WARNING: Constitution May Be Offensive to Children

by Ryan on June 8, 2010

in Anything Else,Culture,History,Media Bias,Politics

Consider this outrage that’s going viral all of a sudden:  Wilder Publications has a disclaimer on their copy of the Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Articles of Confederation.  It reads:

This book is product of its time and does not reflect the same values as if it were written today.  Parents might wish to discuss with their children how views on race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity and interpersonal relations have changed since this book was written before allowing them to read this classic work.

Umm… I don’t know what you think, but to me that’s not only insulting, it’s also creepy.  It’s like saying, “Please indoctrinate your kiddies in modern political correctness before subjecting them to our antiquated founding documents,” as if there something inherently wrong with them.  It’s all about being P.C. on the slavery issue (which was settled, by the way, 145 years ago).

Plus, where does “sexuality” appear in any of those founding documents besides use of the word “men” from time to time?  I didn’t think John Adams’ feeling that South Carolina’s Edward Rutledge was a bit of a “dandy” made it into the final draft of the Declaration, but maybe I’m wrong.

“Interpersonal relations?”  Like how we don’t like King George?  Did we say things about His Royal Highness that would be too rude by today’s standards?  Maybe Thomas, Benjamin and John could have used a time-out to calm their verve.

What’s also a bit thought-provoking is that this was published in 2008, but is only getting major attention now.  I think that’s actually a good thing — it means now people are starting to pay attention.

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