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Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world.
To love a child is to love life. To nurture a child is to express hope. Children do not exhaust our strength. They allow us to go beyond ourselves and to discover the power of our own creative talents. To be a mother or a father is more than a profession. It is more than a social calling. It is the fulfillment of one of our deepest needs—our need to touch the future and make it live.
—Rabbi Sherwin Wine
There is a lot of talk today from the Religious Right about "protecting the unborn," but there is not enough talk about protecting the children we already have from abuse. . . . Our children are our future. And our children are our moral responsibility.
Everyone has the right to believe what they want to believe, and that right is absolute. But the right to act on one’s religious beliefs is not absolute. . . . .I don’t think that there’s any room under the law for endangering the life of a child. Or under the First Amendment. These laws are not supposed to extend that far.”
— Charles Haynes, Director of the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute
Abuse means, to me, using a person for whatever I want from her [or] him without asking for their agreement, without respecting their will and their interests. With children, it is very easy to do so, because they are loving. They trust their parents and most adults, and they don’t realize that they were abused, that their love had been exploited. Especially if they were forced to ignore their emotions from the beginning, they might have lost their sensibility for the warning signals.
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