advertisement, then, also misrepresents what the bill meant by “comprehensive.” The instruction the bill required was comprehensive in that it called for a curriculum that went from kindergarten and through high school, not in the sense that kindergarteners would have been fully exposed to the entire gamut of sex-related issues.

I respect those who demand that various denominations create a database for sex offenders, but I personally feel that most denominations are incapable of policing their own.

The idea of reaching potential victims, before they become victims, makes far more sense to me.

Honestly, can you imagine some brave teacher at Trinity Christian Academy, circa 1970's era, teaching their class the difference between inappropriate and appropriate touching?

I can just see a child's hand going up and asking about strange behavior he, or she, encountered in an administrative office.

Why would Christian conservatives be against this?

Click here to read full article.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Irony in Jacksonville.


Gays, not child molesting preachers or bad economy, spurs churches into action!

Jeff Brumley's article misses the irony that a church, about to go on trial for covering up the crimes of a serial child molester, is spurred into political action to fight the gays.

That was the issue when I first attended Trinity back in the seventies. Anita Bryant was the woman of the hour and Bob Gray championed her anti-gay politics. Gray has since been accused of molesting children in his office during this era.

The beautiful thing about anti-gay politics is it covers up a whole range of vital topics: from the collusion regarding pedophiles in the pulpit to economic and military issues.

Why are we losing the Iraq war? Well, maybe one reason has to do with FIRING translators who happened to be gay. Nobody could understand anybody and now we pay the price.

Economics? Why are the gay areas in major metropolitan areas MORE SUCCESSFUL than average 'heterosexual ghettos'? 'Heterosexual ghettos' is my new name for once great neighborhoods, filled with poor people and their families, that used to be 'homeowner communities' but have since transformed to 'rental communities'.

Reason: A childless couple, both working, make and save more money than a heterosexual family with three or four kids. Do the math! Who is the more burden on society? Childless gay couple? Or unemployed heterosexual families with mouths to feed?

Get this (from the article):

Failure will result in the continuing moral decline of American society and government, said the Rev. Tom Messer, Trinity's pastor, and opens congregations to lawsuits if they refuse to marry same-sex couples. Messer said he's holding similar gatherings around the state.

Messer's TRAVELING AROUND THE STATE on this issue? Let a pastor molest a bunch a kids, and Messer is silent. Let a small percentage of gays become successful? Pull out all the stakes and hold rallies!

Lawsuits if you refuse to marry gays? How about lawsuits if you refuse to do anything about a child molesting preacher?

Is the Florida Times Union a conservative rag? How is it they continue to miss these ironies?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

John McCain's distortions.

This spot is the best. The sex education distortion is dealt with, as are other issues that keep getting distorted.

You Tubes warning about pedophiles and Republican laxity.

Is it any co-incidence that Bob Gray, the man who is responsible for this blog in the first place, was an outspoken supporter of the late Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority, supporter of George Bush, and his church, Trinity Baptist in Jacksonville, is still a proponent of Republican candidates, including Mike Huckabee and John McCain?

At least the majority of Democrats keep their sexual scandals limited to adults 18 and over! Maybe there's something about those who oppose liberty for consenting adults that twists their minds toward minors? Who knows?

One of the reasons the corruption at Trinity was allowed to continue for as long as it did was because of politics. They were in bed with the Republican party even during my day. You have to wonder what ultimately led to the corruption. Did politics corrupt the church? Or did the churches, steeped in denial, help corrupt the politics? It was probably a mutual admiration society of corruption.

You can't condemn what happened at Trinity without examining the political implications. I've always contended that. One corruption inevitably leads to the other.

In any event, I've been considering making a YouTube inspired by John McCain's attack ad against Obama for, of all things, a class where children are taught the difference between inappropriate and appropriate touching.

I made one within a year of Bob Gray's arrest called 'DON'T GO IN THE CHURCH!'. Well, it turns out I don't have to do that. Others have caught on. Their YouTubes are pretty close to the YouTubes I would be making. Thanks for saving me the effort!

Here they are:

NOTE: Apologies for the profanity on the intro page for this video. However, it is well made, and you can't deny the person responsible for that page doesn't have a good reason for outrage.

Of course, it all goes both ways. Hillary, a lawyer, did help free a child rapist. Then again, she's not exactly endorsing programs to warn kids about pedophiles, nor is she running for president:

The Republicans still beat the Democrats when it comes to the number of members convicted for these type of crimes:


Politics corrupts individuals as well as churches. Until this matter gets addressed, there will always be cover ups in churches, liberal or conservative.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

John McCain AGAINST warning children about pedophiles???

This spot is airing in certain Southern states. What's interesting is the 'age appropriate' education Obama endorsed concerned telling children about INAPPROPRIATE TOUCHING by ADULTS in order to PROTECT CHILDREN from PEDOPHILES!

So. . .is McCain against this? Obviously so.

I have written about this before. Most sex education courses directed at youngsters are meant to tell them about inappropriate touching by adults. Trinity Baptist Church, my former church in Jacksonville, Florida, under the direction of Bob Gray, always took a stand against sex education. Wonder why?

Bob Gray, of course, died before facing his trial on charges of serial child molestation on the campus of Trinity Christian Academy, the school he founded. Click here for more information about that.

I wonder how many young children at Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Florida, circa 70's era, might have spoken up if a brave teacher in their class warned them about inappropriate touching by adults?

Can you imagine one of those children raising their hand and asking, "What is 'inappropriate touching'? Is that what Brother Gray was doing to me in his office yesterday?"

Sex obsessed Republicans!

No wonder they're against sex education! It calls their bluff.

It bears repeating, look at how many of them have been fingered for inappropriate relationships with minors:


Here is the McCain spot responsible for this post:

Click here for the real story about a program aimed to warn children about pedophiles.