Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Reflections on our perverse view of children

As I mark with sadness the anniversary of the travesty known as "Roe v.. Wade", a gross usurpation of the power of the legislature to make law and the 10th amendment, I thought of how perverse our culture's view of children really is.

A madman shoots twenty children in a suburban school and the nation rightly mourns and weeps, at least for a few hours until the political posturing begins.

Meanwhile in Chicago and other cities around the nation, young people, children in fact, murder one another with impunity and few people care.

The man we inaugurated as our President yesterday who spoke forcefully about "doing something" and protecting our children at the same time embraced the culture of death that transforms tens of millions of children into "choices" to be disposed of at will. The death of twenty children at the hands of a man wielding a gun is a tragedy, the death of 56,000,000 children at the hands of men wielding scalpel and suction tubes is cherished as a sign of how far we have progressed.

Yet many of the same people who carry signs protesting abortion shrug off the deaths of children around the world, victims of the "war on terror". Freedom isn't free and all that.

A child killed in a suburban school is a tragedy. A black child shot by another black child in Chicago is a statistic. A child killed in the womb is a murder victim or a choice depending on your politics. A Pakistani child killed in a drone strike is collateral damage, an acceptable loss to preserve our way of life.

Ours is a culture that feeds and thrives on death, especially the death of children. If that doesn't make you weep, something is broken inside of you.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

well said Arthur, and so very very sad indeed.

Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

Todd

co_heir said...

We only care about those things that make us feel good about ourselves. If children fit into that, then we care. If not, it's someone else's issue. It's selfishness.