Monday, January 10, 2011

The Consequences Of Choice

Print Friendly Version of this pagePrint Get a PDF version of this webpagePDF
"The Safeway Massacre," as some have called it, has reminded us in the most alarming way that there are those among us who place the value of life below their personal preferences.

The Drudge Report referred to the suspect in the Saturday morning Tucson shooting spree, Jared Loughner, as a "scary freak."

CNN is already raising the issue of insanity and certainly the defense will explore that as this case comes to trial. CNN has posted a video showing that Loughner had "planned ahead".

His classmates have described him as a "left wing pot head."

And the blame has already begun. Whose fault is it? What caused this man to commit this heartless act?

Our prayers are with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as she fights for her life this morning. And for all those who were victims of this terrible act.

Only two days before Giffords was shot,
a diary writer for the far-left Daily KOS website posted a blog titled, "My Congress Woman voted against Nancy Pelosi! And is now dead to me." Following the shooting in Tucson Saturday morning, the blog entry was scrubbed from the KOS site.

Back in 2008, Kos founder Markos Moulitsas had listed then state representative Giffords as one of dozens of representatives with a bulls eye on their district for being a "bad apple" Democrat.

Now the Daily KOS is blaming Sarah Palin and her political rhetoric.

Why this happened will play out in the media, news and op-ed columns for weeks, if not months, and finally in the courts, but there is one glaring issue that will likely never be publicly considered.

Life has been devalued by legalized abortion on demand. And the rejection of the Creator of life.

Mother Teresa, recognized it and wrote about it.
She said, "Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation." Indeed it has.

The erosion of the sanctity of life has had an equally erosive effect on our culture. And it will continue until restoration of the sanctity of life.

Under the guise of "choice," life has become a mere decision, made under the circumstances of any given moment.

How far life has been de-valued was never more evident than in an
October interview with British columnist, journalist and author Virginia Ironsides on BBC.

Ms. Ironsides said if she had a suffering child she would put a pillow over its face.

She said, "And I think the difference is that my feeling of horror, suffering is much greater than my feeling of getting rid of a couple of cells, because suffering can go on for years." I have linked the video.

A couple of cells? Is that the definition of a child? Is a human life not more than that?

If that reflects the current value of life, it is not a huge step to "death panels" or "end of life discussions" for the elderly, as President Obama has taken to calling them lately.

Is it problematic to consistently teach our kids that life is merely a choice made under various sets of circumstances---or worse, that life is a "few cells"?

President Obama has said "America is no longer just a Christian nation."

Scripture teaches "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked. A man reaps what he sows." Galatians 6:7 (NIV)

The Greek word translated "mocked" means to "turn up the nose in scorn"---to insult, to deride.
Our Founding Fathers embraced Judeo-Christian principles and built a great nation. Too many current leaders run from them, mocking them as irrelevant. And mocking those who embrace them.

Remember the "clinging to their guns and Bibles" comment?

Civilization stands at the proverbial fork in the road.

Unless Christians effectively reassert the value of human life in our culture, we will tumble into barbarism.

C.S. Lewis said in, "The Abolition of Man," that human essence would be destroyed by "men without chests"---a scientific and technological elite that would posses mind and instinct but no heart or moral compass to govern their thoughts or actions.

People without a heart. "A deformed nation."

God help us.

Gary Randall
Faith and Freedom

Click here to add these blogs to your email inbox.


  1. Using a completely unrelated violent attack to justify your anti-choice position is sick and shameless.

    Misrepresenting the words of your political opponents is disgusting and shameless. Anyone, who cares for the truth can click through the WingNutDaily story to the DailyKos dairies and see that Moulitas used no bullseye imagery but only used the terms "target" and "bulls-eye" in a political context, free of any violent rhetoric, discussing who to fund primary races against.

    Meanwhile, what Gary casually dismisses as "Sarah Palin and her political rhetoric", consisted of a map she created with gun sight crosshairs over the districts of 20 Democrats, who voted for Health Care, but whose districts voted for McCain Palin in 2008. She further identified three, who had retired and were "already taken care of" by coloring thier gun sights red - much like a "kill" in a first person shooter video game. Furthermore, she introduced this map to her followers after the health care vote by tweeting to her followers "Don't retreat, reload".

    Now, I have no idea if the shooter even read any of Palin's ill conceived violent rhetoric, but I do know that it was inappropriate as many said at the time. I also know that trying to blame Daily Kos diarist with gorss misrepresentations of their rhetoric, while blithely dismissing Palin's inarguably inappropriate rhetoric is an act of staggering dishonesty. Finally, does any doubt that if the Congressperson attacked had voted against DADT repeal and been featured on a map like Palin's by the HRC or SLDN, Gary wouldn't be talking about violent rhetoric on the right, or making absurd links to reproductive choice, he would be screaming from of rooftops about how this proves LGBT activists are prone to violence!


  2. Seriously, Gary? You think the rhetoric from the left is anything at all like that from the right?

    "If Ballots Don't Work, Bullets Will" - Joyce Kaufman, talk radio host at Tea Party Rally in FL

    "I'm hoping that we're not getting to Second Amendment remedies. I hope the vote will be the cure for the Harry Reid problems" - Sharon Angle, Nevada Senate Candidate (btw - the vote didn't work, now what?)

    "TAKE YOUR STAND AT YOUR STATE CAPITOL - HIGH NOON!!!!!! Show up STRAPPED OPENLY! It's time to take this country BACK!" - Tea Party Patriots website 2/22/10

    Listen to right wing radio and you'll get 24/7 lies and fear mongering working their listeners into a frenzy about Obama; a modern day Hitler indoctrinating your children and destroying the country, death panels, killing grandma, taking your rights away...

    Now you absolve the perpetrators of any responsibility and try and blame the Left?


    Mark in Tigard

  3. "Target" and "Bulls-eye" are not political context. they are words of war! Doesn't matter whose using them, they mean the same thing.

  4. Who was absolved? The article clearly called the shootings a tragedy perpetrated by an unstable "left-wing pothead" (btw-
    Called one by those who knew him best and observed his behavior) with delusions of grandeur. But Oh no, he had to be some co-conspirator in a right-wing plot.

    AS far as has been reported, the guy had no ties with anyone.
    Just another sad unhinged loner.

    The political rhetoric has been below the pale on both sides of the aisle throughout the last 2 adminastrations. Remember
    Bush as Hilter, war criminal, baby killer, etc.

    No-ones to blame for this tragedy except the moron who pulled the trigger.

    Craig in Lacey


    A propaganda network has been set up that targets politicians. If a target sneezes , instantly
    the word goes out. The sneeze is dismantled, dissected, studied and analyzed. Then it
    is passed on to the propagandists who twist the sneeze into the most unfavorable light to
    the public against the target and then this goes out into the network. The target is called
    names , ridiculed and how the target sneezed is criticized with truths, half truths and out
    and out lies. When the target tries to talk to the citizens about important issues that affect
    the country he is met with questions about the sneeze and has to explained why and how he chose
    to sneeze the way that he sneezed and defend himself against the accusations of the propagandists.
    This is character assassination and is more effective than in a dictatorship where the
    target would be jailed or killed because it can defended by saying that it is free speech.
    Actually it is free speech without responsibility and obligation to the listener to be fair and
    factual and with an agenda to promote hatred and fear and destroy the target and gain control
    of the country with an oppressive ideology that favors corporations and destroys the free
    enterprise system and democracy.

  6. The sneeze is the way of Christ.

  7. Oh, and who could forget "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants." We heard that very often at Tea Party rallies and they openly packed guns. Never heard anything even close to that violent from the left.

    Even when Bush was in office, I marched in the anti war rallies and never saw a single gun or heard any talk of violence if we didn't get our way.

  8. Craig,

    Did blood tests on the perp reveal marijuana use? Last I heard no such information had been released by police.

    The "person who knew him best" is a woman, who claims to have gone to high school with him (does anyone know if this has actually been verified), and by her own admission last saw or spoke to him four years ago. The idea that this is definitive proof that he is in your words a "left-wing pothead" is quite a stretch.

    Let me ask you this, if you had posted a map targeting Rep Gifford's district with gun sights, if you had introduced this map to your followers with a tweet to "don't retreat, reload", wouldn't you regret those actions in light of current events? The Daily Kos commenter, who Gary attacks in his post has expressed regret for his intemperate words, words that in no way rise to the level of violent rhetoric that Palin's did. Why is it too much to ask the Palin do the decent thing and issue a similar statement of regret?

  9. 9:57
    you may ask, but she is under no obligation to give you one.
    Heated political rhetoric has been a staple of this country from the beginning, it ain't gonna change for right or left.

    No I would feel no regret, except that some idiot who doesn't know communism from fascism,who was known by many people to be crazy, was able to walk into a store and buy a firearm.

    Why was that? Because the left cries foul over involuntary commitment. That's what I regret. Your velvet gloves and rose tinted glasses are what allowed this to happen.

    Again I reierate, this guy had no verifible ties with any organization, just another loner out for glory.

    Craig in Lacey


Faith and Freedom welcomes your comment posts. Remember, keep it short, keep it on message and relevant, and identify your town.