Saturday, April 04, 2009

Madonna Admonished to Leave the Fence Up

At the hearing, the Malawi judge, Esme Chombo, quoted Chesterton.

Thanks to Roy Moore for additional info:
I found this report from the London Daily Mail on Madonna's failed attempt - so far - to adopt a second Malawian baby. The lady judge who is handling the case -- who denied Madonna's request for adoption -- zinged the arrogant pop star with this statement. Which, BTW, includes a delightful quote from the Mighty Gilbert:

The law, she (the judge) said in her ruling, stated that an adoption could not be permitted to anyone who was not resident in Malawi, noting that Madonna had jetted in just days prior to Monday's hearing.

'The issue of residence, I find, is the key upon which the question of adoption rests, and it is the very bedrock of protection that our children need; it must, therefore, not be tampered with.

'As wisely put by G. K. Chesterton: "Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason why it was put up."'


  1. There are millions of children, mostly of color, available for adoption in the U.S.; but Madonna must go to Africa to find one, recreating the trans-Atlantic passage for more charitable ends, perhaps, but with as little respect for local laws and customs (not to mention those human imponderables). In a world where money is everybody's greater homeland, the eraser of national boundaries as well as the creator of more dangerous divisions, it is heartening to know that there is place on earth, however wretched, where judges cannot be bought nor public opinion mesmerized by the likes of Madonna.

  2. Manuel: Well, not entirely. Two years ago, Madonna DID get a child here. Must have been a different judge, a judge who looked at the flash and money and then overlooked the laws of the land. So, they aren't completely clean. It just worked out will *this* time.


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