Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Turning innocents into killers - The American Dream
Would you be happy to let me teach your young children how to be killers?
Would you like it if I handed
them a high powered rifle with a telescopic sight?
Would you like it if I showed
them how to use it, not to shoot some cardboard target, but living flesh and blood?
Would you be happy if I suggested this would be
the ideal way of taking the minds of terminally ill children off the affliction that had cast a deep shadow over their entire family?
Would you believe me if I was to tell you and
the children that the whole idea has God’s complete blessing?
Well I can’t answer for you, but I can give you my opinion and that is that
the concept is SICK, SICK, VERY, VERY SICK.
But it’s being actively promoted in that
of yours as something special; something exceptionally good. Isn’t yours United States of America the country that some people believe is the most civilized in the world?
So how come
there is not a public outcry every time this is even remotely suggested let alone shown on television on the ESPN channel.
You know what I’m talking about don’t you. It’s that Catch-A-Dream programme that grants outdoor wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.
With that introduction you must surely agree that most parents would immediately think that this was perfect for
their kids to watch or better still to actually take part in the videoed action.
We all want
them to be exposed to impact shots as soon as possible to make men out of little boys. And well your guess is as good as mine as to what psychological benefit it is for little girls. Perhaps it will make them more able to adjust to the pain of child birth or to be more comfortable in a mink coat when they grow up?
There was Dana Redman, a beauty who looked no more than about 15 and who showed no outward signs of her debilitating illness. She had cystic fibrosis we were told. This is a most unpleasant, hereditary disease that affects
the pancreas and o ther glands in the body.
She was in a tree-house, not
the normal one that some kids have in their back yard, but one specially designed to make killing as easy as possible. She said almost apologetically she had never shot anything before.
the wood below the tree house a deer with its big brown eyes wandered unperturbed. It was almost within stroking distance.
Dana drew a bead on it and fired. Unintentionally or was it intentional she spared
the animal’s life as her shot went wide. We will never know what she was thinking.
That wasn’t going to satisfy
the blood thirsty circus that was sweeping her along. So later in the day she was once again in the tree house playing a true life big game hunter. And this time the animal was not so lucky.
You should have seen
the celebration. It was as if she had announced her engagement or some o ther momentous event in her life. Her parents couldn’t have been more delighted.
Dana posed for photographs with her arms around
the dead buck so nobody would ever be able to forget the day she became a killer. "I'm so proud of you", her Dad Wesley told her.
Beaming he faced
the camera saying, "This has been a dream of a life time not only for this little girl, bu for me." Did his daughter ever have any say in the matter I wondered?
The Catch-A-Dream organisation claims that hunting exposes
the children to the "Wonders of God in the presence of the Creator who is the Author of real hope." It isn’t for the deer, the turkeys or anything else that the kids are encouraged to blast away at.
Would God sanction this, do you think, as a good way of uplifting children who might not be far off from joining
the very animals that they were being encouraged to kill?
You Americans, especially those in
the hunting fraternity, might have some serious explaining to do at the Pearly Gates.
Jon, a member of
the League against Cruelty to Sick Children.