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Judge Thomas Lipps did an excellent job of conducting the trial, including his decision to try the youths as youths and to hand down a most difficult, harsh, and fair sentence. Anyone who says the boys are getting off easy need
s to spend a year (or three) in the detention facility. More than anything, the judge
articulated eloquently the problem: "Many of the things we learned during this trial that our children were saying and doing were profane, were ugly," Judge Lipps said. I was struck by his use of the word "profane," which I have always thought of as the opposite of religious but neutral, just "nonreligious." Going to my dictionary, I
see that it also means "t
o show contempt for sacred things."
While I am a non-religious person, I still consider the Fifth Commandment, the Golden Rule, and the human body to be sacred. And so I think that it is time to clean out the infection in these places before we put a bandaid over them.
(*I am indebted to reader William Barillas, who pointed me to this quote.)