Wednesday, January 18, 2006

"Beyond the Touch of Evil"?

What gets me about this story, aside from the obvious horribleness of it, is this quote:

"In Nixzmary's case, there had been warning signs, but ACS officials said the family was uncooperative."

Huh! You don't say--investigating a crime, and the suspects are not feeling too forthcoming? Well, then heck--why even try to continue the investigation? I guess I would have thrown in the towel, too. After all, the only way we can investigate crimes is when the suspects cooperate.


argotnaut said...

They've changed the article since I first read it -- the "beyond the touch of evil" business as well as "in a better place" stuff is gone.

This is one of the things that drives me stark raving crackers about religion. If she's been sent to a beautiful gumdrop fairyland, then _everyone_ should torture and beat children to send them there! They'd be doing them a favor, right?

liz said...

That's weird--they did change it.

Maybe too many people wrote them and said just what you did.

Andrew said...

Chef on South Park expressed the relationship between religion and suffering more sensibly:
Stan: Why would God let Kenny die, Chef? Kenny's my friend!
Chef: Stan, sometimes God takes those closest to us because it makes him feel better about Himself. He's a very vengeful God, Stan, and he's all pissed off about something we did thousands of years ago. He just can't get over it! So it doesn't matter who he takes, children, puppies, it don't matter to him, so long as it makes us sad.
Stan: Then why does God give us anything to start with?
Chef: Well, look at it this way: if you want to make a baby cry, first, you give it a lollipop. Then, you take it away. If you never give it a lollipop to begin with, it won't have anything to cry about! That's like God. He gives us life and love and health just so he can tear it all away and make us cry... You see, it's our tears, Stan, that give God his great power!
Stan: I...think I understand.