It really rattles me when atheists express a dislike for ‘organised religion’, claiming to respect the beliefs of an individual. I think it shows lack of any real consideration or attempt at empathy, and represents a strong sense of ignorance. The integral joy of having a religious belief lies in the community aspect of it - the identity of belonging to a church. It is a fundamental aspect of spiritual growth - sharing the experience, in the same way that it is only sensible to have a system of ‘organised science’ in which people do not keep their own ideas of the physical world to themselves.
The world doesn’t need scientific research. Humanity gains from it, of course. It is not a necessity. Perhaps religion is not either, and humanity gains much from it, in terms of the affected individual.
The original crime is disgusting, and deserves legal punishment like I thoroughly believe will be administered to both criminals. The legal system is obliged to isolate these individuals both to protect others from them, and to punish them for their actions.
I do not condone, at all, however, the publishing of these names over something so public as twitter, or the retribution of these names by further individuals. In publicising these names, the opportunity is given to any and every individual member of the public to decide how we feel these individuals deserve to be punished, rather than only having the legal system attribute the punishment it seems fit (which is not light for sexual abuse in the slightest). The consequences of the crime are left in our hands, and thus the lives of the original offenders are put at risk on the chance a member of the public disagrees with the law.
As the offenders’ names were not released, it is highly likely that these offenders are underage. The two males in question will be punished for their violent actions. An underage offender will probably not be assigned a life sentence for this crime however - our legal system considers their actions criminal and disgusting, but not entirely rehabitable or deserving of the end of all opportunities of a livelihood after punishment has been served. They may now need to be given new identities, particularly if this story is taken up by popular media outlets or becomes any more publicised than the over 40,000 people already exposed to their names. Though appalling, the action committed in a juvenile experience is not punished by our legal system in the way the victim has desired.
The act of releasing the names on twitter in particular was an act of defiance to the law. The victim took it upon herself to try and distribute the names and their crime as vastly as possible. It was not an act of going against the law to talk of the matter in private boundaries of her family, friends or a private counsellor. The victim released the information in a media environment. What she did was done against the law, with a motivation of revenge rather than justice. She has taken the punishment of the two males into her own hands, and in doing so cannot be protected by the law from any guilt she may feel from the consequences of these actions: if either boy now reaches a fatality through any avenger who comes across this information, she will be partially responsible, as will all retributions of this information, as they have been prohibited.
The punishment seems severe, but can be explained because this girl has committed a crime. It may cost the government far more than the proposed fine to deal with the damage of her action of protest. The prison sentence will almost certainly be reduced, possibly completely, due to the non-violent nature of her crime. She has done something illegal, not so great as the original crime, but against the law nonetheless. The it can evoke sympathy within us, but it is motan atrocity of the state, but a just action.
PLEASE SPREAD THIS
A 17 year old girl was raped by two men and then told by court officials that she wasn’t allowed to talk about it or share the names of her attackers. She tweeted her rapists’ names and is now facing 180 days in jail and a $500 fine.
Her rapists’ names, in case you were wondering, are Will Frey and Austin Zehnder. Please spread these names so that the court isn’t able to protect these boys and shame the victim.
Rant on this on blog. Someone read it please, it took me an hour xD
I keep trying to reblog and talk about something, but it wont post -_-;
forever reblogging the scene where brittany became my favorite character
Brittany is so beautiful on the inside ):
minding your own business at school
when suddenly the glee club starts doing a musical number and throws your lunch on the floor so they can stand on the table
Oh yes ;D
It gets under my skin when people overvalue love as an emotion. Its just a feeling. Worse, when people mock other people’s experiences with the emotion because of a time frame. Perhaps a four week relationship is actually more intense than your marriage love, you just don’t know. Love isn’t always a wonderful thing, it can be an obstacle or a weapon. People revere it as some sort of God. Its just an idol, an earthly pleasure. Anyone has access to it.