America's Moral Fabric Is Dry Rotting - And Response (2)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Dec. 14, 2012 is a terrible, tragic, and sad day for the families of those killed in Connecticut, and for our country.  The moral fabric of our nation is dry rotting and coming apart at the seams.  Many will cry out for more gun control, that is simply treating a symptom.  The disease is the moral degradation of our society.  When I was in school in the 1970’s, assault weapons were out there, I knew many who owned them; however, we did not read of such things happening then.  What has changed?  Let’s look at the evidence.

American society has accepted immoral behavior and treats it as normal.  The further our country strays from the Bible, the deeper we fall into an evil abyss where such events as children being killed at school take place.  Socialism breeds atheism.  If you disagree with this statement simply look at American history.  FDR’s “New Deal” started an accelerated drive towards socialism.  LBJ’s “Great Society” pushed the gas pedal a little further.  If you correlate these two events with the degradation of the American moral fabric, you will see an agreement in the timelines.  Our Founding Father’s never intended for the federal government to provide for every need, nor regulate every area of the citizen’s lives.  If that were the case, they would have included it the Constitution and immediately passed laws to enact the entitlement programs we have in abundance now.

Let us look at two Supreme Court rulings that can be correlated to this country’s slide into immorality.  In 1962 and 1963 the Supreme Court made rulings that ended prayer in public schools, prayer that had been happening since the founding of this country.  If our Founding Father’s believed as those too courts ruled, then prayer never would have started in public schools to begin with.  This ruling accelerated the movement away from God in our country.  In 1973 the Supreme Court legalized abortion in Roe v. Wade.  Suddenly, taking the life of an unborn baby, which had been illegal and repugnant to this country, was ruled to be a legal procedure.  This pushed the gas pedal a little further.  If the life of an unborn child is considered to have no significance, is it surprising that generations later some people place no significance on the life of an elementary school student?  Atheism breeds anarchy.  The only way for an atheistic and socialist society to maintain any level of order is to rule with an iron fist in every area of its citizen’s lives, look at the former USSR and present day China for excellent examples.

Why did this tragic event take place in Connecticut?  It happened because evil is taking control of this country and its people.  As God is pushed out, a void is created, a void that only evil can fill.  Look at the evidence that is plainly in front of our eyes and the reason these recent mass killings have taken place is evident.  Whose fault is it?  No, it is not Satan’s fault for he has been here for all of mankind’s history.  The blame is upon American Christians who have sat by quietly and fearfully watching these events take place.  Let us stand boldly and confidently against this attack upon our country by Satan, we have God on our side!  Christians, we can help abate such senseless killings by sharing the God who is being pushed out of our country.

Mark Harwood
Sale Creek

* * *

Some people will use any tragedy to push their superstitious agenda.

The problem is not a lack of "God" - it is a lack of control over just who can have firearms and ammunition. Try to solve that problem, in lieu of ineffectual prayer, and maybe you can actually do something about the situation.

Ike Conn

* * * 

I believe Mr. Harwood is much closer to the cause of the tragedy in Connecticut than Mr. Conn.  Whether you want to call it religion, morality, or just plain common sense, our culture has been steadily degraded for at least 50 years.   

Since then, our schools churn out dumbed-down students who are more proficient in video games than math, bad behavior by kids is protected by bad parents who seem to want to be their kids' best friends rather than role models, our government has weakened the family unit under the guise of compassion in the form of grandiose welfare programs, and political correctness has infected our society such that speaking truth can sometimes be construed as a hate crime.   And we wonder why kids such as Mr. Lanza go off the deep end and start shooting innocent people?   

Of course this is only my opinion, but I wish folks like Mr. Conn, who seem so sure of themselves, would start producing evidence that gun control measures would solve the problem.  It seems that all the empirical evidence shows just the opposite such that the places where the strictest gun controls exist are the very places where gun violence is the highest and vice versa.   

Guns have been part of the American experience since our founding, yet it is only in relative recent times that these inexplicable shootings have been taking place.  I am not so arrogant to think that I have the answers as to how curtail these meaningless acts of violence, but I am pretty sure that oppressive gun control measures are clearly not one of them.

Jim Nelson


Kudzu Incursion On Scenic Highway

I don't know if I am the only Lookout Mountain resident to notice that Scenic Highway is about to be one and a half lanes. Kudzu is encroaching over the guard rail and onto the road. In many places you can no longer tell where the road ends and the guard rail begins. A number of new and older drivers don't need to be guessing about where the road ends. Tommy Dickinson (click for more)

Send Your Opinions To Chattanoogan.com

We welcome your opinions at Chattanoogan.com. Email to news@chattanoogan.com . We require your real first and last name and contact information. There is no word limit, but if your article is too long you may lose your reader. Please focus more on issues than personal attacks. (click for more)

Bradley, 24, Charged In Death Of Boy, 3; Child Had Numerous Injuries After Left With Boyfriend; Mother Was In Workhouse

Justin Dale Bradley has been charged with criminal homicide in the death of a three-year-old child, who was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday and later died. Police said Dakota James Arndt had numerous injuries over his body. Authorities said Bradley, 24, is the boyfriend of the child's mother, Brianna Kwekel, who was in the Workhouse at the time. Ms. Kwekel was serving 48 ... (click for more)

Helen Burns Sharp Asks Recovery Of Legal Fees In Successful Black Creek TIF Lawsuit

Helen Burns Sharp, citizen activist who sued to try to stop a $9 million Black Creek Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and won, is seeking to have her legal expenses paid by the city and the developers. Ms. Sharp said in a court filing that her legal bills to attorney John Konvalinka are $74,427 thus far. Chancellor Frank Brown ruled in favor of Ms. Sharp, saying the Sunshine ... (click for more)

Worley-Powered Vols Clobber Utah State, 38-7, In Opener

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee, trying to snap out of the doldrums of four consecutive losing seasons, started its 2014 campaign in fine fashion Sunday night before a season opening sellout crowd of 102,445 that endured a heavy rain story 30 minutes prior to kickoff. And senior quarterback Justin Worley, who missed the final four games in 2013 after undergoing thumb surgery, was ... (click for more)

Lookouts Reach Southern League Northern Division Playoffs With Doubleheader Win Over Smokies

The Chattanooga Lookouts are now playoff bound after sweeping a double-header against the Tennessee Smokies  to clinch the Southern League North Division for the second half of the season. The first game of the double-header was backed by a masterful gem of a game thrown by the starter for the Lookouts, Steve Smith (W, 3-2). Smith dominated the Smokies' lineup from top ... (click for more)