Monday, February 21, 2011

Go On - Be Unreasonable (It's Now The Only Reasonable Thing A Normal Person Can Do)

The Volokh Conspiracy (a name we love) has a blog post about the Maj. Nidal Hasan killings, which features a quote Glenn Reynolds highlighted:
You don’t rise in the armed forces if you can’t read your superiors. And the rising officers who met Hasan knew what their superiors wanted without having to be told. Islam was a religion of peace, and Muslims in the Army were a welcome sign of diversity. Treating Hasan as a dangerous Islamist would put those messages at risk.
So the politically correct message was more important than the life-and-death truth. That sounds familiar to anyone schooled in NewAge.

NewAgers are always screaming they're on a search for truth while utilizing lies to convince themselves and others. But, in the face of the conservative onslaught, that tactic seems to finally be failing and, with political correctness waning along with it, reality is being enforced again:
Oregon lawmakers will take the first step today toward ending legal protections for parents who rely solely on faith to treat their dying children.

The bill targets the Followers of Christ, an Oregon City church with a long history of children dying from treatable medical conditions. A previous crackdown restricted but did not eliminate religious immunity from state criminal statutes.

Rep. Carolyn Tomei, D-Milwaukie, said deaths of three Followers children in recent years – all without medical intervention – prompted her to introduce the bill. "Such gross and unnecessary neglect cannot be allowed, even if the parents are well-meaning," Tomei said.

The legislation appears primed for approval. It has wide support both political parties, prosecutors, medical providers and child-protection groups, and there is no organized opposition.

"I don't think there'll be anyone coming to testify against it," Tomei said.

House Bill 2721 would remove spiritual treatment as a defense for all homicide charges. Moreover, if found guilty, parents would be subject to mandatory sentencing under Oregon's Measure 11.

Legislators and prosecutors hope the threat of long prison sentences will cause church members to reconsider their tradition of rejecting medical treatment in favor of faith healing.

"This will level the playing field so all parents will be operating under the same rules," said Clackamas County District Attorney John Foote. "It's going to make it easier to hold parents accountable who don't protect their children."
It may seem wild that Oregon has to pass a law to stop parents from killing their kids, but that's the nature of belief:

There's no reasoning with it.

Along with trying to sort out what's wrong with political correctness, the ability to reason is part of the problem for anyone trying to comprehend NewAge crimes, especially when working within a politically correct culture or framework. Listen to this take on the problems Phoenix prosecutors face in the James Arthur Ray "sweatlodge" murder trial:
“They will have to prove that what happened is something so far removed from what a reasonable person doing that type of activity would do,” said Phoenix criminal defense attorney Michael Black.
If you ask us, that shouldn't be too hard in this new conservative climate:

Abandon politically correct thinking and it's obvious no reasonable person would've even been there.

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