Rather than be offended, I will endeavor to defend. I said too much and yet not enough. This rant swell as I revisited in growing frustration the circumstances of the indefensible drowning of five helpless children by their own mother, a self described "bad mother" removing her "bad work" from the world.
Now that this infanticide has reached the public forum of a trial, what I felt was inexplicable is attempting to be explained and the culprit is religion.
A fire breathing mobile minister and his wife, the Woronieckis assisted Andrea Yate's husband, Rusty, in breaking down this troubled woman of all self worth and worse, sought to control her by bludgeoning bible verses of subservience to man and the inheirent "Eve-el" of woman.
Ignored were suicide attempts and hospital stays cut short by insurance companies.
This led to the realization that Ms. Yates recognized the death state of Texas as her executioner, a sort of "suicide by S.W.A.T." so often employed by disturbed individuals.
This thread needed only a slight tug to lead me to our president, the current sword of god, who enjoys unprecedented popularity in our crusade like vengeance against Islam whose attack on us was motivated in the fevered fervor of religio/tribalistic hate.
The human toranado circling the rock and stoning the devil who more often than not these days is personified by us, we Christians, who in turn refer to our tribal enemies as the "axis of evil".
All this escalating swirl of doom led on our side by a man who as governor presided over the executions of 153 individuals, one of whom, a born again Christian, Karla Faye Tucker, he mimicked in a falsetto voice "Please, don't kill me".
It's easy to widen the lense to a global picture of;
Northern Ireland where small schoolchildren are threatened and spat upon for the sin of passing through Protestant neighborhoods (christians?,
To India where trains are stopped and people of diverse beliefs immolated,
To Africa, where tribalism replaces apartheid and people of the same color slaughter each other in the millions,
Bosnia, the Phillipines,this astan against that atsan, Israel since before memory.
We've learned nothing from a past where, even seemingly disassociated pockets of humans offered fresh hearts in sacrifice, sought the strength of an enemies spirit through cannibalism and scapegoats to blame collective bad luck on and so murder.
Our early settler's missionaries were nothing more than scouts for slaughter. Nazis, a cult which sought to annihilate the Jews.
In researching the origins of religion I find we are pathetic and fear filled creatures who not only know not where we're going but incredibly, not even where we've been.
Andrea Yates is guilty. She should be put out of harm's way (ours and hers) for the rest of her natural life.
Death penalty? If so strip George W. Bush naked and have him cast the first stone.
"Happy people have no history" - French Proverb