Posted 10 months ago on April 24, 2013, 11:53 p.m. EST by ZenDog
from South Burlington, VT
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Researchers want to examine the brain of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of two men who were wanted in the bombing in Boston on April 15. He is now deceased. According to ThinkProgress Drs. Robert Cantu and Robert Stern have asked medical examiners to look for and document any signs of CTE, chronic traumatic encephalopathy. CTE results from head injury, it is chronic, degenerative, and can only be diagnosed post mortem.
Not only was this young man a boxer, and a terrorist, he was also a son, and a Muslim. He is deceased now, and can do us no more harm.
It is forbidden in the Muslim faith, to desecrate the corpse of the deceased. And so we ask, is there any compelling legal imperative, in the examination of his brain as these researchers demand.
To you or I it may seem a thing of no importance.
But what of the family? The parents whose overwhelming grief comes tinged with shame? What does our behavior and treatment of this corpse say about us?
IF it is our intent to mock their misery and scorn their suffering, then let us not paper it over with a veneer of scientific imperative. Let us simply burn the Koran in our city streets and rejoice, and fill out job applications at the nearest munitions factory.
IF that is not our intent, then let us have pity on this mother, who still grieves for a son she once knew and loved, and let us remember and take comfort: that son is not the man we came to know - it is another side of that same man, the side she never saw.
Of course, this post comes much too late to be of any practical use, the Boston Globe originally reported this story on the 20th, and it is now the 25th. What has been proposed has either been done, or not, and cannot now be undone.
I marvel at the arrogance and the indifference of modern science today. They are a stampede of fools creating memories that will last a lifetime.