"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

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Mankind: the Enemy?

From the hell is other people front:

Assume it's true, as some argue, that dropping crime rates in the late 90's can be explained by the in utero killing of the next generation of potential criminals beginning in the 70's.

Playing his own consequentialist moral game for a moment, when will the same author (Steven D. Levitt), who is an economist and statistician, balance the ledger by informing us of the lost social benefits of this same eliminated group? The lost tax revenue their work would have generated? The lost contribution they collectively would have made to the social security program, which is hurtling towards insolvency because soon many more will take out than put in? The lost creative, inventive, economic, and artistic contributions that cannot be precisely quantified?

In short, where's the full picture that balances the speculative and inexact "benefit" of pre-emptive capital punishment of the "criminal classes" (long a goal of population control advocates) with the enormous, quantifiable loss to society from the destruction of our most valuable resource, our people?

Apparently some in Washington are buying into this theme of humanity as the enemy: Nancy Pelosi on ABC advocating funding of contraceptives as economic stimulus because if babies are born, they might consume government resources.

And to think of the hand-wringing over capital punishment by some (lives claimed--of the guilty after fair trial and numerous appeals--: 1,136 since restoration of the death penalty in 1976) when abortion has claimed 49,551,703 innocent American lives without trial, without representation, without appeal.

Talk about straining at gnats.

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