This is where people like Glenn Beck get really scary. It’s one thing to compare President Obama’s policies to the 9/11 attacks, or to rail against liberals and progressives — it’s another thing to advocate for child maltreatment, and physical and emotional bullying.
Yesterday, Tea Party conservative Glenn Beck decided to give parents a lesson on how to convince their children that rights come from God. Apparently, in Beck’s mind, parents need to physically bully their kids into believing: “challenge them, get in their face … teach them a lesson — push ‘em!” And if you don’t, Beck warns, they’ll “run around like little girls crying.”
Beck, by the way, has been married twice, is a Mormon, has two children from each of his two marriages, is 49, and lives in Texas.
“Warning that if people don’t forcefully assert that their rights come from God, then the government can take them away, Beck explained that the Founding Fathers created the Bill of Rights in order to prevent the government from ever infringing on the God-given inalienable rights of the citizens,” Right Wing Watch explains.
“Well, they’re going to cry,” Beck mocks his viewers, “‘I’ll hurt their feelings.’ PUSH ‘EM!,” Beck screams. “Because if you don’t do it now, it’s going to be much worse when they’re pushed and they’re shoved and they’re shot. Push them! Teach them! They need to know the truth, and they need to be pushed up against the wall once in a while, so they know they can defend themselves, they know they can survive, they don’t run around like little girls crying at the drop of a hat! PUSH ‘EM!”
Contrary to Beck’s suggestion, children actually do have rights. It’s called the law, and every day parents are arrested for child maltreatment, which, yes, may actually include pushing kids up against the wall.
“More than 3 million referrals of child maltreatment are received by state and local agencies each year—that’s nearly 6 referrals every minute,” the CDC reports:
Child maltreatment includes all types of abuse and neglect of a child under the age of 18 by a parent, caregiver, or another person in a custodial role (e.g., clergy, coach, teacher). There are four common types of abuse:
Video and transcript via Right Wing Watch
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