August 09, 2006

In recent days in the wonderful land of Canada, serial pedophile Peter Whitmore waltzed off with two young boys from Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Whitmore was found near Kipling, SK and is charged with abduction and sexual assault causing bodily harm to both children and forcible confinement of the 10-year-old.

I didn't know any of this happened until I came back from camp and the law already had Whitmore in custody. But I was disgusted to read the list of Whitmore's past offences. He has been jailed at least three times for being a sexual predator of minors, but each time, after he gets out of jail, he goes and does it again. Once he served a 56-month jail term...only to go out and practice his sins again. Each time, he comes out and destroys another little child's life.

Months ago someone pointed out to me that in the Bible God did not teach people to have a prison for people who did misdeeds. In prison criminals can chat it up. They pool their evil ideas. They can come out, like Whitmore, not repentant at all. Still bent on sexual perversion. The person who was talking to be about what God instructed in the Bible said that in Scripture we see either death to the offender or restitution being made, but never a jail term. I have not studied that topic in the Bible, so for now I am taking his word for it.

The Calgary Sun from Aug 4 said that Whitmore's lawyer was asking that Whitmore not be declared a dangerous offender. Are the courts blind? Are the judges' ears stopped? Whitmore is a dangerous offender. He will attack another child if he is freed again. Today his lawyer is requesting that Whitmore be treated for this sickness called pedophilia by being put in a psych ward.

Here's another idea for Brodsky, the lawyer. Capital punishment would be an effective deterrent. If these men knew they were going to be killed if they ever got caught abusing children, maybe they'd think a little more before they sinned. And they wouldn't get to teach others their sickening tricks, or get to hurt any more children.

Where is one's hope in this life, if they do not know that there really is One just Judge, who will one day rule in righteousness?

August 06, 2006

The State of the Sexes

Ever since I got into a Bible study on gender this past year I have been alert to articles, specifically secular ones, that address that area. They abound.

Today I read an article in a homemaker magazine that explained men (finally!). The evolutionary psychologists, etc. that the writer quoted helped her to discover that men's tendancies stem from thousands of years ago, from before or from since "got down from the trees". For example, men are attracted to curvaceous women because thousands of years ago they realized that those were the women that were more likely to be fruitful and multiply. Men have a hard time sticking to one partner (I am quoting the article) because years ago they were trying to preserve their family lines. Menget thishave a harder time distinguishing between colours because really they just used to run around hunting animals. Women, who worked with various types of berries, etc. developed better colour recognition over many, many years.

How sad that a nice little homemakers' magazine publishes this article as fact when it is speculation. They didn't even say "Those who believe in an evolutionary viewpoint will agree that...". It is stated as if that is the only paradigm through which the world can be viewed. As the Scripture says, we want to think that things always continue as they have been...no flood, no future judgement...no Divine intervention.

The Bible has a lot to say on gender issues, but it doesn't say that we got where we are through millions of years of evolving. So much could be said on this issue, but suffice it at the moment to say that the state of the sexes does involve trees, but not in the way that the writer of that article mentioned. We (in Adam) got down something we shouldn't have from a tree. Then One (the second Adam) got up on a tree to reverse the wrong so that we can eat again from the tree that God wanted us to eat from—that tree of life. If we would only admit that we were created by a personal God, that we sinned and need saving, that would be a gigantic step to understanding ourselves. Does it seem insulting to admit that you are sinner? Well, is it not insulting to say you came from a zoo animal?

No, I know, it runs far deeper than merely being insulting.