The official definition of Dignity is as follows: the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect; a sense of pride in oneself; self-respect; a high or honorable rank or position. Twice this week, I was astonished at the lack of dignity exhibited in our society.
The first instance occurred at the revelation that Jasmine Rand, the attorney for Trayvon Martin's family, feels she has "a greater duty beyond being an attorney, and that’s to be a social engineer.” So let me ask this question .... what has happened to the dignity of the Court? Do we no longer hold the Court in a position of honor? Do we no longer have to respect a jury's decision just because we don't agree with it?
Where is the respect for the judicial system? Is it perfect? Absolutely not! But there has to be a set of rules that we all agree to, or we will be reduced to our primal instincts: punishment based on emotions, rather than reason; judgments based on bias, rather than impartiality.
And finally, Ms. Rand feels that sometimes "society needs a little push", and that her role as social engineer/attorney is to apparently provide that force when she arbitrarily decides it is needed.... all for the cause of "civil rights". Once again, that reasoning seems to declare its own moral basis; and not necessarily to be imputed to the masses. When an attorney uses personal discretion to overrule the Court, then there is no respect for the process.
As far as I am concerned, there is no reasonable excuse for depicting Tsarnaev as worthy as any "rock star" the magazine has featured in its long and illustrious past. They can deny that this is what they've done, all they want, but it is clear that he is pictured in the same light as John Lennon or Bruce Springsteen ever was. To give this suspected bomber a place of honor on their cover is to spit in the faces of the people he allegedly killed, and the over 300 who suffered heinous injuries. And that is exactly what a cover photo is designed to do .... to honor the image presented on it.
Since when does terror, murder and hate for America deserve to be recognized and celebrated? This modern form of journalism is responsible for the fan clubs for this evil person among the impressionable youth of our nation. How disgusting! Rolling Stone should be ashamed of this blatant grab for notoriety and profit. The lack of respect for the victim's families shows that this rag mag no longer deserves a place in the notable ranks of journalistic expression.
Psalm 1:1-2 "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. "