I’ve been reflecting on the “women’s march,” held Saturday primarily in Washington D.C., but in other cities as well. It’s not so much that I’ve chosen to reflect on this march; it’s just that the sights and sounds of it won’t go away.
I have found these sights and sounds quite disturbing. By “sights and sounds,” I mean the snapshots and video clips that have been plastered across so many media outlets. Disturbing enough on their own, they are made even more disturbing by the fact that so many children were brought to the event, and that so many other children have been exposed to its images and speeches as I have been.
How do children mentally process such an event? What do they think of the strange hats so many of the participants were wearing? Who is explaining to the children what those hats represent? What do the children think of the foul language used by so many of the speakers? Are children familiar with these words? And what do the children think of the tone in which most of the speakers addressed the crowd? Are children comforted by the sort of bitter invective and taunting mockery that spewed from the microphones?
Apparently, there were anti-abortion women’s organizations who wanted to help sponsor the march, but the pro-abortion women’s organizations would not let them. Thus the march’s focus on women’s rights stopped at a woman’s womb. Only after a female escapes her mother’s womb will she have any rights. Until then, she’d better watch out. (Only she can’t watch out because she’s completely defenseless.)
I have heard repeatedly from supporters of this march that it was about the protection of women’s rights, but I have to conclude that it was just as much about the destruction of children’s rights. These include the right of a child to be protected from profane and vulgar speech, the right to be shielded from discussion of sexual matters until an appropriate age, and even the right to be born once he or she has been conceived.
Thus the march was more anti-children than it was pro-women.
And while I don’t excuse the crude and vile speeches, signs, and props used by the women at this event, I grieve deeply for the sins of men who, instead of being proper fathers and husbands, have so mistreated women in the past that some of them have been driven to such displays of anger and bitterness in the present.
May God forgive our sins and grant us repentance.