Danielle Bean, a wife and mother of eight, is editorial director of Faith & Family magazine and author of My Cup of Tea, Mom to Mom, Day to Day, and most recently Small Steps for Catholic Moms. Read more of her blogging at Faith & Family Live and DanielleBean.com.
There are so many levels of insanity and sadness in this story that I don’t know where to begin.
A Chinese farmer kills a family planning official after she reports his wife’s “illegal” second pregnancy and the wife is forced to have an abortion.
He also violently attacked her children, who are now in the hospital. The victims’ husband and father is, of course, aghast:
“He is so ruthless. My wife reported to the superiors that his wife was unlawfully pregnant again,’ Zhao was quoted as saying by Global Times.”
Is the farmer ruthless—or is perhaps China’s one-child law and its violent enforcement “ruthless”?
While of course the farmer’s acts of violence are unacceptable, can any one really call them unpredictable? Or even inexplicable?
Only when inhumanity on the government’s part finally leads to inhumanity on its citizens’ part do we bring out the word “ruthless”?
A nation that violently forces its citizens to destroy their own children cannot honestly expect a peaceful response. And other nations (and individuals) that continue to financially support a nation that violently forces its citizens to destroy their own children cannot honestly consider themselves guiltless either.
Are you contributing to the violence?
I don’t know about you, but I often find it difficult to avoid purchasing Chinese products and have therefore not made it much of a priority in the past. But enough is enough.
What do you think? Might it be time to consider joining the ranks of principled people like Aquinas and More Catholic Goods in taking a financial stand against Chinese violence and persecution?