lack of courage in facing danger, pain, or difficulty
I'm convinced that God hates cowards...or, if God is incapable of hatred, maybe he just really, really dislikes them. I'm not God, so I'm free to hate them. And if hate is a sin, I'll settle up with God at His convenience.
Two news stories caught my eye this week, but not for the same reasons the stories caught the eye of the media who reported them. That's telling, I think.
The first was this one. An eight year old boy threw a temper tantrum at school. He tossed some chairs and a TV stand, then ripped some loose wood trim off the wall and threatened to beat his two teachers with it. His two teachers, probably women though the news reports don't say so, reacted in a way that would have made Joan of Arc proud...they locked themselves in an office and called the police. Seriously. Two adult women fled in fear of their lives from an eight year old with a stick. And no, the kid's name isn't Chucky.
The police responded, no doubt with a S.W.A.T team, and confronted the stick-wielding unholy terror (news reports don't say if guns were drawn during the confrontation with the crazed stickman). Police demanded the little miscreant drop the illegal assault stick. The boy refused, clearly evidence he was high on Ritalin, also known as the "angel dust" of suburban elementary schools. Always mindful of the possibility of a video camera being present and not wanting to get caught in a "Rodney King" moment, the cops were forced to resort to their "less lethal" weaponry and pepper sprayed the suspect. The alleged stickman dropped his weapon and was taken into custody.
One real adult could of grabbed the little twerp by his ear, lifted him up on his tip-toes and dragged him to the Principal's office for an old fashioned paddling. Instead, it gets turned into a federal case because of the cowardice of two grown women. Oh, don't give me the "if they touch the kid they could get sued" b.s. Fear of a law suit is just another display of cowardice. As for the cops, I guess they thought their department policy on the use of force applied to any violent offender regardless of age or size.
In any event the whole episode was pathetic, and says a lot about the state of American womanhood.
The second story is to me even more alarming.
A man was walking to his car in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium in L.A. with two friends after watching his team, the San Francisco Giants lose to the Dodgers. He was wearing Giant gear. The three men were accosted by two men in Dodger clothing. The Giant fan was attacked and beaten severely and was later hospitalized with a fractured skull. He is currently in a medically induced coma with a chunk of his skull missing after doctors removed it to relieve swelling of the brain. He is showing signs of brain damage. The two attackers are still at large.
There were several witnesses, all telling the same story. The attack was unprovoked, there were no weapons seen, and the man's two "friends" ran away leaving him to his fate. They ran away.
The Giants fans had a three to two advantage over their attackers. The attackers neither brandished or used any weapons. And the two buddies ran away, leaving their friend to be beaten nearly to death.
Cowards. Just that simple.