Like all right-thinking Americans, I was appalled by the tragedy that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut that took the lives of multiple innocents, most of them children. And, like all Americans, I have followed with interest the resurrection of the national debate on gun banishment. But unlike most in our national press corps, I have tried to look past the issue of the tool that was used in this horrendous crime and more toward the root of its cause. It is often difficult in an emotional crisis such as the Newtown murders to simplify the basis of such a tragedy to a single cause. In this case, however, I think it can be done with a degree of certainty. This wasn’t my belief early on, although I did tend to see a foundational flaw which could trigger such a crime. In fact, it wasn’t until I read of Walter Reed Hospital’s ban on the Bible that the concept of a single cause began to jell.
The tragedy at Newtown was not the first of its kind, nor will it be the last, regardless whether our constitutional right to keep and bear arms is banished. Law abiding citizens do not misuse guns. Criminnals who respect no law, do that just fine. The questions isn’t whether ignoring another basic right afforded to us by the constitution will protect us from ourselves, but whether the open attack by our government on the first of the bill of rights – freedom of religion – hasn’t served as the cause for this tragedy. I argue that it has.
The banishment of religion from the public discourse (and you can read here, The Banishment of the practice of Christianity) up to and including removing the Ten Commandments from court house lawns, has spawned a generation which adheres to a philosophy of “no line in the sand”; which adheres to no standard of morality other than its own. Lincoln said, “The philosophy in the school room of one generation becomes the philosophy of government in the next”. In 1962, the US Supreme Court ruled that prayer in the classroom was unconstitutional. In essence, that after 184 years of doing this, we were now incapable of praying in the classroom without harm to ourselves and our children. This ruling was not based on the constitution, of course. How could it be? Instead, it was based on a letter written by Thomas Jefferson. And now, 50 years later, we watch as our children are gunned down in the classroom even as we prevent them from praying to God. Nevertheless, we ignore our own culpability in this tragedy and argue that it must be the gun that is responsible. We do this even as we allegedly clamor for our politicians to take away yet another constitutional freedom that we apparently can’t handle. And we do all of this at the same time a US Army hospital is banning the Bible from its premises, and from the hands of wounded US soldiers who fought for the constitutional right to read that same Bible. Admirably, Walter Reed has rescinded its decision, but only after the outcry of some in Congress.
Many would say that the tragedy in Newtown is a senseless one. I disagree. In light of our rejection of God, the murder of our children in Newtown makes perfect sense. In our quest to become increasingly secular, we will watch as more children die before our eyes.
These are the fruits of fifty years of removing God from the public discourse.
I think Lincoln was right. Don’t you?