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Human Dignity or Overvalued Institutions?

Human Dignity or Overvalued Institutions

The trial in the Steubenville, Ohio rape case began today. Not only has the case divided the country, it’s wreaked havoc on the town’s residents.

Steubenville, Ohio

Steubenville, Ohio (Photo credit: Dougtone)

In a small town, who you side with can have consequences. If you take a side that isn’t popular with local law enforcement, you might be targeted. Side against your boss’ wife, and you lose your job next week.

What seems to shock many is the fact that some witnesses and possible collaborators will never be tried, probably due to their connections to prominent families in the town. Not to mention the influence the high school football team has on small town politics.¬† In fact, many believe that if hacktivist group Anonymous (also the inspiration for this blog’s name!) hadn’t released videos of a former student making inappropriate comments about the girl who was assaulted, law enforcement may never have moved forward with the case.

I’m very interested in the outcome of this case. I hope human dignity isn’t pushed aside to preserve the “value” of institutions that serve only a select few. Recent incidents, such as the abuse at Penn State, show that people are not as willing to support the elite when they do wrong.



1 Comment

  1. jnonymous81 says:

    Update: Lawyers for the football players have withdrawn their motions to dismiss charges

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