One things for sure, FRUITCAKE4LIFE certainly represents NO true Christian I've ever encountered.
Hopefully America has more respect than to release pictures of death just to satisfy the morbid curiousity of a few.
We Americans celebrate life. We celebrate birth. We celebrate rainbows at the end of devastating storms as God's promise. But when did America become so like the monsters it chase that would stoop to celebrating the death of another human being? It doesn't matter how horrible an individual that human being was. America has always shown grace and dignity in the most harsh of times. Isn't that what place us above the rest? We can remain humane and retain our sense of values in our most trying times? When did our nation regress so far backwards that we'd disgrace ourselves to the world in such a manner? In a sense, and even in death, Osama Bin Laden wins. As he proves what he allegedly set out to prove. That is, when put to the test, America can be just as barbaric, inhumane, uncivilized as those other nations we're quick to point fingers and accuse of barbaric, inhumane, human rights violations and the likes.
40 years ago Howard, Riverside were being punished, most often by threats of witholding funds and other threats, by the board of ed for allowing students to sing LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING too. The song was considered too radical and might lead to student unrest.
You can blame Rosalyn Carter for this. Her activism in mental health started the push to place mental health treatment back into the communities and shut down asylums.
Asylums became the place where massive abuses took place against our nations' often most vulnerable, the mentally ill. They became a dumping ground for citizens suffering with mental illnesses, but not to the severity that they needed to instituonalized. They became a place where often sane people were forced to go on trumped up charges they were mentally unstable by a vindictive spouse in divorce cases. That spouse was most often the female of the household who had little to no clout, no work experience and no way to fight the system.
All those who voted republican have themselves to thank. This is the republican history and legacy since Nixon. Screw the poor and middle-classes.
America experienced many of its most darkest and brutal periods in history during periods when it claimed to be at its most religious.
@ ITGUY,but we do know what jesus said about homos and what God did to SODOM AND GOMORRAH (RIGHT,dao1980)put that in your cup of coffee lol (can you handle the truth or will you cry to the times and have this removed?
Actually, that's not true. God did not destroy Sodom and Gomorrah for the reason so many have been falsely told over the centuries. It's believe God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for it's arrogance and how it mistreated and judge others who were not considered of their status. Pretty much like many of you do today. @
Actually, Mr. Phillips, I think it would be more befitting to name the Walnut Street Bridge The Ed Johnson, Donald Bonds, Julie Jacks, Tim Chapin Bridge, and in that order. Since Mr. Johnson was murdered by a mob on that very bridge.
allGODSchildren: Are you kidding me??? More police on the street = police brutality??? Are you crazy?? Talk to Rudy Guiliani
Are you talking about the same NYPD where millions upon millions have been paid out due to lawsuits primarily because of police brutality?
There are just way too many police officers dying in the line of duty the past few years, and it is trending up. We need to allow police a more free hand to deal with those who resist arrest
It is overly aggressive policing that has led to this type breakdown. Where citizens no longer neither fear nor respect the profession.
Citizens have been so overly exposed to the negative and abuse side of policing that they've become desensitized. Which leads to more citizens no longer in fear of nor having respect for the profession. It's no different than the abused spouse or child who finally stands up to their abuser.