Christmas has always been the most wonderful time of year for children. The beauty of the season with its colorful trees, sparkling lights, favorite foods, classic music, and familiar characters like Santa Claus delight children of all ages. The simplicity of the Christ child born in a manger surrounded by friendly animals to keep Him warm appeals to children who are instinctively drawn to these docile and peaceful creatures. For centuries, adults of all Christian nations have gone to great lengths so that children can experience mystery of Christmas. They have created beautiful traditions passed down from generation to generation that celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Christmas is a time of innocence, wonder and joy.
Up until very recently it wasn’t just at Christmas time that a child’s innocence was protected. Adults used to shield children from those things that were deemed to be offensive, objectionable or unwholesome. Unfortunately, the age of innocence is now trying to be destroyed by radicals intent on sexualizing children. Our culture has taken a dramatic turn for the worse, and it seems now that nothing is off limits or taboo – even for children.
Last summer the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus posted a video on social media entitled, “We Are Coming for Your Children” billed as a message from the gay community. Some of the lyrics of the song included these overt threats: “We’ll convert your children; it happens bit by bit. Quietly and subtly and you will barely notice it.” Then the chorus echoes into the following frightening self-admission from seemingly fifty or more crooning, smiling creepy gay men, “We’re coming for your children. We’re coming for them.”
LGBTQ advocates and others are coming for our children poised to steal their innocence, but in recent weeks the attacks have been hardly what one would call subtle or quiet as several news stories of egregious sexual exploitation of children have recently surfaced.
A set of fashion advertisements from Balenciaga featured small children holding teddy bears in BDSM gear with fishnet attire, handcuffs and padlocked chokers. The bears also are shown with bruised purple eyes. Next to a handbag on the set was an excerpt from a 2008 U.S. Supreme Court case that upheld federal statues for pornography that includes minors. A former model and Miss USA , Carrie Prejean Boller, claims that the placement of these documents and items could not have been an accident. Why very young children were included in this ad campaign is beyond disturbing.
The American Girl doll company recently published a book entitled A Smart Girl’s Guide: Body Image. This book is targeted for ages 3-12 and tells girls to ask their doctors for puberty blockers and to contact LGBTQ friendly organizations listed at the back of the book without their parent’s knowledge, “if you don’t have an adult you trust.” American Girl used to be a place that young girls were protected from the overly sexualized likes of Barbie or Bratz dolls, and could read age appropriate inspiring stories about American history featuring plucky little girls who learned about the value of honesty, determination and sacrifice. The American Girl of old is now gone as they are now advocating for transgenderism and who knows what else.
A dean from a prestigious Chicago school, Francis W. Parker, was caught on an undercover camera by Project Veritas admitting to passing out sex toys to students in school and explaining how they work. In the video he claims, “That’s a really cool part of my job.” Instead of firing this depraved employee, the administration came to his defense claiming he was the victim of editing and “malicious intent” at the hands of Project Veritas which simply posted what the dean actually said. Why this individual was not immediately fired and reported to the police is beyond belief.
GMC has already reported on proliferation of pornographic books found in school and public libraries. These books and the examples listed above are all illustrations of the concerted effort to groom and desensitize children to sexually explicit material. Those children who have been exposed are at a much greater risk of being sexually exploited. This used to be one of the bright red flags that educators and other mandated reporters were told to be on the lookout for. We were trained to call child protective services if a child in our care was given explicit material by an adult. What changed and why has this suddenly become acceptable?
We all must fight the sexualization of children. We cannot sit by idly as our children and grandchildren have their childhoods robbed from them. Many are already joining us in this fight. A library board in Gillette, Wyoming has broken ties with the American Library Association (ALA) over explicit titles found in their library. Libraries must realize that they are not beholden to a once revered organization that has been corrupted by members promoting radical ideologies. Local libraries through their tacit approval of explicit materials recommended by the ALA, are becoming accomplices to forces that not only target children, but put them at risk of sexual abuse.
May God give us the courage and persistence to fight these battles in our own communities. It is only when enough decent and God-fearing people begin to stand up and push back that these demonic forces will be defeated. We need to protect the ‘little ones’ Jesus refers to when He says,
“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” Matthew 18:6