Losing my faith in humanity

My faith in the future of humanity has taken another blow. Matt read this story earlier today, and sent it on to me. For those of you who don’t click through on links, I’ll quote you the first two sentences of the story.

JACKSON, Tenn. - McKenzie, Tenn., police have charged two Carroll County parents with raping their child.The parents, ages 19 and 18, are charged with raping their 1-day-old girl before she was taken home from McKenzie Regional Hospital about six weeks ago, said McKenzie Police Lt. Tim Nanney.

Take a few seconds to let that sink in.

Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Done? Ok. I try to keep this somewhat clean since my family reads this, but hearing about stuff likes this really chaps my ass. What kind of fucking person rapes a ONE DAY OLD CHILD? I’m revolted by the thought of it. Rape is a horrible action by itself. Raping a child, who is most likely defenseless towards the physical advances of a much larger adult, is worse by far. But raping a ONE DAY OLD CHILD, in the hospital in which they were just born? I cannot even fathom the kind of person that would do such an unspeakable and revolting act.

It is mentioned in the article that the parents were implicated because the police ruled out all of the hospital staff, leaving only the parents as suspects. I suppose it’s my duty as an American to abide by our belief that people are innocent until proven guilty. It is very true that the parents might be completely innocent, and that someone else was to blame for this atrocity. It would only be slightly less hideous if it wasn’t the parents that committed the act, though. Someone raped that child, and whoever it was should face the unbridled wrath of the legal system. To quote my conversation with Matt:

i think it was among the best cases to lobby for capital punishment i’ve heard in a long time

I agree with Matt. Any person that is capable of doing such an unspeakable act should be immediately removed from the gene pool.

The sad thing is, I almost pegged the location of the act. When Matt told me about the story, I said “this had to take place in Kentucky.” He said something along the lines of “close, Tennessee.” The sad thing is, it’s not just the state that it happened in that makes this concept unique to me. My knowledge of the world and its people isn’t vast, and I’ll be the first one to admit that. I am probably speaking out of naivety, but I can’t imagine anything like this happening anywhere outside of America. So, now I say thank you. Thank you to the person(s) in Tennesse who raped that child, you’ve made me lose more respect for the country I live in. I hope you’re happy.

You’ve also made me lose respect for my species. I’ve never heard of any other creature on Earth that would violate its offspring in such a way. Sure, there are animals that eat their young, but as far as I know, that only occurs during times of extreme need, when it’s not likely that the offspring will survive anyway. While seeming completely heartless, it is a completely logical act to eat what’s available in a time of need. Animals do what is needed to survive, and what will ensure that the bloodline lives on. Nothing is served by the raping of a day old child. Nothing.

People of Tennessee, if you’re listening, please do the right thing and make sure the people responsibile for this atrocity are placed somewhere that ensures that they will never be able to disrupt the sanctity of an innocent life again. Put them in prison, throw them in a well, toss them off a cliff, or put them on a rocket bound for the sun. I don’t care. The person(s) responsible shouldn’t be allowed to see the light of day ever again.

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