"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Monday, March 05, 2007


"God gives us free will and it's up to us what we do with it. Any adult has to make decisions and live with them - good, bad or indifferent."

That's the father of one of the so-called "Barbie Bandits," two young women who held up an Atlanta bank on February 27. The case gained notereity because of the unusual circumstance of two young, attractive females robbing a bank while laughing.

On the other side of the spectrum from the one girl's dad was the other girl's mother, who assured us that the girls are really good but just fell in with the wrong crowd: "I want (people) to know that her and Heather both are not bandits," Joy Miller told ABC's "Good Morning America" Monday. "They're little girls that made a bad choice."

The dad expressed the common view of Western jurisprudence for the past, oh, 4,000 years: You are "really good" if you do good things, like going to school and earning an honest living. You are really "bad" if you do bad things like robbing banks. Your actions determine your character.

The mom, on the other hand, expressed the view of the Therapeutic Age, where no one is really responsible for their actions, and even when you do really bad things like rob banks you can still be a "really good" person.

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