Monday, April 16, 2012

Hand-Holding Banned

"No holding hands in the school yard!" commands the newest law in Tennessee. What better way to start a child off in life than teaching children to…withhold natural affection from their friends???    The reasoning behind it is that holding hands can lead to…sex???

"Last week, the Senate passed SB 3310, a bill to update the state's abstinence-based sex education curriculum to define holding hands and kissing as "gateway sexual activities."

Is it really true that hand-holding leads to sex? Well, maybe eventually anything can lead to sex. Dancing, talking, reading, watching TV, gardening and any number of normal human activities might lead to sex. Perhaps they had better ban these natural activities as well. 

Quick! Before sex breaks out!

Just kidding...

Seems to me, a law like this was implemented from a place of fear, rather than what might be loving and healthy for a child. So, tell me again, how does the scripture at 1 John 4:18 apply, which simply states, "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love."—New International Version

I believe a law like this can never be truly enforced. Children and their healthy parents will always find ways for their friends to get together and bond. If they can't hold hands in a physical way, they certainly will, "energetically." For example, the law cannot regulate a person's nightly dreams for affection. Children all over Tennessee will magically find ways to spend quality time with their friends. In fact, with the law in place, there may be more hand-holding than ever before!

I hold the vision that such a backwards-thinking law will soon be forgotten. If not erased from the books completely, certainly it will be non-existent in the consciousness of the children of healthy, normal parents. The exercise of a healthy conscience will win out over excessive rule-making every time. Normal affection which includes hand-holding and hugging will be demonstrated every day in the schoolyards of the entire world!

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