Congressman Steve King (Republican – Iowa) doesn’t limit himself to straight party politics when he’s addressing K-12 audiences; the issue of abortion is also at the top of his list.
Addressing The K-12 Auditorium About Abortion
That’s right: on an issue as sensitive and deeply personal to young women (and men), and at an age where these young people are extremely vulnerable, Representative King feels he has the right to hold forth as the authority on this topic.
I often go into a high school auditorium or meet with people at even the K-through-12 level in their entirety, and I will tell them: “You will be asked to answer one of the most profound moral questions of our age and that is where do you stand on the abortion issue. And you need to only ask and answer two questions. The first question is do you believe that human life is sacred in all of its forms. Is the person sitting to your left and to your right and everyone in this room, is their life sacred?” And they’ll nod their heads.
Should Politicians Be Allowed To Present Their Anti-Abortion Views?
There are so many reasons that this type of rhetoric is wrong, that it’s hard to know where to start, but here are a few.
As a teacher of teenagers, I know how easy it is to influence students, and it’s a given amongst the profession to hold back on making your political and other opinions known to your students. Give them all the information, and let them decide. Presenting one side of an argument in this emotional way is both wrong, and bad teaching. Mr. King should know that.
Is Steve King Really “Pro-Life”?
And a few other issues: if Representative King holds life so sacred, how does he feel about all the killings around the world that America is responsible for? Has he voted to leave Afghanistan? Did he vote to enter Iraq? (The answers are no, and yes, respectively.)
And what about the death penalty? Presumably Congressman King is against that too?
Shame on you, Steve King, for exploiting your position as Congressman to try and brainwash young children.
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