Crime

preborn babyA pre-born infant may not be a legal person under current law, but some New Hampshire legislators want pre-borns who are killed by someone other than their mothers and their mothers' physicians classified as homicide victims. A bill in the New Hampshire House would allow criminal prosecution of persons whose actions result in the death of an "unborn child." It would make the death of the unborn an additional crime in cases where a pregnant woman is assaulted, for example, or is hit by a drunk driver. The bill exempts actions taken by the pregnant woman or her physician, however, so abortions would not be affected. Still, testimony at a public hearing in Concord on February 17 showed the usual division on the abortion issue, with abortion opponents supporting the measure and "pro-choice" advocates fearful of the implications of a bill that describes an "unborn child" as someone between conception and birth.

TSAThe Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) has once again found itself embroiled in controversy, as two of its agents were discovered stealing $39,000 from passengers’ checked luggage, and were charged Wednesday. A law enforcement source reports that TSA agents Couman Perad and Davon Webb both admitted to looting a total of up to $160,000 from a variety of passengers in a period of several months at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, and that the two agents committed the theft of $39,000 on January 30, the same day the investigation into their theft began. According to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, as reported in the New York Post:

Ingmar Guandique, the Salvadoran illegal alien who murdered federal intern Chandra Levy in May of 2001, was sentenced to 60 years in prison last week.

Serious belief in God precludes an embrace of cruelty. If creation is “blessed,” then its creatures, in some way or another, are too. This of course does not mean that using antibiotics to murder tens of billions of microbes is wrong. One cannot be cruel to organisms with no awareness or sensation of pain. Moreover, life, above a very primitive level, either subsists on life or it starves. Even vegans must "kill" plants to survive, as a delightfully iconoclastic musical group in Canada, "The Arrogant Worms," reprised in their song, “Carrot Juice Constitutes Murder.”

When a police SWAT team and an FBI anti-terrorism squad arrive in force at a local church, people might understandably be alarmed. They might reasonably suspect it is in response to some imminent and mortal danger — a bomb threat, perhaps, or an international terrorist with an automatic weapon, holding a prayer meeting hostage.

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