Sunday, December 03, 2006

Modern Britain: Death and deceit in Birmingham

This week's roundup comes from Birmingham. First up is the story of a shopkeeper blasted to death with a shotgun.

Mohammed Basharat, aged 24, died following a spate of bloody attacks in the streets of Lozells over the last fortnight, which saw a young black man gunned down and three Asians stabbed.

The shooting took place at about 8.40pm on Wednesday as Mr Basharat was closing with his assistant.

Next we have a former headteacher who was sacked for forging a signature to obtain a pay rise given a new job by the council - as a schools advisor!

Alastair Sharp was forced to quit as head of Brookvale Primary in Erdington, Birmingham, earlier this month amid mounting pressure from parents.

A spokesman for Birmingham City Council said: "The local authority is utilising Mr Sharp to support a number of initiatives and projects within the Directorate of Children, Young People and Families."

Finally, another shooting as two mourners are gunned down at a funeral.

A gunman who shot two mourners leaving a Sikh funeral is believed to have been wearing a disguise, police said last night.

The attacker, described as Asian in appearance and believed to have been wearing a false beard, fired six shots at a 49-year-old man and his 28-year-old nephew between 6pm and 6.30pm on Monday in the Tollgate Shopping Precinct car park in Smethwick.

Shopkeepers shot dead in their shops, a gunman firing at mourners at a funeral and a council that employs a known fraudster. And I could have picked a whole load more.

Everyone still think Britain is making progress?



Sir, not defending Britain in the least, because I know that things are bad over there, but there is no guarantee that any organization that takes over will be any less corrupt or any more able to stop the violence. People do evil because they want to. They even do so in revered governments, as well as under them.

The truth of the matter is, all people are wicked. There is only One Righteous Person who ever walked the face of this earth, and wicked people crucified Him 2000 years ago. Otherwise, "there is not a just man on earth that does good and does not sin" (Ecclesiastes 7:20).

Looking at that verse, what does that mean for you, personally? Are you ready to face God on Judgment Day? Are you good enough to go to Heaven?

Stan said...

Thanks for your comments, joshua. I agree that people do evil because they want to - but not that all people are wicked. Sure, we all have the potential to be wicked, but most of us, thank God, prefer to try and avoid it.

The question is, what do we do when faced with wickedness and as someone far more eloquent and intelligent than I once said - "all that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing"

Whether I'm ready to face God - that's between me and God ;-)