In Which Mr Smith Introduces Himself
So, following on from the other new bloods' introductory posts, I thought it a good idea to say hello myself. Before David and Andrew decide they were misguided in inviting me at all. This will just be a quick bio and a mini-post to start me off here. More detailed and longer posts will turn up when I have more time.
Mid-20s, white lower middle class (insofar as class is still a useful label at all), good fun office job and a fondness for HTML (which sadly doesn't equate to great cleverness with it).
As I don't have a bonnet anywhere near as fetching as Mike Cunningham's, it hasn't attracted any bees. However, I do have some pet peeves:
- Moral relativism
- Cultural relativism
- Dhimmitude and similar attitudes
- The belief that sympathising with those who would 'wipe Israel off the map' is not anti-Semitism
- 'Christophobia', to misuse a PC term
- Moonbat liberalism (of the sort closely associated with the above factors)
- Religious adherence to 'tolerance' as a sort of panacea deity
I could probably go on, but I'm even boring myself with this list, so on to the mini-post.
It appears to be the case that nobody knows where this child is now, beyond the fact that she was flown to Lahore, Pakistan, with her biological father (from a previous marriage of her now unmarried mother). The biological father has, according to the girl's grandmother, previously attempted to take the girl.
It is, of course, hard to say anything particular about this without falling prey to unjustified stereotypes. However, there is at least one known fact which is, to put it mildly, worrying:
Violet Robertson, 67, the girl's grandmother, said her daughter and former son-in-law met when he was running a market stall in Glasgow when she was 16 and he was 23.
Hmmn.... and then we have a police officer declaring that
'suggestions that Molly would be forced into an arranged marriage were "speculation".'
Really? When a 23-year-old who has taken a 16-year-old into the kind of relationship that turned into a marriage suddenly and without warning removes her suddenly to Pakistan.
For a mini-post, this story is ideal because it touches on so many areas. The concept of childhood, the idea of the family, the purpose and sanctity of marriage, relationships between adults (anyone above the age of 18) and children (anyone under the age of 18), cultural relativism, moral relativism, and so forth. At base, though, there is an Absolute right and an absolute wrong. This story is riddled with events falling into one of the two categories.