All lives are equal in the eyes of God. I read a piece last night admonishing members of our government for attending Michael Brown’s funeral. The author sites speculation that Michael was involved in a robbery attempt. He measures this against the death of Sgt. Aaron Torian who, while deployed, was killed. His argument is that one has been martyred while doing wrong, which has yet to be convincingly confirmed, and the other while fighting for his country.
Why do we do this? Why do some people feel the need to measure one pain against another? Both are terrible. Both leave behind mothers that will mourn for them for the rest of their days. It muddies the waters. You can not compare the two deaths. One man was killed in a war he signed up for. Fighting a foe he was trained against. One was walking in his home town. Even if you believe he was breaking the law, there are others that exist to protect our citizens when they are defenseless against armed men. Neither death is honorable. The act of serving for you country absolutely is, but Sgt. Torian’s life is no more valuable because of the choices he made. To insinuate that it is is to fan the flames of an emotionally charged event that occurs way too often in this country.
Rather than taking roll, let us instead choose to be grateful that we did not sit in the front row of either funeral.