My Mom was a wonderful lady who was the stereotypical stay at home mother. After she married, she never held a job outside of the home, she never learned to drive a car, and she always had a treat waiting when her kids came home from school. She had her share of grief in life, bearing eight children and outliving five of them. But she never lost her sense of humor.
Of course, as a kid, I didn’t always appreciate that sense of humor. More than once my Mom humiliated me by showing my buddies, and worse, a girlfriend or two, a photograph she had of me laying on a blanket as a baby, fresh out of a bath with a big smile on my face, and showing my bare butt to the whole world.
But now I know the truth. My dear mother was a pedophile! Believe me, nobody is more shocked than I am to learn this.
I make this statement based on the story of a Galesburg, Illinois soldier who is being held in Afghanistan and is charged with child pornography because his mother e-mailed him photos of a family picnic that included a four your old niece in her swimsuit. In one of the pictures, the little girl is sitting on the hood of a pickup truck, and her swimsuit had ridden up, exposing part of her buttock. That was the basis for the Army charge against the soldier, who has otherwise had a good record, has never been in trouble, and should have been allowed to return to the United States with the rest of his unit last September.
The soldier’s parents, Terri and Rodney Miller, say that their son, Specialist Fourth Class Billy Miller, 24, is despondent and they fear he may harm himself out of frustration because military authorities have dragged his case out and refuse to allow him to defend himself against the charges and get on with his life.
The Miller’s say the Army has refused to give them much information about their son’s case, and that when Illinois Congressman Phil Hare tried to intercede on their behalf, he too was rebuffed. The soldier’s family says that the whole mess started when a former friend of their son’s saw the child’s picture on his laptop computer and accused him of possession of child pornography as part of a personal grudge. Terri Miller says that while she supports our nation’s troops, in her opinion the military can “go to hell.”
Is this not the biggest crock of crap you’ve heard in a long time? What’s next? Are the government witch hunters going to go after the folks that marketed Coppertone Sun Lotion for their ad campaign in 1959 that featured a dog pulling down the bottom of a little girl’s swimsuit, exposing her hind end? Are they going to track down everybody who ever saw those ads and charge us with viewing child pornography? Is there a statue of limitation on this crime?
You can tune in any television channel and see more sexually suggestive programming on the shows and advertisements. Are we going to charge the broadcasters with exposing children to pornography if they happen to be watching TV?
I don’t think there is any form of vermin worse than those who prey on our children. There are a lot of sick puppies in this world who get their kicks from abusing children, and I’d be happy to take a pair of garden shears or a rusty pocketknife and make them less of a threat, any time. But that’s not what this case is all about. It’s a travesty, and the Army needs to drop it and bring this young soldier home.
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