Wrong is wrong in any year

Published 12:13 am Monday, January 14, 2008

By Staff
Of course one of the main topics of discussion at the places I frequent this week has been about a man in Mobile County throwing four children from the Dauphin Island Bridge.
Sickness. That's what it is - pure sickness. And wouldn't your granny turn over in her grave if she could see the going's on today?
What makes the story even worse is that on Friday came reports he had recanted his story and says he gave the children to two women he did not know. Reports said he claimed he was “pressured” into saying he threw the children from the bridge.
Now, that I don't get. I simply cannot imagine anyone putting enough pressure on me to say that I had killed not one, but four, children just because they said so. I might claim that I had broken a window to save my son's backside. I might also claim that I made an error in judgment that caused the scratch on my car to keep my husband from getting upset. By in my wildest imagination I could never, ever admit to killing a child (or adult) if I didn't do it.
I can't believe anyone would be so stupid as to think that killing four children wouldn't be worse than giving them away.
Looking back into some recent events, I'll bet anyone would tell you it would have been much better if the woman who drove her kids into the lake and killed them had just taken them to somebody's house and dropped them off.
Yep, I think giving a child up for any reason or any purpose is much better than killing them.
I spoke to a former pastor of mine just last week before any of the Luong situation occurred. Our conversation was very sobering and very distressful.
This world is headed for disaster, according to the preacher. I wholeheartedly agreed with him. We are headed for disaster and most of the disasters we will face in the near and distant future will be of our own doing.
I can remember in my teenage years that I would never even dream of doing what some teenagers are doing these days. Yes, I know that was more than 20 years ago, but believe me morals are still morals and I don't care what the year is. Whether is 1970 or 2008, you can bet lying, cheating, stealing, killing, drugs, rape, and so many other things are wrong, period.
I hope that Mr. Luong is telling the truth this time. Maybe those four children are watching cartoons somewhere right now and laughing. I realize that selling children, which may or may not be the case in this situation, is wrong. But wouldn't it be better that they were sold to someone who wanted children than to be killed by someone who didn't?
Lord, I hope he's telling the truth now. God help those children - either way.
Lisa Tindell is the news editor for The Brewton Standard. She can be reached by email at lisa.tindell@brewtonstandard.com.

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