Friday, April 2, 2010

Some people just don’t “get” our society

Every time the political partisanship of our society these days starts to get to me and I wonder if we’re permanently out of whack, something manages to happen that reminds me that our system works in that it puts a halt to the kind of people whose beliefs truly are subversive.

At least that is what I can’t help but believe when I review the fates dumped this week upon Thomas Piatek and Scott Roeder. Both of those men were in the news because of their appearances in the criminal justice system – even though neither man believes he is a criminal for his actions.

ROEDER IS THE man who killed a doctor because he objected to the fact that abortion is a medical procedure – even the rarely-used late-term abortions that the anti-abortion crowd likes to show us pictures of in all its gruesome detail.

Piatek is the Hammond, Ind., resident whom federal prosecutors say was part of a group that thought it was preparing for a Christian holy war of sorts, and was getting itself ready for the day when it would have to confront the police (whom it viewed as soldiers of sorts for a corrupt, secular society).

I find it reassuringthat both men wound up dealing with the criminal justice system as mere criminals – even though both have the few nit wits who are trying to portray them as moral crusaders. What a joke!

In the case of Piatek, federal prosecutors for Detroit said the paramilitary group calling itself Hutaree (I refuse to use the phrase Christian militia, which is what they want to call themselves) was training for an incident that could have taken place in coming weeks.

THAT INCIDENT WOULD literally have involved the murder of a police officer somewhere, then an attack on that officer’s funeral so as to kill as many cops as possible in one swoop. Just envision all the pallbearers dying simultaneously!

These people seem to think that such an incident would instigate a “holy war,” with the people rising up against their corrupt oppressors, so to speak, to take back this land and impose a Christian-based society – one that lives by God’s law instead of the decadant type imposed by man himself.

Now I know there are a lot of people of various Christian faiths who agree that there is a difference between secular law and God’s word, and some of them even want “God’s Law” to be reflected in our society’s laws.

But I don’t know of many who would agree that the way to achieve this “ideal” is to make a police funeral the setting for the first battle of a holy war.

TO ME, THE fact tht Piatek lives on just the other side of State Line Road from Cook County makes this incident one that comes too close for my comfort (although I get my laugh out of his claim that while his name is Thomas Piatek, he’s NOT the same Thomas Piatek whom the federal government wants).

I suppose there is some chance of confusion (I only hope I am never mistaken for the now-19-year-old Gregory Tejeda of Massachusetts who two years ago was hit with criminal charges for a stabbing ov er a cellular telephone), but I’m skeptical.

I find it reassuring that the federal courts based in Hammond have denied Piatek bond, and that he now will be transferred to Michigan so he can await trial along with the other defendants/alleged holy warriors in Detroit. We need to put some space between these people and Chicago (considering that the feds arrested Piatek Sunday in suburban Clarendon Hills).

Just so long as he doesn’t get to take the 46 firearms and 13,000 rounds of ammunition that police said they found in his Hammond home when he was arrested earlier this week.

BUT IF I have to be honest, I find Roeder more offensive than Piatek, since Roeder gave us during his sentencing hearing a lot of self-righteous nonsense about how he is saving lives by killing Dr. George Tiller while he was standing in the foyer of his church in Wichita, Kan.

“I stopped him so he could not dismember another innocent baby,” Roeder said prior to learning that he is receiving a life prison term and will not be eligible for just over 50 years (by which time he will be 102, or more likely dead.

What does it say that Roeder is described as a “militia activist?” I’d say Piatek and Roeder are giving the concept of “militia” a bad name through their actions.

What bothers me is that some people are going to want to believe him to the point where they will lock away their common sense. One person literally posted a response on the Chicago Tribune website implying that someday we will look at people who otherwise would have been aborted by Tiller, and we will see that something positive came of his death.

THAT IS THE kind of absurd rhetoric that gives anti-abortion activists a bad name.

It is the actions of Judge Warren Wilbert that reinforce my support for our system, since he had the option to make Roeder eligible for parole at a point when he would have a chance of still being alive – albeit as an elderly man somewhere about 76 years of age.

Instead, he refused to give in to those who might have pressured him to try to find some logic in the actions of Roeder. For in the end, there is no logic in some of the bad things that happen in our society. Trying to justify those things is the real problem that exists among us.

Considering how extreme these two men are compared to the bulk of our culture, I would think it helps to reinforce how ridiculous those political partisans are when they insist on using labels such as “socialist” to imply that President Barack Obama is on the one living on the fringes of our society.


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