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September 01, 2005



Thanks so much to Sherry for the reality check, and to Amy for highlighting it for us (I'm afraid I didn't wade through all the comments below). It's a great reminder of how much all of our lives are twined together, despite our feeble attempts to stand "on our own."

Patrick O'Hannigan

I linked to this. Thank you to Amy and Sherry.


Mary Kay

Thank you Amy for highlighting it and Sherry for writing it. I didn't read last night so I don't know what all was said. But Sherry's post says very well what a lot of people forget.

Donald R. McClarey

I enjoyed the post and it is very true that in times of catastrophe and disaster we all need, and should give, help. However, a prime problem in our society is that too many people, able-bodied and mentally normal, throughout their lives make little effort to support themselves. We ignore this fact at our peril.


I read Sherry's first-person account and was moved by it earlier. She makes the point about our need for one another in times like these beautifully.

I would, however, like to reiterate a critical point I made in the earlier combox because I think it was lost at the tail end of the fray and I think it bears further discussion here. Here's what I said to Mark Shea and others who are staking out a stance of More Compassionate and Christian Than Thou:

Personally I will be giving until it hurts to the relief efforts in the weeks to come. The scale of human suffering in Katrina's wake is unbelievable; I could do no other, just like with the tsunami.

This is not a zero-sum game, this combox dialogue. Because I see a correlation between the high proportion of fatherless homes and the barbaric chaos unfolding in New Orleans -- not only the starving and dying, owing in part to the lack of strong male leadership in homes before the storm hit, and now to the Wild West marauding at the hands of fatherless superpredators -- does not make me a one-eyed monster who hates the poor. It makes me a Christian who sees a horrendous situation made worse by orders of magnitude because of the breakdown of the family. And this phenomenon has been especially acute over the past 40 years in urban areas -- where upwards of 85% of children are growing up in fatherless homes.

This is social Darwinism? No. My point stands, and it's not even a political one -- well, not directly, anyway. When it comes from Thomas Sowell, or Clarence Page, or Larry Elder, or Walter Williams, or even Bill Cosby ... maybe then you bleeding hearts and artists will get what some of us have been driving at. And praying for.

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