This opinion column originally appeared on christianpost.com on 10/15/2013.
Samuel Johnson famously declared, "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel." In our day, we might say, "The child is the last refuge of a politician."
When no logical justification exists for a particular course of action, all a lawmaker needs to do to escape scrutiny is announce that "it's all for the children." From there, he or she can exit stage left to general acclaim, heedless of the harm they may actually be causing children.
Witness the assault on sexual orientation change efforts, otherwise known as "SOCE." Just this past August, New Jersey became the second state in the union, after California, to ban counseling for young men and women under 18 who want to combat unwanted same-sex attractions – many of them because of sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of an adult. They have a reasonable and understandable desire for change, but sheer political correctness stands in the way of achieving it.