Andrea and I briefly discussed the story in a google chat. Andrea told me not to read the linked news story. And I haven’t. If I have time and the heart to do so, I’ll write on this subject sometime. As much as our society pressures us to compartmentalize our selves, I do not for a moment regret that I cannot help but feel an indescribeable amount of sorrow, not only for this young man, but also for the thousands upon thousands of children who are treated in a similar manner.
But one thing that I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t understand is the insistence of some Christian sects on using the older bits of the Bible Ã¢â‚¬â€ translated from a far more distant time and culture Ã¢â‚¬â€œ as t.h.e. guidelines. Those people were neolithic nomads. At least Jesus was a person who lived an urban life. Why not focus on the newer parts with the message of love and acceptance, Ã¢â‚¬â„¢sufferingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ children to come unto me, doing good to the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœleast of my brothers?Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ How much more Ã¢â‚¬ËœleastÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ can we get than small children. (But that leads to a different can of worms. Why beat children youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve insisted have a right to be born?)
Good question: Why?