Opinion

November 20, 2013 (Turtle Bay and Beyond) – November 20 is Universal Children’s Day, first proclaimed by the UN in 1954 to encourage countries to institute a day to promote the welfare of the world’s children.

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UNICEF is marking the day with a campaign to End Violence against children. The most degrading of crimes – slavery, trafficking, forced labor, sexual abuse – are easier to commit, and hide, when perpetrated against children. Children are in greatest need of defenders.

Despite the global consensus against violence against children, the most widespread lethal violence globally occurs with the approval of governments and elites: abortion.

Nevertheless, children’s welfare is something we can all get behind.

So it was a surprise to see the Obama administration’s message to the world on Universal Children’s Day.

U.S. Secretary John Kerry – President Obama’s ambassador to the world – supplanted the day dedicated to children’s welfare with a Transgender Day of Remembrance.

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The State Department posted this statement on its home webpage:

Transgender Day of Remembrance
SECRETARY KERRY (NOV. 20): “On Transgender Day of Remembrance, we renew our commitment to ensuring that all persons are able to live safely, freely and with dignity, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.” Full Text»

A message honoring Universal Children’s Day could not be found.

One person who works on transnational child trafficking remarked, “There was a time when Days of Remembrance were for things like, say, holocausts. Now they are for lack of taxpayer funding for sex-change alterations or new bathrooms.”

Reprinted with permission from Turtle Bay and Beyond

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