Respect Life? Respect Honesty

20 06 2008

I recently commented on an older posting regarding the confederate flag. This has made me think of another symbol that I have been frustrated by: the “Respect Life” license plate offered by the state of Colorado. This specialty plate was created after the Columbine incident, purportedly as a way of commemorating the event and raising funds for the survivors.

However this plate has clearly come to stand for something else entirely. Despite becoming one of the most popular specialty plates in the state, selling nearly 90,000 plates over the past 8 years and raising more than $2 million in state fees, the plates have resulted in less than $12,000 in contributions to the Columbine fund. Other specialty plates require the driver to make a donation to the benefiting charity, while the “Columbine” plate only suggests a donation.

I am just amazed at the fact that this plate was able to sneak in under the guise of standing for the Columbine tragedy while the design makes nearly no reference to the event itself. The design of the plate came from one of the parents of a student who was shot, and chose the phrase “Respect Life” as a summation of all that had gone wrong. They gave cryptic answers when asked about the plate’s relationship to the abortion debate: (emphasis added)

“Our nation has always had guns, our nation has always had children, our nation has always had adults,” began the statement. “I believe what our nation has not always had is parents murdering their children, and children murdering other children and their parents.

“An ingredient that has made America different in the past couple of generations is changes towards the understanding of what is right and wrong, what is good and evil,” continued the statement.

“I believe that they will not find the source of our nation’s character flaws in their children, only a reflection of themselves. As kids we hear what you say, but we see what you do. It is my hope that these Columbine Respect Life license plates will in some way help the adult society to find the true sources of this evil and to find solutions to the serious problems within America,” he concluded.

There is not a single person who could look at this plate and claim that it stood for anything other than a pro-life agenda. This phrase is also available on plates in Missouri, but there the donation goes to a pro-life organization.  Several other state have similar plates that use the phrase “Choose Life” instead.

It depresses but does not surprise me that we allowed this thinly-veiled propaganda into our state. It makes me even more sad to think that parents would exploit the violence against their children as an opportunity to push a separate political agenda. If you want a pro-life plate, at least be honest about what you are doing.

respect life




10 responses

22 06 2008

It strikes me that the most outspoken of the Columbine parents are the ultra conservative ones, who have gone on to exploit their children’s death to achieve various political and religious agendas.

25 07 2011
Paul Potyen

Here’s my idea: print up some adhesive tags and stick them at the bottom the license plate shown above: (click below)

23 01 2014
alli with saturday delivery

If you do very important tasks on the computer, most important
step is to backup your information more often.
Any quantity of additional movement helps; you may be surprised to view what
you can do while you start to move more plus more because suddenly you’re not so winded if you should climb the stairs as soon as you decide to make an additional trip each day.
In order to take care of healthy vitamin intake, it is strongly recommended that people please take a daily multiple

25 01 2014
how to get avelox in internet check priority mail thailand

I wondered how much and what type of antibiotics they
might have given to the chicken I was eating and would it interfere with the antibiotic I was taking.

In addition, the running of Quinolone drugs results in increased
microorganisms stage of level of resistance. Individuals without
health insurance, or who are simply looking to control costs, have options other than traditional labs.

25 01 2014

Repeated use of these products will help keep your
dry skin under control, however, you can depend on just any moisturizing product.
It can be used for people with minor success using other medicines.
Martin Sheen is anticipated to testify in the event against the pharmaceutical company that manufactured the acne drug Accutane.

26 01 2014
cod avodart next day shipping

Hair Transplant, where the surgeon moves non-sensitive hairs from the back of the head on the best.
And this is one of the utmost important protection we should
have. Generic Dutasteride is one such medication which
promises to deliver significant outcome to its users.

26 01 2014
buy bactrim cheap buy bactrim on line no prescription

Dovonex is for topical use, gently applying a thin layer
to affected areas and rubbing in thoroughly. Keep in mind that all guinea pigs are allergic to penicillin, amoxicillin and any antibiotic in the penicillin
family. Don’t be afraid to reach out of your comfort zone to get some answers to your health problems.

26 01 2014
cod cefixime cash on delivery

The Gonorrhea infection, which is also known as ‘the clap’, is triggered by the specific bacteria referred to as Neisseria gonorrhea.
Arm by yourself with substantial understanding of
this disease now. It is available as a suspension with 100 mg per 5 cc.

26 01 2014
buy amoxil in the us

Mucus, breathlessness, cough and fatigue are all the symptoms of COPD.

If you have any of these symptoms contact your doctor as soon as possible.
It is not always safe to take multiple medications together.

26 01 2014
bupropion cheap no membership

Empatic and Contrave are the diet pills available for sale at present.
Ansel Adams-Photographer Ann Bancroft-Actress Alexander Graham Bell-Inventor Hans Christian Anderson-Author
Beethoven-Composer Harry Belafonte-Actor and singer Terry Bradshaw-Football quarterback–Confirmed ADD or
ADHD George Burns-Actor Jim Carey-Comedian–Confirmed ADD or ADHD Cher-Actor and singer
Winston Churchill-Author Bill Cosby-Actor and comedian–Confirmed ADD or ADHD
Tom Cruise-Actor–Confirmed ADD or ADHD Kirk Douglas-Actor–Confirmed ADD
or ADHD Walt Disney-Entertainment founder John Denver-Muscician Leonardo da Vinci-Inventor and artist Salvador Dali-Artist Thomas Edison-Inventor Albert Einstein-Physicist Dwight D.
These types of questions may bring up numerous information pointing towards the possibility that this parent, too, could have the disorder.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: