I am saddened and sickened by the constant news of the killings in Chicago. If we want this madness to stop, we have only two real alternatives.
The first is to tightly control everything that goes on in our society: police on every block ’round the clock, frequent random searches of cars and persons, numerous traffic checkpoints in higher crime areas, and surveillance cameras everywhere.
But our country started with a war over liberty. And liberty will not work if the people do not have the restraints within themselves to do what is right.
Since our country was first colonized in the 1600s, through its official birth at the end of the 18th century until the middle of the 20th century, our public schools taught about God and our responsibility to Him and each other. The Bible was taught, and prayers were said.
Then in the middle of the 20th century, this was found to have all been unconstitutional, though it had been in common practice for about 180 years after our country’s founding with the full support of our country’s founders, the ones who wrote this First Amendment that apparently now forbids it.
Our country has worked hard to scrub all mention and sign of God from our culture, and then we wonder why people act with so little self-restraint or regard for others.
The Bible taught us to love our neighbors, and now we are taught to merely tolerate them. Which is another way of saying to ignore them.
Without God, we have to keep making more and more laws to try to stop the actions of people who live only for themselves because they have little reason to care for others. And where laws make certain actions harder to act out, intent malevolents will only seek out new ways to perpetuate their violence. We worry about guns. In other parts of the world, the weapons of choice are explosives.
The guns are the symptoms and not the real problem. Until we return to “one nation under God,” we have no hope of stemming the violence without becoming a police state.
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