I frequently save interesting stories and things that I intend to blog about, but often find that I get overwhelmed with information and/or lack of time to do it. In that vein, I am thinking of introducing a recurring feature where I can just throw out some quick pieces that have caught my eye in the last few days and share them with you all in case you may have missed them.
This story should be on the Onion or something like it, but these guys are actually serious. There is a town in Colorado that wants to pass a law requiring people to vote.
Hennessy, a popular Ridgway brewer and pub owner, is proposing that the mostly dirt-street town at the edge of the San Juan Mountains become a national model by enacting a mandatory-voting statute. Residents who don’t bother to vote, for no good reason, would be fined.
He later goes on to expound the virtues of being able to claim that “95% of the people” in town voted. Isn’t that the kind of thing that petty dictators like to do? In any case, the article would be a lot funnier if these guys were kidding.
On a much more serious note, I was troubled by the story this week out of Italy about a baby boy that survived an abortion, only to be coldly neglected and left to die for two days. The abortion was done because scans supposedly showed the boy had a disability, although later stories specified that the disability in question was a cleft lip and palate.
Appropriately, this has caused an uproar in the country that is the cradle of the Catholic church, but apparently it isn’t the first instance of such a monstrous act in Italy.
The case is causing uproar in Italy because it is the second involving a foetus of that age surviving the procedure in just three years.
The other involved a baby in Florence who weighed just 17oz when he was aborted at 22 weeks because of a suspected genetic disorder, but lived for three days.
The first story concludes with the brief account of a young boy, now aged 5, who survived 3 attempts on his life in utero and was born alive at 24 weeks.
The Bible speaks about a time when the love of many will grow cold. I fear we are the generation that will experience it in full force.
Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. – 1 John 3:18