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An Immodest Proposal: Zero Tolerance for Child Abuse

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"And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea." 
(King James Version of Matthew's Gospel)
In the entry hall to my home hangs this photographic meditation on the profound preciousness of children. A feeling for the numinosity of the young  has marked my life from my earliest days in Hermosa Beach, when an older girl—one of the many Dust Bowl refugee children who'd settled with their families in our then-humble beach town—welcomed this child of Jewish atheists into a backyard, Baptist prayer circle and introduced her to the baby Jesus. I'd learned about the value of children in my own noisy and loving home, where I listened to stories describing the tragic loss of all my grandparents' many babies except for my mother and where I witnessed my family's c…