I am deeply disturbed tonight. My wife relayed a message from a good and trusted friend tonight, who suggested that perhaps I should be careful about all of the comments I have posted on my Facebook account about the TSA recently. You see, I have "Liked" the We Won't Fly and Boycott Flying Facebook groups, and I frequently comment on the articles they post. I am also a youth pastor at my church, and several of the youth in my youth group are in my "Friends" list. My friend objected because (s)he thinks that some of the content in these articles can be somewhat offensive.
But how can it be worse to call out offensive behaviour by our government than it is to subject our children to it? Is it less offensive to have a pre-teen child actually face the TSA's current screening process than it is to describe why these practices are morally, ethically and legally reprehensible? My friend is a good person. (S)He frequently gives me very good advice, and I cannot overstate the value I place on this person's friendship. However, I humbly submit that there is a very, very serious logical disconnect when it is not offensive to take your children to the airport, have the TSA electronically strip-search them and/or have the TSA run their hands up and down every inch of their bodies, but it is offensive to write comments in protest of these policies.