Monday, January 31, 2005

Wielding a thesaurus without a license


I wish to comment on the photograph of the child holding the Stop Abortion Now placard (Free Press, Jan. 23). This child is reportedly only 3 years old.

I find it to be exploitative to use somebody who can't possibly comprehend the significance of this issue to tout one's own agenda. I firmly believe in freedom of speech but this need to perpetuate another's moral obligations by blatantly spawning young activists is gratuitous.

We should continue to foster children's awareness of world issues but remember that the degradation of their images should be left out.

You know, where I come from, that is called 'having kids'...and it is intimately related to that whole 'abortion thing'. If you "kill 'em before you birth 'em", you are not exploiting them, but take them to a rally where they are graphic examples of a 'choice', now that is exploitation. Got it. Thanks.


Anonymous said...

That whole sentence could stand a good rewriting.

How do you blatantly spawn, anyway? Maybe that's a question best left unanswered.

max said...

The whole letter looks like it was written by someone who thinks the way to sound smarter is to increase the average number of syllables per word.

max said...

A few definitions:
exploitative-An act or deed, especially a brilliant or heroic one, feat
perpetuate- To prolong the existence of; cause to be remembered
moral obligation-obligation arising out of considerations of right and wrong
blatantly-Unpleasantly loud and noisy
gratuitous- Given or received without cost or obligation; free
degredation- A decline to a lower condition, quality, or level

Anonymous said...

Preachin' to the choir. :)