Christmas blighted by Child Detention obscenity – International Migrants Day 18 December
This year International Migrants Day (18 December) has called for children to be released from detention. It is appropriate that an event held in the shadow of Christmas should advocate for children, for they lie at the heart of Christmas.
Writing in Eureka Street, Andrew Hamilton sj observes that the insistence in the Gospel stories on the obligation to respect and nurture children is not exclusive to Christians. It is echoed in the attention to children and concern for their growth into responsible adults shared by other religions and cultures:
“The response to children who commit crimes must be thought through. The enemy of reason is passion, often inflamed by the media, which sees the offending children as monsters who must be locked up.”