With the current measles outbreak in our country, I started to wonder if the government should force parents to vaccinate their children for the safety of the child and the general public.
While it may sound radical, forcing medical treatments against the parent’s wishes is not without precedent.
In 2015, a Hartford, Connecticut, teenager was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. With treatment her chances of recovery would be 85%; however, without treatment the condition is 100% lethal within two years.
Her parents rejected conventional treatments, so the state stepped in and forced the child to receive chemotherapy. She survived and is now in remission (1).
Members of the Jehovah’s Witness church will refuse blood transfusions for religious reasons. However, the state has forced the parents to allow their children to receive transfusions in emergency situations.
What about the parent’s rights to raise their children as they wish? The courts have already made a determination on this issue.
- Courts throughout the western world recognize that parents have rights but additionally recognize that these rights are not absolute and exist only to promote the welfare of children. Prince v Massachusetts12 set out the reigning legal principle: Parents may be free to become martyrs themselves. But it does not follow that they are free, in identical circumstances, to make martyrs of their children (2).
What are your thoughts on this matter? Should parents be forced to have their children vaccinated?
Cleveland Mason Jr was arrested last week for stealing 26 bottles of body wash from Hometown Market in Decatur, Alabama. I wonder why.
- Maybe his New Year’s resolution was to stay clean.
- Maybe he has a body wash fetish.
- Maybe he always wanted to be called The Body Wash Bandit.
- Maybe he was planing a prank.
- Maybe he was going to use the body wash to clean evidence from another crime.
- Maybe he is a kleptomaniac.
Anyway, this crime leaves me scratching my head and wondering why.
Full Story: whnt.com/2017/12/30/decatur-man-charged-with-robbery-for-shoplifting-26-bottles-of-body-wash/
Unfortunately, Mom will not be coming home today. The doctor wants to monitor her oxygen levels and medications for another day.
The story of Elizabeth Thomas has been all over the news. The internet is full of people’s opinions about the case. Unfortunately, those opinions also include blaming the victim.
Adults with fully developed brains and a vast array of life experiences are passing judgment on Elizabeth. They believe she should have known what was about to happen and how to handle the situation.
However, Elizabeth is a 15 year old child. Her brain is not fully developed, so she doesn’t have the same ability as an adult to make logical decisions or understand the potential consequences of what is happening. Elizabeth also has a very limited amount of life experiences, which would prevent her from knowing how to deal with a sexual predator.
Tad Cummins is an adult and he knew Elizabeth was struggling with her home life. He also knew that would make Elizabeth an easy target. The early phases of their relationship involved classic grooming techniques used by sexual predators to ensure compliance from their victims.
It is not uncommon for children to return to a sexual predator that has groomed them and inserted themselves into the life of the child. There are a lot of reasons children fail to report sexual abuse.
One of those reasons is fear. They are afraid of being blamed for the abuse. They believe it is their fault. Unfortunately, that is what some children are seeing now. A child was victimized by an adult and some adults are placing blame on the child.
When I hear people blaming Elizabeth for what happened, it breaks my heart. I think of the pain she has endured. These adults are only going to make it harder for her to overcome the abuse and learn to live a normal life.
I also think of any children that may overhear these conversations or read online posts blaming Elizabeth. What if they are also being abused by someone in their life? Will these children believe they are to blame for their abuse? Will they endure years of abuse at the hands of a sexual predator, because the adults around them are blaming a victim?
This week, the Alabama senate voted to allow Briarwood Presbyterian Church, located in Birmingham, to have their own police force. The church has over 4,000 people in attendance each week and they run a private school. They said having their own police force would help to keep everyone safe.
I was flabbergasted when I first read the article. I admit they have a lot of people on their campus, but it still seems strange for a church to have its own police force.
I have been thinking about the pro’s and con’s of this decision. If there is an emergency on the church campus, they will have the ability to respond quickly and potentially save lives.
However, what if there is a crime? What if the crime is committed by a beloved member, volunteer, or leader? Will the police force be able to maintain objectivity and investigate the crime? Also, allowing people to police themselves often ends in disaster.
What do you think about this church having its own police force?
Robert Bentley, the former governor of Alabama, entered a guilty plea for several criminal charges on Monday. He also resigned as the governor to avoid the upcoming impeachment hearings. Bentley admitted to embezzling funds and illegally using state resources to cover up his affair.
During his political career, Bentley opposed gay marriage rights, the state lottery, and legalization of gambling. Bentley wanted to use legislation to promote his Christian moral values. Bentley wanted to be a moral crusader.
In actuality, Bentley was an immoral moral crusader.
Legislating morality is a popular political platform; however, it doesn’t fix any problems or address the real issues. Bentley knew what he was doing was illegal, but he wasn’t concerned. His problem wasn’t based on a lack of legal consequences. His problem was based on a lack of character.
We can legislate morality, but it isn’t going to create a moral society. We need to focus on personal character. We need to value character above a person’s financial status, fame, or appearance. If you don’t change hearts of people, changing laws will not be enough to fix our problems.
Natalie Haynes is the author of, “The Ancient Guide to Modern Life.” In the book, she talks about ancient philosophy, modern philosophy, their similarities, and how we can apply those ideas to our own lives.
In the section covering politics, Natalie Haynes said:
“Why stand outside something with a placard when you could be changing it from within? The Athenians should inspire us to become school governors, patient representatives, local councillors, and members of Parliament. They should persuade us to stop shrugging and sighing when we could instead be improving our lot.”
I am guilty of complaining about social problems and then doing nothing to improve the situation. How can I expect others to fix something, when I am not willing to do any of the work?
I know I can do better. I know I can help change things. It is time to stop sitting around and complaining about everything. It is time to get up and get to work.