Sunday, May 16, 2010


This isn't a rant.

It's a full blown rage.

Something happened here in Utah this last week, that has finally sent me over the edge -- and that bothers me.

A lot!

A little four year old boy came out to Utah from Virginia, to spend the summer with his mother, and her soon to be husband. Within a week and a half they had killed him. More precisely he died after days of beatings and burnings and starvation, mostly inflicted by his step father, but his mother knew and did nothing.

He died on Mother's Day.

There's more.

They left him locked in his room, while they went to the courthouse to get married. Fearful of what they had done, after his death, they desecrated his body and buried it in the mountains, hoping it would be unidentifiable.

What the Hell is happening to us? We're hearing more of these stories all the time now. Why?! Why is life so cheap? Why are we so selfish? How have we reached the point where killing a child is not the worst thing you can do? Why is it now necessary to torture the child before you kill him?

Are we so sick that we need to see the light leave their eyes before the soul leaves their body?

How can we treat our children as cast off refuse, an inconvenience that we can just throw aside?

What threat is a four year old little boy to ANYONE?!

I'm bothered by my own reaction to these horrible stories. It bothers me that when I hear a report on the radio that a four year old boy is missing, my first thought -- FIRST THOUGHT! -- is that I'll bet his parents killed him! I feel like I'm being twisted into something so jaded and cynical, that sometimes I really don't like what plays across the stage of my mind. Normally, I can remove myself far enough from the situation to allow that justice needs to take it's proper course. But with this most recent case, I've reached the saturation point. I can't hear this anymore! I cannot honestly tell you what I would do, if the man that took that boy's life fell into my hands.

I WANT to inflict pain upon another human being. That's new and it's not the person I want to be!

To all of you mothers out there: love your children. Your calling as a mother is so sacred. I cannot imagine a higher honor than participating with God in the creation of life. If you choose not to have children, that's perfectly fine. But, if you bring a new life into this world, cherish it, nourish it and love it.

To you men: Grow up. Man up. Understand that no one really cares about your car or your stereo or your guns or your sports teams. Understand that no one will ever love you or respect you as unconditionally as your children. Understand that your need to prove your manhood has gone far beyond rational limits. Understand that if the only way to prove what a big man you are is to viciously and mindlessly beat a helpless child, then you are no longer a man.

You are subhuman.

You are a mad dog who needs to be put down.

 Save us all the effort, and go find a cliff to jump from. I have a few in mind, if you need suggestions.

I can't take this anymore.



Corey~living and loving said...

You said it! yes you did. is horrible, and it makes me sad that I, too always think that the parents did it. how sad is that? VERY!

Aaron said...

I think we need a good, old-fashioned stoning in a public square. Get this Mom and Step-dad out there and pummel them to death....broadcast it on the national scene and leave their bodies out there for days with a big sign that read "This is what is going to happen from now on when you offend the little ones....take heed". I agree....I shouldn't allow myself to feel this way....but it is getting to be too much...

Heidi said...

I'm with Aaron, a public stoning sounds like just the thing.
The saddest part about this story is that things like this have been happening for a long, long time. It's only that horrible instances like this are no longer covered up, instead the media goes into a frenzy and shows every gory little detail they can find.
I hadn't heard about this story. It makes me heartsick for that poor little boy. And it makes me want to hug my little ones and feel their living warmth.

Anonymous said...

Ditto to your post. Every time I hear this story mentioned I just get sick to my stomach. I have a 4 year old boy and when I look at him all I can think of in innocence and love. Someone who could do something like that IS subhuman. I'm only glad that that poor boy doesn't have to suffer by those peoples hands anymore...

imbeingheldhostage said...

Stoning is a great idea. I wonder why we stopped doing it? Satan is working very hard these days.

You just validated a decision I made this week. Thank you.

Mom24 said...

It made me sick when I heard about this last week. So, so sad.

Not excusing it at all, but I think as a society you can look all around and see evidence of us not valuing motherhood. You're right, it's very sacred to be a mother, but that's been lost somewhere along the way. I see people lamenting about "only" being a mother. About vowing not to be "just" a mother. About being a mother not being important enough or worthy enough and it makes me sad because truly it's the most important thing I feel I can do with my life.

Linda said...

I'm sitting here with tears streaming down my face. What a sad, sad situation. Why, oh why, didn't they just send the boy back to his dad? I don't know what our world is coming to.

I do honestly believe the problems started in earnest in our country when Roe V. Wade was allowed to become law. We, as a nation, have killed millions of babies. There is no value to life anymore.

The next group to be 'offed' will be us seniors, because we don't have anything more of 'value' to offer.

I hadn't heard about this. We get so much 'fluff' news, that most of us have no idea of what is really happening.

Pam Emmons said...

I'm with Aaron. There's a museum of torture devices not far from here... maybe we can steal one.

I still haven't watched all the news clips. I asked about it on facebook and got many responses. I just haven't been brave enough to watch any of it. It sounds terrible. Poor baby.

Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? said...

What the hell is wrong with these people? How can they possibly think this is a good idea when they are doing it?

When it comes to hurting other people intentionally, I am all for the most horrific of torturing and pain for them. They deserve nothing less.

And, I know God will punish them, but I sure like the idea of them getting some Earthly punishment first.

Trisha said...

I feel particularly sad for the Bio-Dad. His little boy will not be coming home at the end of the summer...or EVER!!

Emily said...

I heard about that. I actually couldn't read the details (there or here). After becoming a mother, somethings I just can't take anymore. It's beyond heartbreaking.

Michelle said...

If it makes you feel any better, I'm pretty sure that violence against children isn't on the rise.

It only seems that way because we now have 24 hour news stations that need things to talk about.

But even one murdered child is one child too many.

Claremont First Ward said...

Oh boy. I can understand your rage. That kind of behavior is inhuman.......that poor little child. Sigh. I'll never understand.

Kelly Deneen Raymond said...

It's SO horrific.

I can hardly even process it. Hearing things like this just makes my heart and stomach clench up.

You can have rage. I do too.

puna said...

Oh's absolutely incomprehensible. Be angry. It's what good men do.

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

A-Freaking-Men, Chris.

Awesome. Awesome. Awesome post. Others need to read this. You are so correct to be so enraged. I am enraged with you. There is no excuse for that. NONE. NONE AT ALL.

Thank you for this.

Becky J S C said...

This is so horrible - I am sitting here mortified - and full of rage just as you are. You are so right Michelle - one murdered child is one to many!

thank you for your words and sharing this!