Friday, June 3, 2011

Who Are We???

These two stories, from two different states, are examples of just how far we've travelled down the slippery slope of moral decay and decline.

Alameda, California: Firefighters, Police stand by and watch a man drown. http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news%2Flocal%2Feast_bay&id=8161285

Texas: Chief U.S. District Judge Fred Biery issues a ruling that bans prayer at high school graduation; also bans the words "benediction", "invocation",
“join in prayer,” “bow their heads,” “amen,” and “prayer.”
His ruling prohibits anyone from saying, “in [a deity’s name] we pray.” This is all because, according to Biery, the Plaintiff and his parents would "suffer irreperable harm" if any of those words were used. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/06/02/prayer-prohibited-at-graduation-ceremony

1 comment:

  1. Michelle, the two stories you linked to really need a blog each for them to be dealt with properly. What horrific examples of moral terpitude. After that adjective popped into my head, I googled it. On wikipedia it says this about moral terpitude -
    "Moral turpitude is a legal concept in the United States that refers to "conduct that is considered contrary to community standards of justice, honesty or good morals."

    The firefighters are apparently examining their protocols after they abided by them and were therefore "unable" to rescue the man in the water. It would be fitting if the firefighters abandoned their protocols and followed some basic community standards. Their excuses for doing nothing are not dissimilar to the Nazi's camp guards pathetic excuses that they were just following orders. Every single firefighter now shares the guilt of not helping a person in obvious need.

    What's worse, the non-rescue personal who stood around criticising the firefighters for not rescuing the man in the water are also guilty of gross moral terpitude. Their willingness to blame the firefighters and so to excuse their own lack of moral action is not dissimilar to those German citizens who stood idly by while the Nazis pwrpetrated horrendous moral evils. The underlying problem with both the rescue personal and the bystanders can be summed up in one phrase, which also applies to the Judge in the case you cited - Moral Cowardice.

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