This past week, media attention exploded over two Michigan children whose bodies were found in a freezer where they had been hidden for the past 2 years. Their mother, who murdered them, had kept questions about the children at bay during the last couple of years by claiming they were being homeschooled. After the story broke, and with predictable speed and ready media coverage, Michigan State Representative Stephanie Chang announced legislation that would require homeschool families to submit to meeting with a mandatory child abuse reporter twice a year.
“The measure of a civilization is how we treat the weak, the dependent, the helpless and the ill.”
—Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Dr. Laura Program, March 24, 2005
On March 31, 2005, Terri Schiavo died. She was the tragic victim of the first-ever American civil court case that ended with a pronouncement of death—despite the fact that she had never been charged with a crime.
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
—John Adams, President of the United States, 1797–1801
Perhaps this quote by John Adams, one of our nation’s most influential founding fathers, highlights the critical point to which we have come in America.