January 31, 2013

Letter: Another world of innocence

On Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and murdered 20 first-graders and six adults. The whole world reacted. Horror and disbelief crowded out the images of Christmas and were replaced with the faces  of children with red, blond, black and brown hair whose noses were peppered with freckles and  whose open-mouthed smiles showed missing teeth.

Why did God, if there is a God, let this happen to these harmless, innocent and incredibly beautiful babies? And why was the killer allowed to murder himself and not face punishment, giving the grieving some satisfaction?

This monster invaded the world of children and the world of innocence. There is another world of innocence that is invaded every day. It is the world of the womb, which should be the safest place on Earth.

Hour by hour, the killings continue, and there are few voices raised in opposition, much less in anger. As a nation and a world we are not horrified by the slaying of these babies. Our nation even makes it legal to kill them at will. Has our national intellect moved so far to the left  that our pets rate better treatment than our children?

Instead of having two simple headings, of right and wrong, we have compartmentalized good and evil. Under right we have made subheadings like “If it suits me it is right” and “If it suits me it is wrong.” I am sorry, but that is the kind of logic that brought a madman to Newtown, Conn.

If we are horrified about the murders of first-graders, why are we not horrified about the murders of babies in the bodies of their mothers? We are responsible for the life we create. There is no difference in a man dressed in black killing first-graders than a man dressed in white killing the unborn. How can we cry out to God in rage about the killings in Newtown and blame him when he could just as easily say, “You have slaughtered 50 million babies through abortion. Why are you outraged about 20?”

For those who think the unborn child does not merit the protection of our nation, I ask you to consider the logic of an early Christian writer named Tertullian, who said, “He is a man who will be a man ... the entire fruit is already present in the seed.”

E.K. Cochran


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