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Another school shooting


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • May. 24, 2018 - 10:50 PM

Another school shooting, this time in Texas, and liberal Democrats and progressives re-voice their liturgies of gun control, the Second Amendment notwithstanding.

It is worth considering that Americans historically owned firearms since 1776, yet the issue of public shooting has come to the fore only in the last couple decades. Contributive factors are intense and graphic television, movies, and video games that inure people to violence.

But there is another dynamic. Progressives harangue the judiciary (and those unable to defend themselves) with their ideological nonsense of separation of church and state. The Constitution does not advocate this “separation.” Indeed, this idea derives from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson in 1802 to the Danbury Baptist Association. This is hardly law.

Nevertheless, activist judges have misinterpreted the First Amendment to mean any mention of religion or God to be “establishing religion.” To the weak-minded perhaps.

God and religion have been an integral part of American life for centuries. “At the time of the adoption of the Constitution and the Amendments, the universal sentiment was that Christianity should be encouraged. … That was the religion of the founders of the Republic and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants.” (House Judiciary Committee Report, March 27, 1854) Progressives abhor this because religion constrains one to accept responsibility. Indeed a defense today for many miscreants is “it’s not my fault,” “I was abused…”, and even “the Devil made me do it.”

“According to Aristotle, ‘Nature abhors a vacuum.’ Aristotle based his conclusion on the observation that nature requires every space to be filled with something.” The simple fact of the matter is that when God is removed from public life (classrooms, public forums, etc.) something will fill the vacuum, and that something is usually not munificent to society.

Entropy is a gradual decline into disorder and this is what we see happening in our society. Sexual orientation is whatever the individual thinks it is, biology notwithstanding. Sincerely held religious beliefs are irrelevant in spite of the First Amendment “prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

A better quote of Jefferson’s to remember is, “Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.” – Thomas Jefferson

Guns aren’t the problem, only a symptom of a Godless society suffering entropy from the Law of Unintended Consequences.

Ken Schaefer

Sharpsburg