WorthReadingBy Matt Barber
Clearly, what our nation needs is more â€œseparation of church and state.â€ If those obnoxious, right-wing Bible thumpers would simply quit bellowing about the need for revival â€“ a return to the deeply held Judeo-Christian principles embraced by our Founding Fathers â€“ America would be a much better place.
Secular-humanism â€“ thatâ€™s the ticket! We need more reliance on man and less on God.
At the time of this writing, Iâ€™m sitting just a few miles from a Century 16 theatre in Aurora, Colo., where, in the early morning hours of July 20, 2012, a deranged, fame-starved gunman shot dead at least 12 innocent people and wounded scores more at a midnight showing of â€œThe Dark Knight Rises,â€ a Batman sequel.
One of the victims killed was a 3-month-old baby. Another was 6. I wonâ€™t even share the gutless dirt bagâ€™s name because thatâ€™s exactly what he wants.
I had an entirely different column prepared for this week, but, in light of this horrific event, its subject matter seemed trivial and inappropriate.
Like most decent Americans, I am sickened today â€“ mournful in a way words cannot describe. Please join me in the coming hours, days and weeks in, yes, praying for the victims, their families and the state of our lost union.
Itâ€™s times like this when weâ€™re reminded that, when the smoke clears, weâ€™re left with our relationships alone: family, friends, prayer and, most importantly, a deep, childlike need for Godâ€™s love, mercy and comfort.
Still, we shouldnâ€™t be surprised by this mass murder. In fact, if weâ€™re honest, weâ€™re not surprised. Weâ€™ve become almost numb to such reports â€“ desensitized to what only a few short decades ago would have been unimaginable. Although no one is to blame for this manâ€™s objectively evil actions but he alone, those actions are, sadly, a dreadful sign of our desperate times.
Today, children are reared in a culture that glorifies â€“ even worships â€“ death and violence. But brutal crimes such as this are not the cause of our culture of death; they are merely a symptom.
In an opinion piece penned for the Telegraph in 2008, columnist Jenny McCartney used a prior Batman movie, â€œThe Dark Knight,â€ to illustrate, in a cursory way, our rising death-culture problem. In many ways her words were eerily prophetic and sickly ironic.
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