Thursday, August 20, 2009

Congressman Bill Young, his wife and the bears

I saw Bob Barker’s recent post on CNN. I like Bob, and don’t know anyone who doesn’t, and so I read it over.

It was about an experience with caged bears Bob’s friend congressman Bill Young, his wife Beverly, and their family had on a reservation in Cherokee, North Carolina. Bill Young happens to be the congressman for my very bizarrely drawn district, which is a poster child for gerrymandering. (For the curious, google maps of districts 10 and 11 in Florida.)

From CNN, 8-9-09: ‘Beverly saw a sign that said, “Come Feed the Bears,” so they stopped at a roadside zoo. She described what she saw as “sickening.” There were six to seven bears in concrete cubicles. Their fur was hanging off, they were begging for food, and an employee was tossing one bear cub around by the scruff of his neck. Beverly said she had an uncomfortable confrontation with the person who was mishandling the cub and was asked to leave. I remember her saying, “The prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are treated better than these bears, who have done nothing.”’

To which I respond with a quote from Matthew 10:29-31. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

Sparrows, lions, tigers, bears...what about the millions of people who would love the health care the prisoners at Guantanamo receive? Where are your priorities, Beverly and Bill?

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