EndNotes

SATURDAY, FEB. 11, 2012

The right rights

An Israeli child plays on a swing at sunset in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009.  (Tara Todras-whitehill / Associated Press)
An Israeli child plays on a swing at sunset in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009. (Tara Todras-whitehill / Associated Press)

Two sweet, innocent children will be buried today. Their father murdered them.  

The story has been in all media sources over the last week. The blame, the questions, the speculation are the subject of every lead story in the local news.  

I have questions far beyond the tragedy. Questions I ask every time I read a story like this one, every time I listen to a woman speak in fear about her husband or boyfriend and what she learns about their evil actions toward children: when, when, when, will this country seek to protect the rights of children first – before the rights of grown-ups? We extend our freedoms to those who violate our laws; our laws extend respect and exception to those who lack respect or even simple decency.  

These children needed advocates; they needed the law to protect them from that DSHS goal that has killed other children: reunification of the family. Where there is pornography, where there is a missing mom with evidence that points to dad as the person responsible – there is no family.

(S-R archives photo)




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