Voice: The slippery slope

March 26, 2001

In light of the recent school shootings, let's see, I think it started when Madeline Murray O'Hare complained she didn't want any prayer in our schools.

And we said "OK."

Then someone said, "You better not read the Bible in school. It says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal and love your neighbor as yourself. That would be unconstitutional!"

And we said, "OK."

Dr. Benjamin Spock said, "We shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem."

And we said, "An expert should know what he's talking about." So we said "OK, we won't spank them anymore."

Then someone said, "Teachers and principals better not discipline our children when they misbehave." And the school administrators said, "No faculty member in this school better touch a student when they misbehave because we don't want any bad publicity, and we surely don't want to be sued."


And we accepted their reasoning.

Then someone said, "Let's let our daughters have abortions if they want, and they won't even have to tell their parents." And we said, "That's a grand idea." Then some wise school board member said, "Since boys will be boys and they're going to do it anyway, let's give our sons all the condoms they want, so they can have all the fun they desire, and we won't have to tell their parents."

And we said, "That's another great idea."

Then some of our top elected officials said, "It doesn't matter what we do in private as long as we do our jobs." And agreeing with them, we said, "It doesn't matter to me what anyone, including the president, does in private as long as I have a job and the economy is good."

And then someone said, "Let's print magazines with pictures of nude women and call it wholesome, down-to-earth appreciation for the beauty of the female body."

And we said, "We have no problem with that."

And someone else took that appreciation a step further and published pictures of nude children and then stepped further still by making the pictures available on the Internet.

And we said, "They're entitled to their free speech."

And the entertainment industry said, "Let's make TV shows and movies that promote profanity, violence and illicit sex. And let's record music that encourages rape, drugs, murder, suicide and satanic themes."

And we said, "It's just entertainment. It has no adverse effect and nobody takes it seriously anyway, so go right ahead."

So now we're asking ourselves "Why don't we object to this stuff? Why don't we seem to know right from wrong? Why doesn't it bother children to kill — strangers, their classmates, and/or themselves?" Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out.

I think it has a great deal to do with what God said, "You reap what you sow!"

So if "we" let this happen, when are "we" going to take a stand to stop it? Is there any way to reverse this slippery slide? Oh God, I hope so. I pray it's not too late.


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