I wish I could just say I’m speechless, or slap my knee and laugh at the absurd hand dealt by what are shrugged off as "unintended consequences" by most, but the cause and implications are just all too unsurprising. So perhaps I should not have titled this "Boggles," because it really does not boggle my mind. Ever heard of the Wannsee Conference? I blogged about it here, too.
The core principle at work is not just that the law is the law, but that it can be used to harm people rather than to effect justice. (An aspect of the conference rarely identified explicitly, is that more than it being a stage to get everyone on board, it was an effort to ensure that the Final Solution was legal according to German federal law.)
We are headed down a road, now, in America where the law has even taken on a new twist. Not only is it used in the aforementioned manner, but as an opportunity for prosecutors to advance their careers. Can you imagine the soil that must stain the soul of the prosecutor and district attorney who decided to prosecute these two kids, when the tragic circumstances are but a family matter that some families have endured literally for millenia? In fact, there was a time in human history when such things were entirely natural (that’s why, dummies, kinds can procreate from the age of 12 or 13). And, if not, then ask yourselves why your loving God created such a situation.
I suppose that we can only hope that a judge somewhere abandons "proper judicial philosophy," which requires that he or she operate as a virtual machine, letting the chips fall where they may — allowing "democracy," in due course, to tackle any consequences just too uncomfortable for the conscience of the times to bear.
Now, I’m depressed. Just ask yourself: if the law can do what it intends to do to these misguided but ultimately unfortunate kids, then what do you suppose it can do to you?