Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Defending Their Rights To Pollute

Abercrombie & Fitch continue to stretch the limits of their rights verses the rights of communities to maintain some level of decency for their citizens. The latest flap is over posters confiscated by police because they violated the city's laws. You can read more about it here http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,328227,00.html.

The posters show one young man with his pants half way down his buttocks and a woman with most of her breast showing. Abercrombie defends their right to display the posters, but what are really saying? They are saying that they have the right to pollute our society with their filth. Young children see these images and others in the public space and at home and are affected by it. That is why we have children performing sex in elementary schools. The only people who can't smell the sewage treatment plant are the people who live near it. We are numb to the harmful effects of it and like a person slowly freezing to death we don't feel it. We should rally against this like we would rally against some company that wanted the right to pollute our environment.

Combat Shopping

It used to be that the term "combat shopping" meant a bunch of people rushing into a store for the best sale of the season to get the best deals. Six women, just minding their own business in a store near Chicago faced one of our greatest fears. An animal, that is the only way you can describe someone who kills in cold blood, entered the store and killed five of the six people in that store. You can read more about the tragedy at http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,328388,00.html.

The frequency of these massacres is growing, yet no one attributes it to our society and its emphasis on greed, selfishness, dehumanizing behavior, and a lack of conscience. This is what social engineering in the Twentieth Century has wrought. I think most know what would turn this around and make us a better society. However, no one wants to return to God and have a real relationship with Him, so regrettably I don't see an improvement in society's behavior. Evolution teaches us that we are just a bunch of animals with more intelligence (that's debatable) than the other creatures roaming the Earth. Even though our constitution states that everyone has the right to life, we still deny that right to millions of children every year.

If we want a better society, if we want individual responsibility and if we want to live in harmony, then there is only one way to achieve that goal. Otherwise, our cemeteries as well as our prisons will fill-up at an increasing rate over time.