I have to say part of me didn't want to post this dreadful story but after giving it some thought I decided we need to publicly confront this sort of thing head on. I hope no readers of Simplicity Blog are upset by the graphic picture above or the content of this posting. Let me go on ...
I was reflecting a lot yesterday about the irony of life.
On Remembrance Day, 48 hours ago I was moved to tears through simply watching on TV the dignity of three men of 112, 110 and 108 as they proudly and emotionally presented their wreaths at the Cenotaph in
On that same day I am sad to say news broke here in the
Here are some extracts from the BBC News Report:
*Baby P, died after suffering 50 injuries including a broken back, eight fractured ribs and extensive bruising.
*Jason Owen, 36, from Bromley, and a 32-year-old man were convicted of "causing or allowing the death of a child or vulnerable person".
*The boy's mother had already pleaded guilty to the same charge, and all three will be sentenced on 15 December.
*He had been on the register of at-risk children in Haringey, and before his death was visited 60 times in eight months by social workers, police and health professionals.
Two of these three people are described as ‘men’ which as far as I’m concerned is an insult to my gender.
So ... going back to my beginning about irony, what a contrast we have between five men:
3 genuine, heroic, brave, dignified gentlemen.
Sometimes life is so hard to understand. I think of myself as a very tolerant person with experience of working for 10 years in mental health services and so I understand these people are actually sick. They have to be sick to do such things to an innocent, helpless young child.
Despite my considerable experience of mental health services, my natural forgiving nature and my Christian belief, I am stretched to find any words of compassion whatsoever toward these two human beings who are only ‘men’ biologically – these are not real men.
I pray they will reflect a lot about what they have done whilst they are in prison (they will be sentenced in December) which hopefully will be for a very long time.