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The kids are not all right.

Picture this: Four overweight teenage girls shopping on a Saturday afternoon in London, wearing jeans, jaunty Lenin caps, clanking jewelry and heavy eye makeup. In their mouths are ... baby pacifiers, albeit sequin-trimmed. The latest fashion statement, presumably.

The pacifiers epitomise a new phenomenon the Archbishop of Canterbury recently called the "infant adult." In mid-September, Archbishop Rowan Williams warned of a new generation of "infant adults" who, deprived of a secure childhood, grow up to become violent and dysfunctional. As such, they shirk responsibility and lack the emotional maturity to cope with the demands of adult life long after reaching legal adulthood.

The archbishop blamed a combination of family breakup and parents' excessive reliance on props such as computers and television, effectively allowing youngsters to get lonely and lost in their own worlds.

Is that what happened to Kimveer Gill, who shot one student to death and wounded 20 others at Dawson College in Montreal before turning the gun on himself?

"The pincer movement of the commercialisation of childhood and the fragmentation of the family is now closing," said the archbishop. "We are talking about ingrained unhappiness among large numbers of children."

Williams' comments are reflected in the high levels of clinical depression now commonly seen in school-aged children, much of it caused by a materialistic, appetite-driven culture in which children are starved of love and attention--literally--and torn apart by divorce. But this pathologically selfish and secularist culture remains in denial, preferring to justify its profound neglect of its children by giving them everything they want, but almost nothing of what they need--disciplined, consistent and loving parenting, a warm and orderly home, religious and moral training and good day-to-day example.

The natural consequences of such negligence are depression, dysfunctionality, attention-deficit disorder and emotional retardation. But the catalogue of misery doesn't end there.

Adding to the unnatural burdens on kids is a phenomenon called "the new family," which in turn raises the question Archbishop Williams was indirectly asking: who is parenthood for? Adults? Or children?

That question is the topic of a recently published report by Elizabeth Marquardt, titled The Revolution in Parenthood: The Emerging Global Clash Between Adult Rights and Children's Needs. It which warns that family structures and parenthood roles are being redefined without sufficient consideration for the needs of children.

The revolution described in the report has been caused by a variety of developments: high divorce rates; single-parent childbearing; support for same-sex "marriage;" artificial insemination, and proposals to allow children conceived with the use of sperm and egg donors to have three legal parents.

The report also discusses the effects of new legislation--often introduced with a minimum of research and debate--entitling homosexual partners not only to call themselves "married" but to adopt children and imitate natural families.

So widespread and accepted are all these practices that it is now politically incorrect to point out a few simple facts: all are against God's law; all are being foisted on hapless children who have no understanding of what's happening to them or any protection against the resulting damage; and all introduce into young lives such intellectual, emotional and psychological confusion that ... well, there oughta be a law!

In Canada, for example, the law allowing same-sex "marriage" includes a provision eliminating the term "natural parent" and replacing it with "legal parent." With that law, the locus of power in defining who a child's parents are shifts dangerously from civil society to the state, with the consequences as yet unknown, Marquardt concludes.

Add the increasing support from influential legal commissions and Canadian and American legal scholars for the legalization of group marriage arrangements such as polygamy and polyamory, which involve intimate relationships of three or more people, and we have yet another savage blow about to be struck against natural childhood--that is, the formation of children by their married parents into loving and responsible adults, parents and citizens.

Here's the truth, in case you need reminding: in today's amoral climate, children are under total attack from the second they are conceived. Why? Because the enemy wants nothing less than the complete destruction of God's beloved creature, Man. It is only logical then that the first, fiercest and most frontal attack is invariably launched on the innocent and the defenceless--that is, the next generation.

Paula Adamick is a professional journalist. She writes from London, England, where she publishes the monthly Canada Post.
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Date:Nov 1, 2006
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