People across the nation took time yesterday to pray for the victims and families of the shooting in Tucson.
While people grieved and prayed, the press and some politicians were hard at work, not missing the opportunity of the crises, as President Obama's former Chief of Staff defined such things.
The New York Times editorialized, "It is legitimate to hold Republicans and particularly their most virulent supporters in the media responsible for the gale of anger that has produced the vast majority" of violent threats against politicians.
"Arizona," the Times says, "should now lead the nation in quieting the voices of intolerance, demanding an end to the temptation of bloodshed and imposing sensible controls on it's instruments."
Translated, that means silence those who disagree with the far left and seize this terrible lose of life to advance gun control.
Not to be outdone, Joel Connelly, columnist for our own on-line newspaper, the Seattle PI reached back to create a rather long list of violent crimes against liberal politicians and activists going back to the horrific murder of Seattle attorney Chuck Goldmark and his family on Christmas Eve, 24 years ago, saying, "The killer was a deranged guy, emboldened by far-right hate literature."
Connelly proceeds to cast blame for this present darkness in society toward Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, the Tea Party, especially the group over in Asotin, and even "I'm not sure what I believe" Michael Steele, the GOP Chairman.
These kinds of folks, Connelly says, should not have a public voice and should be "ostracized from American public life."
Connelly concludes, "A bit of soul searching is in order---if these people have souls."
Ostracized? If these people have souls?
"Words have consequences," he says.
He says he is quoting Winston Churchill: "Those who sow the wind reap the whirlwind."
Actually he is quoting the biblical prophet Hosea (8:7). Hosea's teaching means every action has consequences. My point exactly.
The moral decline in America did not happen overnight. It has happened slowly.
As life has been devalued, freedoms eroded and core Judeo-Christian values deleted from our culture, we have created a new unstable relativistic cultural environment. One where every man is a law unto himself and his personal opinion can be valued more than another's life.
Indeed, Mr. Connelly, we have sown to the wind and we are reaping a whirlwind.
As the far left press opines and discusses what should be done with those who dissent or disagree with the secular left agenda, Rep. Robert Brady, D- Pa., is now planning to introduce legislation that will make it a federal crime to use "language or symbols that could be perceived as threatening or inciting violence against a federal official or member of Congress."
I must ask. Whose perception will be used to enforce this new law?
There is a better way. The media blaming those who disagree with their personal liberal views will never solve the problems of life in 2011, nor will the opportunistic legislation of Representative Brady.
It is a moral problem. From the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and the Congress' that followed, this country has come safely through many toils and snares because of our Christian consensus.
George Washington said it well, "Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that the national morality can prevail to the exclusion of religious people."
A culture built on biblical values is far better than a culture built on moral relativism.
May God help us.
Faith and Freedom
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