Last week, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry appeared in a promotional video for the network where she argued that we have to "break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents" and recognize that "kids belong to whole communities."
The ad was greeted with alarm on the right. Glenn Beck said it seemed "so far beyond what we have ever thought as a nation, it is remarkable," while Rush Limbaugh noted "the nuclear family has always been under attack by communists, leftists."
Sarah Palin called the MSNBC ad was "unflippingbelievable."
First, Harris-Perry responded with a simple tweet: Matthew 5:44.
The verse according to the New International Version of the Bible is: "But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you."
Melissa Harris-Perry responds:
My inbox began filling with hateful, personal attacks on Monday, apparently as a result of conservative reactions to a recent “Lean Forward” advertisement now airing on msnbc, which you can view above. What I thought was an uncontroversial comment on my desire for Americans to see children as everyone’s responsibility has created a bit of a tempest in the right’s teapot. Allow me to double down.The Christian Post responds:
One thing is for sure: I have no intention of apologizing for saying that our children, all of our children, are part of more than our households, they are part of our communities and deserve to have the care, attention, resources, respect and opportunities of those communities.
Mike Riggs posted the video and a transcript at Reason with the title, "Is This the Creepiest Show Promo MSNBC Has Ever Run?"Hillary Clinton wrote a 1996 book titled It Takes a Village, where she also argued that kids belong to the village.
"The hubris in this video is amazing," Shane Vander Hart wrote at Caffeinated Thoughts. "While my child is not 'my property,' my wife and I are the ones who are responsible before God to raise, clothe, feed, educate, and most importantly train up to follow Christ. My child is not part of 'the collective.'"
Joy Pullman, at American Enterprise Institute's Values & Capitalism Project, argued that, besides being inconsistent with what the U.S. Supreme Court has said about parental rights, the commercial is also inconsistent with biblical teaching.
"The Christian tradition teaches that children do, indeed, belong to their families, and not to 'whole communities,'" Pullman wrote. "My favorite of many examples of this is Ephesians 6:4: 'Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.' That word translated 'discipline' here actually has a massive meaning. In Greek, it's paideia, which actually means every single thing that goes into a child's upbringing and education and encircles the child into maturity – body, mind and soul."
More than ever, the American Left is a war against parents.
This is the same MSNBC that spent that last 3 months telling that we should vote Democrat because racist white cops are shooting innocent blacks in back, like in Ferguson Missouri. Pres. Barack Obama, AG Holder, and the Democrat Missouri governor seemed to do everything they could to encourage race riots there. Even tho the facts support the cop's story, Obama still implies that white racist cops are at fault. I am disgusted with all of them.
I wish I could say that the Republican will rescue us from the Obama Democrats. The voters rejected Obama policies in the last election, and the Republicans have an opportunity to undo some of the damage. I doubt that they will do much, but at least they are not as bad as the Democrats.