Keeping children safe from adult children

Letter to the Editor


Editor, Index-Tribune:

The Jan. 7 editorial, entitled “Legal child abuse,” is spot on, and therefore you deserve sincere kudos for everything said – which simply echoes what common logic and good judgment is all about. I mean, who takes their children to these kinds of movies and allows them to just sit there and cry to a keening wail without doing something about it?

And as I look around, study after study, including the one conducted by the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York – Presbyterian, and Columbia University Medical Center, presented at the Oct. 28, 2006 meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in San Diego, agrees with your research and observations. That study states, “Toddlers and young children who watch violent movies, including Halloween horror films, television shows or video games, may be more likely to develop anxiety, sleep disorders, and aggressive and self-endangering behaviors.”

From a spiritual perspective, we know the seriousness of this practice because trauma can be a door opener for satan to attempt to gain a foothold and thereby give cause for anxiety to further manifest itself. After all, our enemy is definitely out there and “prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour,” (1st Peter 5:8). And the timetable for when difficulty can surface varies with the child and the level of abuse.

Therefore, as part of a believing community, our prayers are for the defenseless children who remain subject to the whim of their parents and/or other adults around them. In this, we entreat our Lord for His protection – so that the children may remain safe from those who have yet to grow up themselves.

Pastor Jim Hill

Glen Ellen

  • Phineas Worthington

    It is difficult for anyone who does not want their child exposed to hyper-violence as it seems to be everywhere around us, even when we turn on the news. News is not for children either. Can’t even take your kid to a ball game anymore due to the low class behavior of people.

  • Shawn Taylor

    First of all, show some respect and capitalize “Satan”.

    Secondly, if “trauma can be a door opener for satan to attempt to gain a foothold”, wouldn’t that mean that religion is the main enabler of Satan and his evil ways?

  • The Village Idiot

    RE: “the Lord,” if he/she/it was paying attention for the last several million years, or gave a damn, there wouldn’t be a problem. If history and the daily news is any indication, this Satan fellow is running up the score pretty good. In fact, for decades if not centuries the Catholic clergy — “His representatives on earth” — have been far more effective than Hollywood could ever be in giving millions of molested kids nightmares and mental problems that will last a lifetime. Apparently, it’s hard to tell the lord from this satan fellow without a program.