Posts Tagged ‘mental illness’

One Wondrous Sentence: Mental health and murder

January 11, 2013

This one wondrous sentence lays the foundation for an argument that a well-intentioned policy has unintentionally and indirectly caused a great number of mass killings and other tragedies.

Since the passage of the Community Mental Health Act (1963) during the Kennedy administration, which mandated the closing of state mental institutions in favor of “community health centers” and outpatient care, and the massive and progressive “deinstitutionalization” of the mentally ill during the 1960s and ’70s, the residents of those old state hospitals have been transferred, almost totally, from the wards to the streets, and with predictable results.

Source: Philip Terzian, “In the Presence of Violent Psychotics,” The Weekly Standard, Dec. 18, 2012.

One Wondrous Sentence: Religion and slaughter

January 9, 2013

This one wondrous sentence blasts the argument by preacher, Fox News presenter and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee that lack of religion leads to mass shootings.

It suggests that somehow prayer can prevent anybody from being mentally ill, that hetero marriage cures murder, and that having a manger in the town square can stop a gunman from blasting his way into a school.

Source: Mary Elizabeth Williams, “Huckabee blames gays for the Newtown massacre,” Salon, Dec. 17, 2012.

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