Killing in a grade school. Killing in a movie theater. People killing others and then killing themselves. Children killing their parents. What kind of world are we creating here? What kind of society do we really want?
The idea of taking away the guns is simplistic at best. I recall Lizzy Borden who took and ax and gave her mother forty whacks. She was clearly insane, of course. But recently, I have the impression that these modern versions of mass murderers are not insane so much as they are looking to go out in a blaze of glory. I agree with Morgan Freeman as far as it goes. Our media is complicit, making the names of the murderers household names. And it is better to be remembered as a horrible monster than to be forgotten as a nobody.
My question about all this goes a little deeper: Why have we grown so many horrible monsters in our modern world? My answer is because we have deleted the Judeo-Christian tradition from the public square. People have been left without boundaries, and become (so-called) free to decide for themselves what is right and wrong, free to blow aimlessly with the wind. Without a firm foundation in universal values, some all pervasive in the culture reminders of the restraints by which we must live to survive in community, we are left with anarchy, horrible monsters and mass murderers who have no sense whatsoever that what they are doing is evil. There is no guilt, no pricking of the conscience, no need for restraint when everyone is (so-called) free to make it up as they go along.
It is no good repeating the LIE that it was always this way in the past only we did not know about it like we do today. That is patently untrue. As little as fifty years ago, people used to leave the car running while they ran into the drug store, they left their doors unlocked while they went to the market, they left their doors unlocked at night, and the windows wide open. Children, young children used to go down the street to the playground unattended, and ride their bikes all over town without their parents being filed with fear and worry. It was never like this. Don’t believe the LIE.
We have removed morality from the public eye and made it all relative. And we are reaping what we have sewn. We have given the nation over to individual jerks and idiots and allowed them to sue and have every vestige of the Judeo-Christian tradition of morality and restraint removed from pubic – and thanks to political correctness, we have even made people afraid to mention it
So the town puts a nativity scene on the public lawn. What does that really say? This is the season for love, to love family and neighbor. This is the season for giving, for peace on earth, good will to all. This is the season to try our very best to be good, kind, and hospitable to the stranger and the less fortunate. Where is the evil in that?
But we remove it, and what do we have left? A time of stress-filled greed, crass commercialism, short tempers, people fighting each other in the stores – it really does not take a rocket scientist to see this. Unless, of course, leaving people groundless to fall into despair and hopelessness and hatred for others in the perception of unfairness in life is what you are after. Unless the creation of more horrible monsters is what you want.
Do not think that the separation of church and state or freedom “from” religion gives the high moral ground. Quite the opposite. For two hundred years, no one ever said prayer in the public schools or prayer before the meeting of everything from city councils to the United States Congress was unconstitutional. No one ever said posting the ten commandments in our state and federal courtrooms or nativity scenes on the front lawn in the public square was unconstitutional. Good grief, the state of Massachusetts collected taxes to support the Congregational Church up until the 1920s, and no one said it was violating the separation of church and state. In those days, even people who did not believe in God accepted the moral self-restraint expressed at the root of Western Civilization in the Judeo-Christian tradition
You cannot really believe that the removal of the Judeo-Christian tradition from public life is morally right unless you believe that every American in the past was a deluded idiot and now, suddenly and miraculously, we know better.
There is a Biblical phrase that is true about life regardless of what you may think of the Bible. “By their fruits you will know them.” History is clear about America grounded in Western Civilization and the Judeo-Christian tradition. We see the prosperity, the liberty, the greatness as well as the struggles to overcome slavery, to live up to the ideal that all people (men and women) are created equal. We can also see what mulit-culturalism, diversity, and ethical relativity have gotten us: horrible monsters. Clearly we are being ruled by a small minority of short-sighted, intolerant, anti-Christian bigots who sue at the drop of the proverbial hat and who, apparently, want an America filled with horrible monsters so they can live (so-called) free.
To quote C. S. Lewis: “We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.”
Thus in my progressive best I say to everyone, Merry Christmas. To those who understand the love, joy, peace and goodness that phrase stands for, I say Merry Christmas again. To those who are offended by my saying that, well, if you are an American you still have the right to be offended. You do not have the right nor the power to prevent me from saying it, however, and yes, if it comes to that, if we plummet off the cliff into pure anti-Christian hatred, I will go to jail before I stop saying Merry Christmas.