P&R mom= love your Yelling fire at 5 vs 18 analogy. You are a great debater/speaker. Simple yet to the point.
Thank you! Actually I tend to babble on and on, so I'm trying to work on getting to the point faster!
if someone gets offended by one person wearing a cross or star of david or even hijab, that is there problem, as it is not hurting them, inviting them to join anything, nor insulting their religion
And there is the difference between wearing, say, a swastika vs. a cross: a swastika is inherently insulting & hurtful --its entire symbolic meaning is of a group of hate-mongers [mongerers?]-- whereas most people most of the time who wear crosses etc. are not advocating hatred or discrimination (can we leave Mel Gibson out of the argument? lol).
They have rights. They have the right to not be beaten, among others.
Well, if we want to get technical, adults have the right to step in and remove a child from an abusive situation; the child does not have the right to leave the home and go live somewhere else. In other words, children themselves do not have any rights; adults have the right to step in if kids are neglected, skipping school, working 12 hours a day, etc. etc.
While I feel for kids in some situations, please consider how many Columbine-type tragedies have occurred and how many parents said things like, "I didn't know Junior had guns in his closet -- I felt he had a right to privacy." Wrong!