Sunday, September 11, 2011

Vick protestors stakeout Edward Jones Dome

A significant collection of anti-Vick demonstrators protested the quarterback's involvement in the illegal dogfighting ring that landed him in federal prison.

The group set up shop across from the Edward Jones Dome where Michael Vick and he Eagles opposed the St. Louis Rams Sunday in St. Louis.

It wasn't immediately known if Vick saw the protestors and signs including "No More Vick-Tims,"
"Abusers Have Regret Only When They Get Caught!!" and "Beaten, Shot Dead, Drowned, Electrocuted" accompanied by photos of mangled dogs.

The demonstration was right near the entrance to the bus drop-off, however.

It was one of the largest gameday protests of Vick and his troubled past.

Vick served 18 months in federal prison for crimes against dogs and lying to authorities about it.


Anonymous David McGee said...

I do not condone what Michael Vick did. I do not condone the culture that promotes abuse to animals. Morally, what he did was reprehensible, and many would characterize it is as unconscionable, cruel and disturbing. I am glad that the man had to accept the consequences of his actions, and pay a hefty price for his involvement in the crimes for which he was convicted, sentenced and served.

Our judicial system is setup in such a way as to attempt to rehabilitate offenders, steering them back to the accepted behaviors of society; the norm. It is our fervent hope that when we punish someone for their crimes, it drives home the point that if the criminal continues their behavior, they should expect even more of a punishment when caught next. It is also our hope that the punishment dissuades others from committing similar acts, therby acting as both prevention and deterrent of and to those who would consider breaking the law.

Michael Vick served his time, paid his debts and continues to show regret, sorrow and acceptance that what he did was wrong. He devotes himself, his time and his money to deterring others from the same path, to rescuing animals from fates in which others place them and to the SPCA (who have, by the way, publicly forgiven him).

What is happening now is that people are targeting Michael Vick as a way of gaining exposure for themselves. They are not chastising Michael Vick. They are not protesting Michael Vick. They are not rallying to punish the man further. They are using his prior actions and his past reputation and his current celebrity for the promotion of their agenda. How moral, conscionable or right is that? After all, would it not be wrong to use someone's likeness without their permission in a positive campaign? Why then is it okay to use it in a negative campaign?

The news media participate. If they didn't, the protests would, indeed, go away. Free exposure through the news outlets is exactly that - free. I don't see reports of people picketing other convicted felons at their places of employment.

Heck, I don't see people, in general, getting this upset when a murderer of humans is set free after serving their time, paying their debt. It seems as if many of these groups hold in higher regard the life of an animal over that of a child, husband, mother or other human being.

We Americans have the right to protest. When something is wrong, we should protest it. Unfortunately, all too often, that is where it stops. Nobody follows through. Therefore, we now have a culture who are all too ready to judge and condemn based upon perception and opinion, rather than evidence and a good sense of right and wrong. According to the news outlet, many Americans are spiritual and/or religious. Is not one of the highest tenets of many religions "Do unto to others as you would have done to you?" Here's another: "Judge not lest you be judged." How about, "Turn the other cheek," "love thy neighbor" and all others which promote kindness, forgiveness and mutual respect for one another? I have a spare mirror for anyone who would like to reassess their position on where they stand.

September 14, 2011 at 8:40 AM 

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