To the editor:
The rage and mayhem that is now striking at America’s heartland is the product of a wicked thing that has been living in our midst for decades. Not weapons, but something that actually grew from a seed into a terrible destructive force over the past half-century, something that spread among us as we were being told to adapt to it, accept it, rejoice in it.
This thing began its work by destroying our families: it broke down marriages, separated children from their mothers and fathers, and began filling the void in their hearts with anger. In schools, these children were fed insipid half-truths and lies that taught them they are not designed and created by a loving magnificent God, but are probably the great-grandchildren of apes — if not evolved from garbage or slime — and they were forbidden prayer. Entertainment media began to promote and glorify the same self-destructive behaviors, minimizing marriage commitments and exchanging real love with something manipulative and selfish; they taught that the way to resolve anger was through violence. And so, within 30 years a generation of young people emerged who had not known real love or stable family life, or how to work out anger healthily, and who were finally taught that some problems should be fixed — horribly — by ripping apart an innocent child-to-be in her most defenseless stage of life. The Culture of Death was born.
This is what produced Colorado, and Newtown, and Charleston, and the countless school shootings by our youth. How many of the shooters were faith-filled teens living in a stable, loving family environment based on a life-long marriage commitment? Not one.
David J. Valone