Reading this post on the Rev. Debra Haffner's blog has made me fully think this Bristol Palin matter through.
And I'm really, really appalled.
Guys, Bristol is seventeen. Bristol is pregnant. And Bristol probably feels like the whole country is making fun of her. And Bristol's momma is being attacked over and over by half the nation because Bristol was stupid enough to get knocked up*.
Imagine the damage we are doing to this kid. How much therapy is it going to take to fix the humiliation we're inflicting on her?
And keep in mind that while the age of consent is 16 in Alaska, she's still below the age of consent in several US states**.
Haffner's argument was that Palin had used her family as a positive example, so we should be able to use them as a negative one.
Not because Palin asked us not to. But because treating a minor like this is wrong.
*As a former teenage girl, I think I can safely assert that this is the way she is thinking of it.
**Though the father is too. I'm not saying she was raped, I'm saying that the legislatures of several states (including McCain's home state of Arizona and Biden's home state of Delaware) think she isn't mature enough to make the decision to have sex. This is a minor we're talking about, and likely a quite sheltered one. Let's not take out our anger on her.