Saturday, September 04, 2010

"Hey pretty girl, do you want to drink this?"

On Monday in Vancouver, Washington, someone came up to Bethany, a 28 year old woman and said, "Hey pretty girl, do you want to drink this?" as she threw acid in Bethany's face. In an interview last night, Bethany said that the acid immediately burned through her clothes and she could hear and feel the acid sizzling through the flesh on her face.

Bethany is hearing impaired and if she had not purchased sun glasses only moments earlier--an act she attributes to divine intervention--she might have ended up both blind and deaf.

Now, a 41 year old woman has been attacked with acid in Arizona (KSDK).

So while the victims of the acid attack could spend the rest of their life living with the deformity and may never get over the trauma (although Bethany's faith may get her through this), their attackers, if caught, will (at most) get a few months in prison with color TV, an exercise room, free food and medical care--all at taxpayer expense, of course. Then they will be free go on with their life. Their victims, on the other hand, may never be the same.

It hardly seems fair.

Many people have condemned the Old Testament legal code requiring "an eye for an eye" as being primitive and barbaric. I suspect that most people in the ancient world would say that we are out of our minds and that it is our system that is barbaric. Their legal system showed no sympathy for the criminals. Our legal system has no sympathy for the victims.

One other point. Bethany is white and her attacker was reportedly black. If the situation had been reversed the Jesse Jacksons and Al Sharptons of this world would have spent weeks decrying this racist hate crime. But since Bethany is white, Jackson and Sharpton will likely say nothing, the media will likely not mention race, and I would be surprised if the attacker--if found--would even be charged with a hate crime.

If only we would take Dr. King seriously and start judging people by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin. Evil people come in all skin colors.

UPDATE: September 16, 2010.  Yes, evil comes in all skin colors and in this case the skin color is white! A police investigation showed the the "acid attack" on the Vancouver lady was a big hoax! I hope there is a stiff legal penalty for making false racist accusations like this. I don't believe in hate crimes, but if we are going to have hate crimes anyway, it seems to me that making heinous, false accusations against an entire race should be considered a hate crime.

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