Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Hate speech against those needing help


what is worse is that 52 people retweeted it, and over 20 marked it as their favorite.

She has since "apologized"...after being caught by the right wing blogosphere.

but as the BMJ (link posted earlier) notes: one shouldn't criticize those who suggest killing babies: they should be allowed to propose such things under the guise of academic freedom:
The real problem is the fact that some stupid ordinary people get mad at them and threaten them...
Describing support for infanticide as ‘madness’ is problematic because it appears to fail to respect the serious arguments being put forward by our opponents (italics mine)...
Furthermore, though clearly not as egregious as the inexcusable death threats and other hate speech, describing our opponents in this way allows the focus to shift away from their actual arguments

In a world where learned academics support killing infants (and adults with Alzheimers)  why is Ms. W's "tweet" so terrible?

maybe because ordinary people love their children? And because most of us mourn children whose lives are taken from them?


State Medical Examiner: 37 People Dead, Death Toll Expected To Rise

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MOORE, Okla. (CBS Houston/AP) — A monstrous tornado at least a half-mile wide roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods with winds up to 200 mph, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. At least 37 people were reported killed.

KFOR-TV reports that up to 24 children are believed dead at the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore and that it has turned into a search and recovery effort. The storm tore off the roof, knocked down walls and turned the playground into a mass of twisted plastic and metal. Several children were pulled alive from the rubble, however. Rescue workers passed the survivors down a human chain to a triage center in the parking lot.
At least seven of the children drowned after being found at the bottom of a pool at Plaza Towers, according to KFOR.
The storm laid waste to scores of buildings in Moore, south of the city. Block after block of the community lay in ruins. Homes were crushed into piles of broken wood. Cars and trucks were left crumpled on the roadside.

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