Editorial: Monday Briefing for Nov. 13, 2017

Follow the Law

 

Consider the following: Suppose a motorist on Interstate 40 grossly exceeds the speed limit and causes a fatal crash, killing several other motorists.

Would there be a public outcry for changes in speed limit laws? Would there be a public outcry for additional speed limit laws? Probably not, because most would realize that laws existed which called for a reasonable and safe speed, but these laws were not followed.

Why then is there public outcry for changes in gun laws when part of the government (in this case, the U.S. Air Force) fails to follow the law by reporting the criminal past of the mass shooter in Texas — a failure which helped the shooter legally purchase firearms?

Laws existed, but they were not followed. More laws will not help if these laws are not recognized.

Wrong Is Wrong

The recent statement by Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler in reference to the scandal surrounding GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore is wrong on many counts.

However, we will stick to one — it is historically wrong, at least according to the Bible.

Zeigler invoked the relationship between Mary and Joseph as some sort of reason not to criticize Moore, who has been accused of sexual assault against a 14-year-old girl decades ago when Moore was in his 30s.

In the Bible, specific ages are not provided for Mary and Joseph, although it can be assumed Mary was a teenager at the time she gave birth to Jesus.

According to Jewish customs at that time, men were also typically young when they were “betrothed.” Therefore, it is quite likely Joseph was not much older than Mary.

Fighting Females

Jerri Bell, aa retired naval officer and author, recently penned an interesting piece for Washington Post with the headline “Five myths about female veterans.”

The one we found most interesting was this — there are more women in the U.S. military than most would think.

According to Bell, there are more than 2 million women veterans in the U.S. — about 9 percent of the veteran population of 21 million.

Adds Bell: “Women now make up 20 percent of new recruits, 15 percent of the active-duty force and 18 percent of the reserve and National Guard.”

This is why we to thank our men and women who proudly serve our country.

Thank you for preserving our freedom.

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