Tony Taylor walks into the federal courthouse in Richmond, Virginia, to enter his guilty plea.
Michael Vick pleaded not guilty Thursday and faces a November 26 trial.
So after reading the latest on CNN.com, I felt that I should get some things off my chest that really bother me about this whole “situation”.
The “situation” of course, being the pending trial of Atlanta Falcons Quarterback, Michael Vick who has been charged with cruelty to animals among other things, for allegedly backing a dog-fighting operation.
Let me state two things first and foremost, before I get attacked:
1) I believe cruelty to animals in any way, shape, or form is not only wrong, but as a Muslim, Islamically we are taught that it is sinful to engage in such practices or support them.
2) I’m not a regular NFL watcher, ever since the Cowboys of the 90’s fell apart, I only catch the Super Bowls these days and mainly for the commercials. 🙂
With that said, GIVE ME A BREAK PEOPLE!!! There has to be more news out here than this! And no I’m not talking about Hilary Clinton’s cleavage either! My point is there are more important things going on in the world today, or maybe it’s just me.
But on this story in particular what get’s me the most is how people…PETA in particular are dumping on this guy before he has even gone to trial! Not only are they calling for his suspension and end to his career, but also getting his sponsors to pull the plug on him.
On one level I do admire their efforts, because it does highlight the fact that in America if a group can come together on an agenda and remain vigilant they can force change, but on another level it is a tad bit excessive.
What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty? Or is it now guilty until proven innocent? Or is it both and it only applies to certain individuals and/or causes? Either way, it’s sickening. What get’s me is what happens if this guy is let off and is innocent? Now all that energy that went into smearing and destroying the man was for naught but the damage is now done. What would the PETA crowd and the bandwagon say then? I’m not taking a side one way or the other, but my point is that in America we have gone too far when we take our opinions about guilt or innocence and actively work for or against someone based on such before an actual verdict.
To me it’s more of the same, because throughout our history we have seen what can happen when our warped minds bloodlust when wrapped up in a “major” court case. How many times has this very same bloodlust led to convictions, death, or destroyed lives just to find out in the end, maybe even decades later that the person was innocent? I believe it would be prudent if we left things alone and let the legal process run it’s course, maybe it’s just me, but when we don’t, we just expose just how much time we have on our hands. (kinda like this blog:) )
Furthermore, this misadventure shows the world at large how misplaced the American zeal truly is for justice. We would rather protest in the streets, go after sponsors, fill the airwaves and papers with this story about the injustice done to animals, yet would step over a homeless person in the street or look the other way at a dead Iraqi without a second thought. Where’s the protest in front of the White House? We can mobilize and have an agenda against the ill treatment of animals (which is right), but lack the same zeal to mobilize and have an agenda against the ill treatment of fellow men, women, and children, done by animals in power masquerading as leaders and dare I say fellow human beings.
Maybe it’s just me, but this is just another example of the lack of real moral clarity and priority in America.
I just don’t get it: Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, and Airmen are dying daily and getting wounded in a war that was founded on lies and treachery, they come home to broken families, divorce, adultery, etc. (if they come home), poor medical treatment, and benefits among other things, DAILY, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqi’s, thousands of Iraqi’s without running water, electricity, or food, not to mention Darfur which is still going on by the way, Palestine, and many other places in the world, we have lying politicians on both sides of the isle knowing full well that America has no intention of leaving Iraq this decade (considering the Vatican sized Embassy and permanent Military bases), Katrina, our pourous boarders, uneducated children without healthcare, etc. etc. etc.
And excuse my rant but with all this going on and several other wars on the horizon, I just don’t get how a damn story about Michael Vick and his alleged mistreatment of Dogs, as well as crap like Hillary’s cleavage, Britney Spears divorce, Paris Hilton proving that money and fame in America means more than justice, and Lindsay Lohan’s sad addiction and idiocy on full display, is more important that any of the above and worthy of National news.
But like I said, maybe it’s just me….
Wake the Hell up AMERICA!!!!