Some thoughts about the tragedy in Littleton, Colorado at Columbine High School and about the causes of violence in our culture.
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School Violence in Littleton, Colorado
Another school shooting, seemingly more violent and premeditated than before has shaken the nation. There have been so many incidents of violence at schools now, that the attacks begin to fade into a continuum in the mind. Similar attacks in Jonesboro, Arkansas and Paducah, Kentucky are still clear in our consciousness but there were others in towns whose names are already gone from memory, in places like Oregon and Virginia.
And violence in the nation's schools is not occurring in a vacuum. Remember Oklahoma City? How about the Uni-Bomber? Each day brings more news of death: a mother in Chicago kills her three children, a sports hero kills his ex-wife, teenagers toss their newborn in a dumpster, a father injects his child with the aids virus, teens kill each other in drive by shootings, two men drag another man to death behind a truck- death, death all around.
Add to these murders, the drive to legitimize euthanasia and physician assisted suicide, led by the infamous doctor death. It seems that the value of a human life reaches a new low almost daily...
We have been witnessing the Death Of Our Culture for a long time; now we are witnessing, no more than witnessing, we are beginning to experience, a growing Culture Of Death.
Could it be that those who warned us that devaluing human life at the beginning and ending of the spectrum would lead to a general lack of respect for all human life, are correct after all? When Mother Teresa of Calcutta said:
"Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion,"was she right? Isn't using "violence to get what one wants in life" a apt description of those who shoot and bomb their teachers and fellow students for retribution or attention.
Because the Culture Of Death has only partial control, society is full of contradictions. We mourn real violence yet relish the simulated violence in our entertainment media. We talk of the damage done to children by the death of traditional marriage and family life, all the while making heroes of politicians and sports stars and entertainers whose repeated immoral actions are a direct attack on these sacred institutions.
And think back to the schools of our nation. If our son goes to the school counselor and expresses a desire to shoot his classmates, he will be the subject of prolonged and serious psychological, legal, and parental intervention to prevent him from harming others or himself.
On the other hand, if our daughter goes to the counselor and expresses her desire to end the life of her unborn child, at many schools, the counselor will give her a ride to the abortionist who will kill her child. Quite a contradiction indeed - and an extremely ambivalent message to our children about the value of each and every human life.
Additionally, the dogmas of the evolutionary biology taught in most of America's public schools, give the child an obvious message: He or She is a product of mindless processes, processes governed only by random chance and survival instinct;(read - I am not responsible to anyone but myself.) And, thanks to our all powerful judiciary, those most dangerous of all things, prayer and God and the ten commandments, (remember THOU SHALL NOT KILL ?), have been effectively removed from the very schools where pupils now attack each other.
Said one philosopher, "If there is no God, all things are permissible." This is the message our society has given its children. We have indeed sown the wind, listen - you can hear the whirlwind coming...
May God Have Mercy On America...
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