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Is it too late, America? Another slaughter of innocents

EDITORIAL
February 18. 2018 1:29AM

People walk next to crosses placed in a park to commemorate the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Fla.,Feb. 16, 2018. (REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)



Why the repeated instances of mass shootings in our schools? Why the horrific stories of entire families of children being half-starved and held in chains by their so-called parents? Why the increasing murders of law enforcement officers?

There is no one answer. There has always been evil in our world and always will be. But the moral code (dare we say the 10 Commandments?) that previous generations of Americans were taught is little in evidence today. A God-fearing people was once respected in the public square. Now it is the subject of scorn and derision in popular culture - when it isn't being attacked outright in our public institutions.

The coarsening of American life began decades ago and is now acceptable. Vulgarity, pornography, immorality are no longer winked at, they are held up as "freedom of expression.''

Abortion, at any stage and in any form, is routine. "Assisted suicide'' advances. Politicians who shrug off their own moral looseness as "locker room'' hijinks are cheered. The family unit, traditional marriage, and Judeo-Christian values are mocked.

And we still wonder why impressionable teenagers become depressed and see no future? We wonder why they turn to drugs or pick up whatever weapon is at hand and massacre their fellow or former students?

It may simply be too late for America. We pray that it is not so.


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