Child Abuse and Fishing

Child Abuse and Fishing

A few days ago when we were logging in and out of Facebook, we were greeted by an image of a little boy with a big smile on his face holding a fishing line with two fish hanging from it.

The image really bothered us, and all we could think of was, “This is child abuse. They are teaching the child to enjoy violence and killing.”

To us, this is a form of child abuse just like any other, but this kind is much more subtle, because it is acceptable and even encouraged by a large part of society.

In order to have a child enjoy hurting and killing a fish, the child must first be brain-washed, and have their heart hardened into thinking that this kind of activity is fun and a good thing to do, but what is happening is that they are causing the children to lose their empathy for the fish to the point that the child looks upon fishing as fun and a good thing to do.

It is not a good thing by any stretch of the imagination. It is evil.

God wants us all to have a soft heart that He can mold into making us into the people He wants us to be, so that we would love Him and care about the whole of His creation. Instead, what they are doing to these children is really leading them astray.

It is just as Jesus tells us in the Bible (Mark 9:42).

42. “And whoever causes one of these little ones who believe to stumble, it would be better for him if, with a heavy millstone hung around his neck, he had been cast into the sea.
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In other words, people who lead children astray are worthy of death, because they are guilty of child abuse.

We are to love and guide our children into becoming peacemaking children of God, who will help free creation from its present corruption, and not cause further mayhem.

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9 Responses to Child Abuse and Fishing

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    Noelene Sanderson January 21, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    Thankyou Frank. I can’t quite cope with the ‘death-penalty’, but totally agree with every other word!

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      flhadmin January 21, 2013 at 11:41 pm #

      The death penality is only symbolic, meaning only that they are deserving of death for leading a child astray, but God always desires that they would repent and change into peacemaking children of God. It is also a warning of the spiritual death that awaits them, if they don’t repent and change their ways.

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    Anonymous January 24, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    Wow.. I’m so glad I came across this post!

    When I saw that picture on the Facebook homepage I was baffled and grossed out at the same time. You are so right about it being child abuse and evil.

    I literally just wrote a blog post on why hunters don’t actually love animals and mentioned how It’s abuse to raise children in such a way that make them think murdering and destroying the environment is a good thing.

    Thank you for writing this article, people need to understand this message. I love your website by the way! So glad to see other people helping the world and doing their part.

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      flhadmin January 24, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

      Thank you. Like you, we also appreciate hearing from people who are working on making this more compassionate for the whole of God’s creation. If you write any articles, including the one mentioned above, and you’d like us to republish it on our archival web site, please send them along to flh@all-creatures.org

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    Daniel Salomon January 28, 2013 at 2:25 am #

    Thanks Reverend Hoffman for acknowledging being coerced into fishing as child abuse.

    As a youth when I was in boyscouts, I had one such bizarre experience.

    One year during summer scout camp, the scoutmaster took me down to a local stream to go fishing for the requirement for a merit badge.

    Not only did we catch several fish, he did not release them back to the wild, but let them die a slow painful death on hot summer pavement.

    I felt guilty after words and asked him if we did anything wrong. His response was “sin a little.”

    I did not even get to learn how to cook and eat the fish—a possible wilderness survival skill, so this excersize served absolutely no educational value other than to further violently socialize me into manhood.

    The good news is that shortly latter I dropped-out of Boy Scouts, in high school I spoke-out against hunting for populaiton control in my own community, went onto college where I took a course called “Animals and Ethics” where I became a vedgatarian and went off to become an animal right actvist.

    You can learn more about my work and published books I have writen and download articles I have writen at http://www.all-creatures.org/church/grmindir-md-ss-salomon.html.

    Yes, this is child abuse. Anytime you make another human being do anything against thier conscience, this is a form of spiritual abuse.

    Thanks very much again for your acknowledgement that I am not alone in having to go through this and that I did not deserve to be treated this way.

    Thanks very much!

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      flhadmin January 28, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

      You’re welcome, and thank you for telling us about your childhood experience and your ministry. Keep up your great work.

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