Given the amount of propaganda it aims at America's children, it was just a matter of time before People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals crossed the wrong parent. A tip of the Consumer Freedom hat to Matthew Knowles, father of pop diva Beyoncé Knowles, who saw his daughter getting shoved around by PETA last week and did the only honorable thing he could. He shoved back. . . .
Mr. Knowles isn't the only father who should be upset, as PETA has a long history of targeting children with its destructive animal rights messages. . . .
The common thread running through all of PETA's outreach to minor children is its habit of going behind parents' backs to create the next generation of meat-shunning, pleather-wearing (and yes, bomb-throwing) activists. . . .
This is a good thing. I posted on how Green/AR indoctrination was entering the public school curriculum in January under the heading "Humane Indoctrination".
I see this as a real problem - it's under the radar, so to speak, and it's all too easy for people to simply turn a blind eye. Indeed, a Professor Les AuCoin, a former congressman and present commentator on our local public radio station (Jefferson Public Radio), recently (somewhat cruelly, I believe) skewered someone - not once but twice (here and here) - who had the temerity to propose just such a notion.
What I hope I captured in the "Humane Indoctrination" post is how one side of an issue is being presented as if that issue has been settled beyond question. And yet, as I've pointed out in several other posts (here, here and here for example) there is another side to the environmental story that few are willing to acknowledge, much less include in our school's curriculum.
At best, the example in "Humane Indoctrination" is a case of ideology trumping balance.
At worst, it is a case of ideologues silencing opposition.