Any reader current in the events of the world is sickened by the infinite capacity, observed daily, of human species to inflict the most savage cruelty on other humans. Several choice quotes relating to this despicable capacity come to mind, all of which are in my book, The Good, The Bad & The Difference: How to Talk with Children About Values. To order: http://tinyurl.com/bo86bha (please forgive the self promotion).
“Evil is never done so thoroughly or so well as when it is done with a good conscience.” Blaise Pascal, French Philosopher
“There is a degree of depravity in mankind which requires a certain degree of circumspection and distrust.” –James Madison
The greatest evil is from decent people that believe a lie and, seeing themselves as victims, are thus are motivated to do evil. Dennis Prager (I think)
The Boston slaughter happened yesterday. No doubt many Americans will wail about the root cause of those that committed the bombings, with an implicit propensity to forgive the murderers.
Dozens of high school ‘friends’ and classmates remained silent and unsupportive as teenage girls such as Amanda Todd were slandered, bullied and besmirched on social media spreading lewd photos and vile stories; ending in suicides. Where are the friends? Where are the parents? What kind of people is our culture producing?
Then I turn my attention to Kermit Gosnell, an abortion doctor in the school of Nazi sadist doctor Joseph Mengele. I just read this post in Powerline. As always, the post is comprehensive and brilliantly crafted. I share it in its entirety, with all its links. I urge readers to study these posts. Among the many disturbing qualities of this villainous event, many people are defending the doctor; defending the doctor out of concern that any crack in the pro-abortion wall will jeopardize the pro-abortion legal and cultural framework. Yet, these same defenders of this murdered believe almost in total unanimity, I bet, in opposing the death penalty and also believe in severely restricting or totally eliminating the rights of citizens to have guns, which policy or policies will lead to more death and injuries.
Posted: 16 Apr 2013 03:55 AM PDT
Like pretty much everyone who writes opinion columns, I hope that people will read what I write and look at things differently as a result. It happens, sometimes. But very few have the impact of Kirsten Powers’ column on the murder trial of Pennsylvania abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell that ran in these pages last week.
Before Powers’ column, the case wasn’t on the national radar. Oh, it was getting attention from pro-life writers, conservative media critics, and law bloggers, but in terms of national media, the story didn’t exist. It wasn’t on the national radar until Powers’ column opened with this: “Infant beheadings. Severed baby feet in jars. A child screaming after it was delivered alive during an abortion procedure. Haven’t heard about these sickening accusations? It’s not your fault. Since Gosnell’s trial began March 18, there has been precious little coverage of the case that should be on every news show and front page.”
Glenn’s column is characteristically perceptive and full of links in its online version. As with everything he writes, from one sentence squibs at InstaPundit to columns to law review articles and books, the whole thing is worth reading.
Glenn notes in passing the argument advanced by some in defense of the silence of the mainstream media: “In response some are noting that conservative media outlets like the Weekly Standard weren’t exactly providing page-one coverage, and there’s some truth to that.” This may be true in some sense, but I don’t think it is fair with respect to conservative flagships such as the Standard and National Review.
I first became aware of the Gosnell case through Joseph Bottum’s February 2011 Weekly Standard article “To live and die in Philadelphia” and Clarke Forsythe’s January 2011 Weekly Standard online column “The Supreme Court’s back alley runs through Philadelphia.” The Standard’s archive on Gosnell can be accessed in its entirety here. I believe that, like the Standard’s, National Review’s coverage of the case goes back at least to January 2011, in an editorial devoted to the case (“Ho-hum horror”), quoted here.