Birds, bees and cell phones

Chil­dren in a dozen states have been charged with child pornog­ra­phy for “sex­ting” — send­ing nude pic­tures of them­selves or oth­ers through cy­berspace. A study pub­lished in De­cem­ber claims 20 per­cent of Amer­i­can teenagers had par­tic­i­pated in some form of se

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With Amer­ica mov­ing left po­lit­i­cally and so­cially, it might be wise to take a mo­ment and con­sider what might hap­pen to kids if the drift con­tin­ues. Al­ready, chil­dren are un­der pres­sure from high-tech ma­chines that can in­stantly pro­vide them with im­ages and in­for­ma­tion far be­yond their abil­ity to com­pre­hend emo­tion­ally. Even vig­i­lant par­ents are up against it. On nearly ev­ery play­ground in Amer­ica, there are cell phones that can trans­mit X-rated ma­te­rial in the blink of an eye.

The re­sult is grim. Chil­dren in a dozen states have been charged with child pornog­ra­phy for “sex­ting” — send­ing nude pic­tures of them­selves or oth­ers through cy­berspace. A study pub­lished in De­cem­ber claims 20 per­cent of Amer­i­can teenagers had par­tici- pated in some form of sex­ting, in­clud­ing the ex­treme act of kids ac­tu­ally pho­tograph­ing them­selves hav­ing sex.

But in­stead of out­rage, the re­ac­tion has been largely muted, and in some cases, adults are even ex­cus­ing it. This week in Ottawa, about 8,000 aca­demics from around the world at­tended a con­ven­tion to dis­cuss the lat­est in so­cial trends.

Peter Cum­ming, a lit­er­a­ture pro­fes­sor at York Uni­ver­sity in Toronto, in­tro­duced a pa­per on “Chil­dren’s Rights.” He put forth a claim that sex­ting is ac­tu­ally no worse than the old kiss­ing game spin the bot­tle. Mr. Cum­ming then went com­pletely off the rails, writ­ing:

“In Bush’s Amer­ica, is there no mid­dle ground be­tween child pornog­ra­phy, sex­ual as­sault, abuse and ex­ploita­tion on the one hand and chil­dren’s ‘ab­sti­nence’ on the other?

“When, in West­ern cul­ture, did nu­dity be­come pornog­ra­phy, did chil­dren’s sex­u­al­ity be­come per­verse, and when and how and why have we for­got­ten chil­dren’s par­tic­i­pa­tory rights as sex­ual be­ings?”

Wow! That’s right out of the North Amer­i­can Man-Boy Love As­so­ci­a­tion hand­book. The loopy teacher says he is not ad­vo­cat­ing child-adult sex, only that kids should be al­lowed sen­sual free­dom with each other. Oh, is that all?

By the way, bud, it’s “Obama’s Amer­ica” now.

There was a time when Mr. Cum­ming would have been os­tra­cized from se­ri­ous dis­course, but those days are long gone. There was no wide­spread out­cry from the aca­demics over his the­sis, and most me­dia chose to ig­nore the sit­u­a­tion. Af­ter all, a con­dem­na­tion of Mr. Cum­ming would re­quire mak­ing a judg- ment, some­thing far-left sec­u­lar pro­gres­sives are loath to do.

You don’t have to sup­port charg­ing kids with child porn to fig­ure this one out. Sex­ting will not do any child any good. Chil­dren should be taught that Amer­ica has be­come the most pow­er­ful coun­try in his­tory by em­brac­ing a Judeo-Chris­tian phi­los­o­phy based upon good works, noble in­ten­tions and per­sonal dis­ci­pline. None of that is found in ex­pos­ing your­self.

The far left wants to tear down tra­di­tional tenets. What bet­ter place to start than with the kids? It never was “Bush’s Amer­ica.” It was al­ways our Amer­ica. If we want to keep it the way we’ve known it, we had bet­ter start con­fronting the bar­bar­ians soon.

Bill O’Reilly is a na­tion­ally syndicated colum­nist.

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