The documentary Children of Shame exposes atrocities committed at a home for unwed mothers in Tuam, Ireland. The home was founded in 1925 and closed in 1961.
At the time, religion was an important part of the Irish culture. Purity was viewed as an essential trait and failure to live up to that standard brought extreme shame, so unwed mothers were sent to special homes.
The unwed mothers were forced to live and work in these homes against their will. They were treated as criminals, even though fornication was not considered a legal crime.
The babies could be put up for adoption by the home, regardless of the mother’s desire to keep her child. Children remaining in the home were treated poorly. They were malnourished, abused, and did not receive appropriate medical care. This resulted in a mortality rate for babies born out of wedlock that was six times higher than the norm.
Legislating morality has been a hot topic in the United States. For example: should gay marriage be legalized and should birth control be easily available to all women.
However, stories like this one remind me of the dangers of strictly legalizing morality. The appearance of purity can become more important than people. The end result is evil acts are committed to hide immorality.
Wayde Zane Slocumb was a counselor at Alabama Psychological Services, until he was arrested for possessing and distributing child pornography.
I was reading about this case on WHNT.com, which got me thinking about similar arrest that have accorded in this area.
A police officer in Huntsville was arrested a few months ago on sexual assault charges. A youth minister at a Baptist church was arrested for similar charges. Also, several teachers have been arrested for having sexual relationships with their students in the last couple of years.
These are just the stories of the people that got caught. There are many other predators out there that go undetected.
I wonder can you ever really know somebody? I also wonder who can you trust or should you just never trust anybody?
The world is full of wolves in sheep’s clothing and unfortunately they blend very well in our society.
Erich Maria Remarque did an excellent job of capturing the horrors of war in, All Quiet on the Western Front. The language used by the author is descriptive and graphic.
The author also portrayed how Post Traumatic Stress (known as shell shock at the time) effected the main character. While on leave, he was unable to connect with his family, exhibited signs of depersonalization, was depressed, and dealt with feelings of rage.
Reading the book was an eye-opening experience and I would recommend it.
Each of our dogs received a stuffed Santa for Christmas this year.
I took Mom and Gwen to the Christmas tree exhibit in downtown Huntsville, Alabama. We had a great time wondering around the park and admiring the uniqueness of the individual trees.