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October 9, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 5
WEEP FOR THE CHILDREN OF ALEPPO
This Week’s Theme Music: Bless The Beasts And The Children ~ The Carpenters
Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Fasten your seatbelts. My column this week is not going to be a fun ride. It could not possibly be after reading this.
What I find toxically ironic is that every major religion in the world, including the several involved in Syria, places the welfare of children among the most Divine of concerns.
Where is this child’s voice when policy is debated, airstrikes planned, bomb runs made and damage assessed? Where is this child’s voice when diplomats accuse one another of things both do and hope they do not get caught at? Where is this child’s voice when men and women who were once children themselves butcher babies in the name of a god they shame by their bestiality and a jihad that has not been declared?
If we cannot protect the most vulnerable among us but instead choose to make war on them, by what right do any of us deserve to survive?
Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.
This Week’s Theme Music: Bless The Beasts And The Children ~ The Carpenters
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WITCH HUNTING IN POLAND
“Compassion is the chief and perhaps the only law of being for all mankind”. F. Dostoevsky
This past Monday, thousands of Polish people ~ mostly women wearing black ~ went on strike. They were opposing legislation written by a largely male government but in response to a citizen’s initiative petition which drew 400,000 signatures in this nation of 38-million and which is supported by the Polish Catholic Church.
Poland already has one of Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws and but now there is a strong movement behind the implementation of five years imprisonment for any abortion attempt, even if pregnancy endangers the mother’s life or was a result of violence
How cruel is this for womankind, to punish a person even more? Not even saying about usual cases of single mothers when fathers just slip away and all responsibilities falls on fragile shoulders. Surely neither male deputies nor those who signed the petition didn’t spend more than a moment on that decision. And support by the Church again doesn’t mean much if one recalls the Inquisition and the rampant Vatican-sanctioned witch hunting of the Middle Ages.
And if we are going to cite the Bible for precedent, perhaps we should remember this quote from John 8:7. “Let the innocent one among you be the first to throw the stone”.
I’m sure that demographics plays a large role in this opposition to abortion but a tradition of religious, moral, political and cultural conservatism notwithstanding, again, often when governments try to step into the private lives of those they govern, it backfires heavily.
Consider, for example, China, where there is an asymmetry in young population. Beijing restricted couples to just one child and looked the other way when female fetuses were aborted in favor of bearing male children. Even if daughters were born, they were undervalued and now there is a new generation of Chinese women who ~ as accidents of birth ~ have very little self-esteem or much support for it.
There is only one way to change this demographic situation for the better and that is by education. On public transportation in Ukraine, for instance, you find advertisements of free psychological help for pregnant women in difficult circumstances.
What matters most, however, is social support guarantees. I was raised in the Soviet Union and remember very clearly when Moscow abandoned Communism in favor of becoming a socialized state which truly did look after the well-being of citizens. Part of that change involved decriminalizing abortion and re-defining its role in creating a compassionate, stable and viable population where both genders are valued.
This approach also helped Ukraine at the dawn of this new century, when Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko budgeted money help to mothers and young babies. Suddenly from demographic crises of 1990s, the nurseries of Ukraine that had been closed previously were opened again for a new generation of “baby boomers”.
A few times, I have been asked for advice by girlfriends in trouble, who didn’t know what to do. I have never been categorical with them, but just tried to be delicate and share my experience. Recently, several have given birth to wonderful children and never regretted it, despite all the obstacles.
That’s it for this week. Be safe, my cousin.
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