Nicole Johnson wonders if the excess of excessive disturbing headlines lately means that humans are losing their goodness.
I am sickened by the latest news headlines. The stories I have read are shocking. Given these reports, you would never believe we are living in a civilized society.
To highlight the hatred, bigotry, dysfunction, and deception, let’s analyze the captions that have been broadcast to millions over the past several days:
Via National Public Radio: Florida Teen’s Killing: A Parent’s Greatest Fear
What happened in the Trayvon Martin killing is unconscionable. I abhor George Zimmerman’s actions and I abhor his belief system. I pray there will be expedient justice brought to this case.
Via CBS News: Miss. teen pleads guilty in rundown hate crime
Deryl Dedmon, a 19-year-old white Mississippi teenager, has pleaded guilty to murder and committing a hate crime for running over a black man, James Craig Anderson, with his pickup truck. This is disgusting and unbelievable! Here’s another glaring example of hatred, bigotry, and vile human behavior.
Doreen Dufresne has been charged with solicitation to commit a murder after she allegedly offered a friend $25,000 to kill her third husband. Yes, I said third husband. Wait until you read what happened to her second husband…
Via TIME: Saints Coach Suspended
The National Football League has suspended New Orleans Saints head coach, Sean Payton, without pay for next season and indefinitely banned the team’s former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, for running a vicious hit-to-injure cash bounty program. What happened to sportsman-like conduct? What happened to having compassion for your fellow man on the field? Why have athletes become so malicious?
After reading these stories, which have sadly become persistent and pervasive throughout news outlets, I am left wondering: has our society lost its moral compass? Are people losing their goodness and respect for human life? If so, what do you believe accounts for this loss?
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