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Judge: No Jail for Newborn’s Killer Because Abortion is Accepted
The New American ^ | 08 October 2012 | Selwyn Duke

Posted on 10/08/2012 12:19:55 PM PDT by Paladins Prayer

When the great philosopher G.K. Chesterton said, “Let all the babies be born. Then let us drown those we do not like,” he wasn’t advocating infanticide but was just making a point. Unfortunately, though, we’re getting closer to a time when people would take his words literally. An example of this is a judge’s decision in Canada that a woman who strangled her newborn baby shouldn’t be incarcerated because Canadians’ failure to criminalize abortion indicates that they “sympathize” with the mother.

...So Justice Veit’s decision seems to make no sense whatsoever; that is, unless you look beyond the facts of the case and into the philosophy of the times.

First, Justice Veit exhibits something common to leftist judges: reference to a mythical majority consensus to justify the imposition of her own values. In other words, she claims that “Canadians” “generally understand, accept and sympathize” with such mothers, but did she conduct a poll? In point of fact, Effert had been convicted of second-degree murder by two juries, which, while not a scientific sample, are certainly a better barometer of public attitude than a judge’s fancy. Justice Veit’s claim smacks of when judges rule contrary to the people’s will in rubber-stamping faux marriage and then claim they’re interpreting a constitution to “suit the times.”

Veit’s decision also reflects the modernistic mistake of elevating emotion over reason. While she should be governed by transcendent principles such as justice, she instead talks about feelings: how people “sympathize” and “grieve” for the mother. But should emotion-based consensus opinion carry the day? Would we visit medieval torture upon a criminal if that was what the public wanted? This would be entirely democratic, but the very reason modern governments craft constitutions is to ensure that we won’t be subject to the caprice of the masses....

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: abortion; baby; canada; infanticide; judge; moralabsolutes
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To: MrB; DrewsMum; jcsjcm
I'm with you. The judge was just being consistent with the law and the prevailing societal attitude that created it. Now let all those who support abortion face the reality of their POV. They have deemed it OK to kill human beings that might cause them emotional discomfort, economic struggle or lifestyle inconvenience.

Well, others of us have our own lists of humans that get on our nerves. It's time for our rights to be recognized too! /s

21 posted on 10/08/2012 2:52:40 PM PDT by TigersEye ( - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: BenLurkin

Maybe someone should perform a late-in-life, post-partum abortion on the judge.

22 posted on 10/08/2012 5:46:39 PM PDT by Arm_Bears (Re-distribute my work ethic, not my wealth.)
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To: Paladins Prayer
I feel sad that poor child did not receive justice. This piece really hit the nail on the head.

I am quoting this because it's so important:

But we should expect nothing but the subordination of transcendent principles to emotion when people don’t believe in transcendent principles. And many today don’t because relativism has swept the West.

If people believe in Absolute Truth — as Christendom did until relatively recently, when it just became a “dom” — they will refer to it when making moral decisions. But when they cannot say, “Here are these principles that exist apart from man, and transcend him, and thus we must govern our lives with them,” what is left to refer to? What will be the yardstick if there is nothing above man?

Man himself.

To be precise, man’s emotion.

Some will now object and say that reason should be preeminent, but this reflects a misunderstanding of reason. Reason is not an answer — it is a method by which we find answers. This presupposes that there are answers to be found. But if there is no Truth, there can be no answers to moral questions, and then there is no reason for reason. And then we are left with nothing but “If it feels good, do it.” Is it any wonder this has become a mantra of the modern age?

When this is your mindset, of paramount importance will be your feelings — and those of others — that is, if you feel they should be considered. This is why politically incorrect feelings are given short shrift today; it is why moderns selectively use “offensiveness” as a guide for hate-speech codes and laws, ignoring umbrage taken by “non-victim” groups. And it is why Justice Veit — “Justice,” what a noble title for someone wholly unacquainted with the principle — felt that feeling sorry for a murderer and reference to others’ alleged feelings legitimized slap-on-the-wrist injustice.

23 posted on 10/08/2012 7:44:41 PM PDT by Pinkbell
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24 posted on 10/09/2012 7:51:03 AM PDT by wintertime (:-))
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