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WI Senator Wants Law Saying Single Parents Are Probably Child Abusers

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Reducing rates of child abuse and neglect is a topic everyone can agree is important. Now, says Wisconsin state Senator Glenn Grothman, let us consult the Ouija board to figure out which entire category of people make up the secret witches behind this evil and make a law telling everyone to hurl poop and screams at them! What is that look, this is how it's always done, as a Republican. So which lucky group gets to be the demon this time? Gays? Mexicans? Blacks? Homeless polar bears? Public school teachers? People who use the word "football" to refer to "soccer?" The abused children themselves? Let's check the text of the bill: "In promoting those campaigns and materials, the [Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board] shall emphasize nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect." Single parents! Let's murder them all and end child abuse, forever.


If you don't want to kill them, since they make up a third of all Wisconsin parents, the state would at least like you to learn the importance of regarding them with suspicion. Here's more of the bill:

Section 1. 48.982 (2) (g) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:

48.982 (2) (g) 2. Promote statewide educational and public awareness campaigns and materials for the purpose of developing public awareness of the problems of child abuse and neglect. In promoting those campaigns and materials, the board shall emphasize nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.

Section 2. 48.982 (2) (g) 4. of the statutes is amended to read:

48.982 (2) (g) 4. Disseminate information about the problems of and methods of preventing child abuse and neglect to the public and to organizations concerned with those problems. In disseminating that information, the board shall emphasize nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.

Well now we know how to stop child abuse in the Catholic church; just force all those priests to get married. [WQOW.com via Wonkette operative "Abby"]

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