Day by Day



05 April 2008

The line...


At what point does society intervene in the practices of individuals? It is well understood that people who seek to harm others will be dealt with by society. Even animals display this behavior, although humans have evolved to refrain from isolating the sick (where possible).

Today it was reported that Texas authorities removed 52 girls from a fundamentalist Mormon ranch (enclave). The cause was reported child abuse. Some would argue that this is interference in the freedom of religious practice. Others would argue that society (the state) has an obligation to the common welfare.

I am not a person of faith. I am a person of fact. I appreciate and respect the need of people to have faith and I recognize my own potential for being completely wrong. And yet we are faced with a world where irrationality has intruded into the critical world of fact.

Where is the line?

5 comments:

sonicfrog said...

The line is often squiggley!!!

Citizen Deux said...

I think it's there - it's just obscured by the gray fog of distinction...

captjackharkness said...

The gray fog of ...what the hell? It is too early in the morning for philosophic references...but what a great name for some political diatrabe novel or manifesto..."The Gray Fog Of Distinction: The Condelezza Rice Story". "The Gray Fog of Distinction:A History of the Modern Supreme Court". "The Gray Fog of Distinction: A new yet we have been there before film by Woody Allen inspired by the Ouvre of Ingmar Bergman...." "The Gray Fog of Distinction: The Falklands War in Retrospect."

Citizen Deux said...

...errr...

Gordon Marock said...

Mmmmmmmmmmm, possum!