***NOTE: This is not an attempt to justify what Rice did nor is it an attempt to crucify him. I advise you to read this in its entirety. This is about society in general****
The biggest news today was not about the Middle East or Ferguson Missouri; it was not about the death of Joan Rivers or the announcement of an impending royal birth. The talk of the day was once again Ray Rice. The full video was released today showing footage of what we already knew happened in that elevator. Ray Rice punched his fiancé rendering her unconscious. It doesn’t matter how violent the act, the fact is that he hit her. He has never denied punching the woman.
Ray Rice was indicted by a grand jury in March and went through the legal process. He plead not guilty and avoided a trial. The judge sentenced him to a pre-intervention program. This was consistent treatment for a first time offender. Atlantic County Prosecutor said this.” After considering all relevant information in light of applicable law, it was determined this was the appropriate disposition.” The NFL followed this with a two game suspension.
Now everyone speaks to the violent “nature of the video. The NFL is hiding behind “we didn’t see the video before.” My question is “Is there a non-violent way to knock a woman out?” why does this video change the severity of the crime? If the law has been carried out why do we have the privilege of retrying Ray Rice? Nevertheless legalities are not the point of this blog. Let’s move on to the point right now.
This outcry is really about the fair treatment of women. The NFL has changed its policy on domestic abuse.Rutgers is planning to erase his existence from their records.The “call-in” show telephone lines are lit up with those crying morality, and justice must prevail! If this issue is really such a concern for the NFL and society in general where is the outcry for cheerleaders to wear more clothes. Where is the ban on alcohol in the stadium?
What value does a bunch of half-naked women bring to an event were the focus is supposed to be on the field. Isn’t this just objectifying these women? Their main purpose is but to provide something for men to stare at when nothing is happening on the field. They do not run, flip or tumble so we can’t say that the costumes are conducive to “free” movement. What is this teaching the young people in the crowd? If you are a boy it is ok to look at a woman as an object. If you are a girl then provide men something to look at and you can be popular.
Also we have thousands of adults consuming large amounts of alcohol (not to mention this is in the presence of all the minors scattered throughout the crowd). What about the thousands of people that are killed by drunk drivers each year. All those fans aren’t walking home from the stadium after the game, are they? I think it is safe to say that the average crowd in the NFL is 60,000 people. I think it is also safe to say the average crowd is composed of 60% men. For math sake we will say 50% of the crowds are men. Let say of those men only 50% are drinking and of those drinking only 50% are drunk enough to fail a sobriety test. So we go from 30,000 to 15,000 and then down to 7,500 even if only half of those are “drunk” that is still 3,750 half of that 1,875 half of that 937. if we go with 1% of the overall crowd we still have 600 people. How low would we have to go to get an acceptable number of people driving drunk? If one man punching his wife is too much, isn’t one man driving drunk too much? One woman exploited in a cheerleading uniform too much?
How about this one? Why is the morality bar so high on domestic violence but not on adultery, or illegitimate children? What about verbal abuse? Why are there so many strikes for substance abuse and performance enhancing drugs? Isn’t one time too many?
The truth of the matter is that when men decide truth then there is a varying standard. That is why it makes so much sense that there is God and that he has set an unchanging standard for us all.
Psalms 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;
Psalms 19:8 the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;
Psalms 19:9 the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.