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 Righteous Gentile 1903-1972

“Lawyer for Life”

Infanticide

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Nazi practices, not to speak of Nazi bio-ethics which were a Nazi medical travesty most publicised in Mengele’s horrendous experimentation and in the concentration camps, clearly involved Infanticide as well as forced abortion and racial genocide, as part of the ruthless and relentless eradication of the unwanted. Calmeyer was part of the resistance. We have ongoing parallels today ... who shall resist those efforts today? That must be all of civilization, through a vibrant culture of life in all aspects of life. Calmeyer’s innate morality of life led him to defend the culture of life in all that he did, even when it conflicted with his job, with his safety, and with practical constraints.

Infanticide is NOT rare in the Old Testament, it is frequently referred to as a common tool of preventing the growth of enemy populations. Child sacrifice is also mentioned among Jews: Judges 11:29-40: Jephthah promises God that  he will make a human sacrifice of the first person who comes to greet him when he returns  home after a successful battle. He later ritually sacrifices his only daughter. I Kings 16:34: This passage may refer to the killing by Hiel of his two children during the reconstruction of Jericho. Archeological excavations there have uncovered the remains of persons who seem to have been sacrificed "to obtain divine favor."  II Kings 16:3: Ahaz, king of Judah, murdered his son as a human sacrifice. II Kings 17:17: The people of Judah abandoned worship at the  temple in Jerusalem. They were said to have burned their children as human  sacrifices to Baal. II Kings 21:6: Manasseh burned his son as a human sacrifice to  Baal. Isaiah 57:5: Isaiah, speaking for the Lord, comments on the practice  of the people of Israel in sacrificing their children, "down in the  valleys, under overhanging rocks." Jeremiah 7:31: Jeremiah, speaking for the Lord, criticizes the people of Judah for burning "their sons and daughters in the fire."

Most significantly, the story of Abraham’s willingness to complete the sacrifice of Isaac was mitigated by God’s forbearance and saving of this life, as a test of loyalty only. The above examples, like so many sins recounted among imperfect Jews chronicled in the Old Testament, were object lessons of what not to do, not pronouncements of God’s will. Instead, Child Sacrifice was the frequent practice of Baal worshippers, precisely the opposite of the preference of the God of the Israelites.

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Forced elimination of the handicapped and weak, directly or through neglect, flies in the face of equality:

By rejecting human exceptionalism, modern bioethics threatens to destroy human equality and expose the defenseless to killing and  exploitation. Take infanticide, which Peter Singer among others asserts should be permitted if the baby does not meet the utilitarian interests of the family.  And indeed, in the Netherlands and Flanders, studies show infanticide is ongoing based on compassion.

Infanticide is nothing new. The Romans exposed disabled babies on hills and murdered unwanted infants. More proof of this was recently uncovered in the UK, where a mass grave of murdered infants from the Roman times was uncovered.

  From the storyAn extensive study of a mass burial at a Roman villa in  the Thames Valley suggests that the 97 children all died at 40 weeks gestation, or very soon after birth. The archaeologists believe that  locals may have been killing and burying unwanted babies on the site in  Hambleden, Buckinghamshire. Unwanted pregnancies were common in Roman  brothels due to little contraception and Romans also considered  infanticide less shocking than it is today. Infants were not considered  to be human beings until about the age of two and were not buried in  cemeteries if they were younger than that.

Peter Singer in his book Practical Ethics (Cambridge University Press) asserts that one isn’t a úperson until a month after birth, now it’s a year. It really does not matter to him, since one month olds, and one year olds, don’t have the traits that he considers constitutive of  persons (rationality, and self consciousness). And this is considered a modern, forward looking view.

The reduction of infanticide was due, in large part, to the emergence of Christianity, and its assertion that all people are equal. A huge advance in human moral development, and civilization. 

And the moral of the story?  Rejecting human exceptionalism would lead directly to a  return of  barbaric practices and beliefs that the West rejected  long ago  as brutal and unenlightened.  Or, to paraphrase the old song, everything old is  threatening to be new again.

Sunday, July 18, 2010 2:24:25 PM by wagglebee

Irving mom accused in children's deaths wanted 'normal kids'

06:57 AM CDT on Thursday, July 22, 2010  From Staff Reports

 In flat tones and halting English, Saiqa Akhter calmly  announced to a 911 operator that she had strangled her two small  children because they had autism. "I don't want my kids to be like that," she told the operator  Monday evening after dialing 911. "I want normal kids."

 The operator kept her on the phone for more than 10 minutes until police could arrive at the family's Irving apartment. Asked how  she felt about killing her children, Akhter replied: "Nothing."  She also explained matter-of-factly that she  initially tried to kill 5-year-old Zain and 2-year-old Faryaal  with bathroom cleaner. "They don't drink it, so  there's a wire there so I just grabbed their neck and then I  tried and then they're no more," Saiqa Akhter said.

 When Irving police arrived on the scene, authorities found both  children lying on a bed in the family's second-floor apartment  along with an antenna wire that police believe was used to kill  the children.

 Zain died Monday. Faryaal died Tuesday evening, a day after she was revived and placed on life support.

 Their 30-year-old mother is expected to face two charges of  capital murder. She was transferred to the Dallas County Jail  from Irving police custody on Wednesday evening. Bond has not  been set. Saiqa had been depressed in recent weeks since moving into a new apartment, her uncle said Tuesday. "It looks like she had mental problems," said Wasimul Haque. "I don't understand why she did it."

 While family members, who could not be reached Wednesday,  previously said Zain had autism, there were no prior reports that Faryaal had autism.

 Akhter is likely to  be evaluated by a psychiatrist after she hires an attorney or is  appointed one by the court. Her confession was met with deep  sadness by some who work with people with autism. "When I heard it, my heart just fell into my knees," said Nagla Moussa, president of the National Autism Association of North Texas.  "People don't realize that autism is treatable. There is hope.  There are a lot of interventions that are very effective."

 But she said parents of children with autism are often  overwhelmed, isolated and lack support. Many times, insurance  plans don't cover all of the needed support programs, and parents simply can't afford them. There are more than  100,000 people with developmental disabilities on a waiting list  for services in Texas, she said.

 "I think  everybody failed this woman, and I'm not excusing her actions by any means," said Moussa, the mother of an adult with autism who copes  well with life. "But even for the most capable, strongest  character, two children with autism, it's a catastrophe. It's overwhelming." Although people with autism can  lead lives that range from being severely disabled to almost the  norm, many times, children with autism have behavioral problems,  difficulty interacting with others, don't sleep well at night and have unusual sensory issues, such as such as a desire to eat  only certain foods and sensitivities to noise and the texture of  clothing.

 Audio: Listen to the 911 call

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 "You can't do the normal mommy things like take the kids to the playground because of their behavior issues,"  she said. Akhter's uncle said Tuesday that Zain  had severe speech difficulties but had been improving. He said  the boy had been in speech therapy. Faryaal's health problems included being rushed to an emergency room with a respiratory issue in May 2009. The family was the subject of a Child Protective Services  investigation for leaving Zain home alone at that time. An agency spokeswoman said there were no signs of physical abuse, and CPS  worked with the family to get them help.

 Akhter and her husband, Rashid Akhter, emigrated from Pakistan. He works as a computer technician. She was a stay-at-home mother.

 The call to Irving 911 came in shortly after 5 p.m. Monday from  the family's apartment in the 3300 block of Esters Road, just  south of State Highway 183.  In a heavily  accented voice, Saiqa Akhter immediately told the 911 operator,  "I kill my both kids. ... They are died. I kill my both kids." The operator, who initially didn't understand what she was saying, asked her to say it again.

 "I kill my both kids. They are dead," she repeated.

 What followed is a disturbing exchange in which Akhter repeatedly stated that she killed her children. At points, she sounded  frustrated as the operator continued questioning her and  instructed her to stay on the phone.

 "I kill my kids. My children. I kill my children," she said, sounding annoyed.

 "You killed your children?" the operator responded.

 "I killed them. Both of them," she said.

 At one point, the line went dead and the operator called her  back. Akhter answered with a "hello" and then reiterated, "I  killed both of them. I told you." Asked  how she killed her children, she responded that she used a wire  around their necks. "They are not doing anything," Akhter told the  operator. "They are just blue and they're not taking any breaths and  their heart is not beating." The children  can be found in her bedroom on the bed, she explained. She then  stated that she knows the police are going to come arrest her.

 Asked why she did it, she said she did it because they had autism and were not normal children.  "First I tried to kill them with bathroom cleaner," she said. "I  put in their mouth, but they don't drink it." She said she then she grabbed a wire and strangled them. Her husband was at work, but she said that she had just called him and that  he was headed home.

 Hearing the sound of  running water in the background, the operator asked her what she  was doing at that point. "The bathroom cleaner smells so much on  my hands so I just wash my hands with water," Akhter replied.

 Asked again why she did it, "They are autistic. They are too  much. ... I don't want my kids to be autistic. I kill both of  them."

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