Thursday, July 29, 2010

What's At Stake

                                          Picture by Jodi Bieber/ INSTITUTE for Time Magazine

The picture is brutal.  It's stark depiction of the violence condoned by Sharia law is disturbing.  It is the disfigured face of a young woman named Aisha, an 18 year old who committed the  "crime"  of running away from her husband's house.  She had been beaten frequently by her in-laws and felt that her life was endangered.  According to the Time magazine story, the local Taliban judge had no desire to hear her side of the matter.  Instead, he determined that her punishments would be to have her brother-in-law hold her down while her husband cut off first her ears and then her nose.  This savage act didn't take place in some backward society many years ago, it took place in Afghanistan last year.

Sometimes it's easy to forget the great blessings we have been given in living in a free and democratic country.  These blessings were freely bestowed on us without any merit on our part.  Our laws were based on Judeo-Christian principles, the foundation of which is the dignity of each human being as a creation of the Almighty.  But the selfishness of sin has made us less and less willing to share our bounty.  We've been lured into excluding those who might reduce our piece of the pie or who might require extra effort.  These include the weak, the unborn, the infirm, the elderly, the disabled. 

And  who decides which group should not receive the protection of our laws?  It's the strong and powerful excluding the weak and vulnerable.  With every barrier we remove from around the law, we clear the way for the next powerful person or group to deny our own rights.  Women have deceived themselves into thinking that they were given "freedom" when they were permitted to terminate the lives of their unborn children.   That "freedom" can now be passed on to the next  strong man.  In our mad rush to remove God's imprint from our laws and our lives, we've begun to cut the floor out from under ourselves.  It won't take much to push us through.

Take another look at the cover of Time magazine.  It happens.  Not centuries ago, but today.  When one group is treated as more human than another.  When one group is given more rights than another.

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