Mayor's Advice Is Seriously Twisted

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Mayor's Advice Is Seriously Twisted

From Wednesday's New York Times:
The father of one of two second graders found dead in a park here (in Zion, Illinois) was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder ....
The father, Jerry B. Hobbs, 34, could face the death penalty in the beating and stabbing deaths of his 8-year-old daughter, Laura, and her best friend ...

Hundreds of parents and children gathered in a junior high school gymnasium Tuesday night to share information and listen to officials explain how families should help their children cope.

"Zion, you have proven yourself to be one of the strongest communities on the face of the earth," said Lane Harrison, the mayor of Zion, at the meeting. "This evening before you go to bed, get down on your knees and thank God that your children are safe."
Whether you're religious or not, this is a pretty warped message.

If God deserves thanks from parents whose children have never been seriously victimized, what does God deserve to receive from other parents whose children weren't kept safe?

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