Monday, August 07, 2006

Shame on You!

Although this article is against such punishment, I was pleased to see that at least some judges have abandoned the idea of being activists and have instead taken on their proper role of punishing those that commit crimes. And not just your normal, run of the mill punishments either, but those that include shame -- a necessary ingredient to any punishment that is meant to reform wrongdoers and sinners into good, God-fearing people. Unfortunately, even these great judges seem to have forgotten to include the other thing necessary to teach the evil a lesson: pain. For it is pain that truly puts the fear of God into those tempted to sin, and it was pain and suffering that founded this country. Yes, Christopher Columbus was truly a great man, discovering America, beginning the slow but unstoppable progress of manifest destiny, and cutting off the noses and ears of thieves. It was he that first brought the favor of God to this land, ridding it of heathen worship with disease, crushing sin with pain and suffering. It was because Europe, even by then, was so terrified of doing right by the Lord that he was eventually forced back to the Continent, stripped of all his titles; but it was he who had the last laugh, as now Europe is no longer taken seriously by the rest of the world and ignored by America. We Americans should heed this lesson of Europe. We too have begun to ignore the cries of God to punish those that sin against Him. And as a result, we are beginning to lose our influence on the world. Just look at the mess in the Middle East, just look at China's rise. But it is not too late. The judges who've taken it upon themselves to shame the crime-ful into submission are a start. But the cutting off of ears and noses, the public whippings and stonings, need to be re-instituted as well. Even our children need to be brought along the path of righteousness with such examples of shame, pain, and humiliation. Toddlers that cry too much need to be tied up (under strict supervision of course); kids that disobey need to be sent to the whipping room for lashes. Of course all of this needs to be tempered with the Love of God, which is why mandatory Bible readings should be a part of our every day lives, given to us in schools, on the street, during work.


Blogger Marionette said...

The bible on violence:

“Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.”

“Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: / And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: / They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; / (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.”

10:18 AM  
Blogger Nathaniel said...

marionette -- thank you so much for posting that. i'm often accused of being cruel and distorting the Bible, but obviously neither is true.

11:06 AM  
Blogger Led Head said...

“Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.”

I wonder what the writer meant by the phrase "covereth the mouth."

Did he mean that violence closed the mouth of the wicked? Or, did he mean that violence spews out of the mouth of the wicked, like lava from the mouth of a volcano?

In the first instance, the mouth would be covered, and presumably the person in question would be unable to talk. In the second instance, which is a figure of speech, the mouth would be rather messy, but the person would still be able to talk.

And so it is with Nathaniel.

12:03 AM  

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