Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Gaius Baltar Award for Moral Cowardice

There's a post on my favorite Battlestar Galactica forum called "The Gaius Baltar Award for Moral Cowardice." The author quotes this passage from an interview with Galactica's James Callis, he plays Baltar:

I think that there should be a Gaius Baltar Award for Moral Cowardice given out to people every year. And this man—it's just, seriously, reading it, I was like, "Christ, this guy is Gaius Baltar!" He's a schoolteacher. The earthquake hits. And he said, "Stay still, everybody, you'll be fine," and just ran! He ran for his life, without any of the kids who he's supposed to be looking after. And the miracle of it is that the earthquake didn't touch his school in the same way. He went back to the class, and they're all alive, thank God. And they were like, "But teacher, why did you run away?" And his replies are just extraordinary. It's like, "I'm not a brave man. I am a coward. And in situations like this, it's every man for himself. I don't really feel very guilty, because I didn't cause the earthquake, and quite frankly, if it had been my own mother sat next to me, I would have left her as well."

I like that idea and I've got a nomination to make.

SF Gate has this article, "Killer dad said he had to 'get the demons' out," that mentions the fact that some drivers passed by as they watched a man kicking and stomping a two year old to death.

McKain, of Crows Landing, said she drove past Sergio Aguiar's pickup Saturday night on West Bradbury Road and, at first, thought he was "kicking garbage or something."

But she said her boyfriend, Dan Robinson, told her to back up and put her headlights on Aguiar.

"Sure enough, he was kicking a baby around," McKain said.

Well, at least that couple called the cops, or someone did, but shit! How do you watch a guy kick around a small child and not do anything? I wonder how many rubber-neckers drove by and didn't do anything? Why not take a tire iron to the guy's face so he stops kicking his son? How do you stand there and watch a man beat a toddler to death?

I'd like to nominate everyone who drove by that scene and did nothing with a Gaius Baltar Award for Moral Cowardice.

Someone calling themselves "GothicJossMinion" nominated all the countries where this is still okay...and not just okay but honored:

Let's Watch A Girl Get Beaten To Death.

Last month seventeen year old Dua Khalil was pulled into a crowd of young men, some of them (the instigators) family, who then kicked and stoned her to death. This is an example of the breath-taking oxymoron “honor killing”, in which a family member (almost always female) is murdered for some religious or ethical transgression.

They win.

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