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They'll Say Anything

The Associated Press has a story about a man who was sentenced to five years' imprisonment for starving his daughter to the vanishing point.  The article begins:

A Wisconsin father convicted of abuse for starving his teenage daughter down to 68 pounds was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison.

Before being sentenced by Dane County Circuit Judge Julie Genovese, the 42-year-old man read a statement insisting his daughter suffered from severe emotional and behavioral problems that he couldn't handle, that his job as a trucker kept him away from home and that he didn't notice how thin she had become.

Hard to disagree with that.  Kids who get starved can indeed develop "emotional and behavioral problems."  And how could a man be expected to notice that a 68 pound teenager was thin?  Gads, our society is sooo judgmental.

But it was this part that caught my eye:

The man's attorney, Jessa Nicholson, countered he deserved probation. He already has lost his family and his job, his wife is in prison and his reputation has been destroyed, she said.

"Apparently we are still a society that favors punishment," she told reporters after the hearing.

It's all true.  When a father starves his daughter nearly to death, "we are still a society that favors punishment."

Honestly, is there something these people won't say?


B. Otis:
We are now perhaps 3,500 years from the formation of Judaic laws, the code of Hammurabi, and if you admit the “law written in the heart” of all men, from Eden (Rom 2:14-15).
One should expect a relatively consistent understanding of proportional judgment amongst all cultures, mitigated somewhat by sin after the Fall. Such is the case, from Namibia to Park Avenue, from the Hottentot to the 'hot-to-trot'.

Nontheless, those who piteously embrace the Fall, the sort of relativistic atheists who reject natural rights in favour of “human” (humanistic) ones, labour to deny, misrepresent, and demonise universal truths and absolutes. As they despise just and rational eye-for-an-eye reasoning for murder, having “undergone no alteration, either by Moses or by Christ” in the words of John Jay, they worsen what would be horrid relativism by herself, with a yet more foul favouring of the vilest of offenders [with childish illogic thrown in for good measure].

From the belly of the beast:
Q: Don't murderers deserve to die?
No one deserves to die. When the government metes out vengeance disguised as
justice, it becomes complicit with killers in devaluing human life and human dignity. In civilized society, we reject the principle of literally doing to criminals what they
do to their victims: The penalty for rape cannot be rape, or for arson, the burning down of the arsonist's house. We should not, therefore, punish the murderer
with death.


"[I]s there something these people won't say?"

Your Honor/Ladies and Gentleman of the jury, my client is guilty as charged and has no excuse for his conduct.


Got me there!

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