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Thursday, January 06, 2005

She's Where She Needs To Be

Did anyone notice that Andrea Yates, the mother who methodically and coldly drowned her 5 children in a bathtub, has had her conviction overturned?

Despite her successful appeal, her lawyer has said he will not seek her release from the Texas psychiatric prison where she is being held:

Andrea is where she needs to be right now, as far as security is concerned for her," he said. "The last thing Andrea needs, quite frankly from my perspective, is to walk from the TDCJ Skyview Unit into the public arena.

Man, you know you're crazy when your own lawyer doesn't want you walking the streets.

In fact, Im amazed that the jury didn't buy her insanity defense. It seems as if anyone was confused as to the nature of right and wrong it would be Yates. You have to remember, she drowned her 5 children because God told her to. And since one of the fundamental attributes of God is that God is good, anything he demands is ipso facto right as opposed to wrong, no matter how grotesque it may appear (remember the Inquistion?)

Now of course, everyone is going to say that it's evident that God wasn't speaking to her. And to me, that's pretty obvious as in my view, the idea of an all knowing, all powerful, all good superbeing rates right up there with Santa Claus.

But for the more devout among us, how do you know God didn't tell her to kill her children?

And don't give me that God wouldn't condone something so terrible. Apparently God was completely down with killing 150,000 people the other week in the asian tsunami. If God is omniscient, then you cannot possibly understand his motives. You cannot possibly judge it morally. Maybe Yates' children would have grown up to become domestic terrorists and kill thousands of people.

If you make the leap of the irrational, to actually believe in a divinity, how can you be sure that it was not instructing Yates - and that therefore, her knowledge of what we would consider to be right and wrong was severely compromised? After all:

God said to Abraham, "kill me a son."

Abe said, "Man you must be puttin' me on."

God said, "Abe!"

Abe said, "What?"

God said, "You can do what you want BUT...

"Next time you see me coming you better run."

Abe said, "Where do you want this killing done?"

God said, "Out on highway 61!"


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