This is a very disturbing story, but I post it as a testimony to the people we’re becoming.
Last month, the New York Times published a detailed report on an alleged gang rape in the small Ohio football town of Steubenville. But that isn’t the really troubling part. The really troubling part about this story is that the town rallied around the accused — NOT THE VICTIM! Rather than take the young girl seriously, the town defended the boys she accused of this heinous crime. Then a video was leaked that allegedly shows parts of the crime as it happened.
Here’s the story:
This story bothers me on so many levels, all of which are connected to the people we’re becoming. I am reminded of an incident from WW II. Did you know that, when they were hanging Mussolini and his mistress, Clara Petacci, after they had executed them, the crowed still had the decency to put a rope around her skirt to hold it in place as she hung upside down.
WARNING! Graphic video (note the rope holding her skirt in place as they hang her up near the end of the video clip):
Now, I am not excusing the brutality of what the crowd was doing, nor do I presume to be able to judge their actions as I have not had to live through an experience anywhere near what Mussolini put his people through. The only reason I mention it is that, even after what these people had been through, they still retained enough of their humanity to preserve the dead woman’s modesty. That was done not only out of a minimal sense of respect for the dead, but for society as well. Today, when I read stories such as the one I linked to in this post, I wonder how much of our humanity is left?
20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!