Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Kids. Is It Worth This?

You know, every time I think I'm ready to start a family, something like this comes up.

If dad goes for a walk with his daughter and holds her hand, apparently Virginia Department of Health officials wants you to pick up the phone and destroy his life by reporting him as a possible sexual abuser. I would've thought this article about this campaign was from the Onion or some satirical publication, but it's for real.

"The 'Stop It Now' campaign - just launched locally - will urge people to call a help line if they see an adult whom they suspect of having a sexual relationship with a child.

"'We want to teach them to trust their instinct and, if it doesn't feel right, take action,' Odor said."

"Ah, but is there a misleading billboard?" you ask.

Why, yes. Yes, there is.

Because as we all know, all men are sexual predators, and should never be trusted around ANYONE, especially their own children.

Makes me scared to have kids, you know?

-Hold you kid's hand? CPS might take her away
-Discipline child? CPS might take her away
-Sick child? CPS might take her away
-Homeschool the child? CPS might take her away

Land of the free? Not so much...


JTapp said...

All up and down Franklin Ave you see similar fear-mongering billboards. The Ad Council who makes these signs:
"Based on our long history of effecting positive change, it's fair to say that Ad Council campaigns have inspired several generations of Americans."

A lot of it is paid for with your tax dollars.

Joshua "Doc" Wible said...

In this day and age you do have to be careful, which is sad, sad that society has gotten to this point. But friend, dont let something like this keep you from bringing little moose-ettes into the world. Dont deny the world that. I for one cant wait to hear the pitter patter of little moose hoofs in your house.

Besides, my kids will need to know the pleasure that is being a friend of the moose.

Anonymous said...

you are the "great" moose, sir...there should be no fear in you!

right on, doc...won't it be great to see greatmoose as a dad?! ahhh, such a sight!!!!!!!!!!!


Greatmoose said...

Awww, you guys! You're making me all teary-eyed...

Matthew J. said...

Too much fluff here in the comments. I need to keep your head at a manageable size. I think you'll be a sucky dad.

Seriously though, you will make a great dad and you should not be afraid because of idiots at the ad council.