Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Stuff that Makes Us Outraged

For the past three days, the interwebs have been aflame with outrage over the killing of a lion in Africa by a Minnesota hunter.  Comment sections and web pages have been replete with calls for the hunter's business to be destroyed, and for him to be murdered.


And these calls are not just one or two.  They're thousands of posts, seeking this man's death for the killing of a lion.

I don't give the hunter a pass - what he did in trusting his guides, and perhaps even in the hunt itself, was stupid.  As hunters, we know that things can go wrong, and when they do, they can alter lives. That is clearly happening in this case.

But thousands of calls for this guy's death?  Really?

This story broke on the same day as the third undercover video was released of Planned Parenthood selling body parts of aborted babies.  In the gruesome video, the viewer gets to witness Planned Parenthood personnel picking through aborted babies in what appears to be a pie tin.  It's beyond disturbing.  It's the stuff of nightmares.  

Despite this, the media and the internet yawns, and more cries go up to track down the lion hunter and kill him.

This is the current state of our moral compass.

Parting shot - it makes me wonder how the interwebs would have reacted had the lion hunter been a transexual, or had been on safari with his gay partner as part of their recent honeymoon.

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