Reader says modern culture to blame for Newtown shooting

To the Editor:

Gun restrictions? We have restrictions and control in our schools. The children we are raising do not have the influence of God, the Bible, and prayer experience in their precious, young, vulnerable lives. These are now forbidden in our schools.

Nativity scenes and Menorahs are removed from the public square, Bible references are excluded from government buildings. People that quote scripture and promote morality are openly ridiculed. We now “reap what we sow.” (See Gal. 6:7-8.) It has been a minority of mislead individuals that has brought this upon us.

The German Nazis restricted these same spiritual things, forcing the people to relinquish to the state total say in the education of their little ones. Guns were restricted, the populace had no means to protect themselves from the expansion of governmental control, and churches were restricted and minimized.

Hitler rose to power and along with Mussolini in Italy and Hirohito in Japan consorted together to conquer the world, all with similar tactics, making the state the supreme spiritual power and brainwashing the nation’s youth. At the same time America was disarming itself at the behest of the pacifist minority. I am 77, a proud veteran of the Korean era, and have seen this develop over the years.

Although I do not care for large government, it has a place regarding the mentally challenged. It seems to be about 20 years ago that mental health hospitals were shut down; ironically, the one in Newtown was closed. Now our governor is talking about reducing, again, social services in Connecticut. Is this the direction we should be headed, or should we be expanding services? More “reaping and sowing.”

Where are we headed as a nation? Yes, we are deeply saddened over the horrendous occurrence in Newtown, but have we as a people brought much of this on ourselves? We must ask why these episodes are happening with increased frequency and greater violence.

This was totally foreign to my generation. Our present culture glorifies sex. Our entertainment venues are full of lewdness and violence. The clergy refuses to condemn sin. This is not pleasing to the Lord.

Has God forsaken us? I have hope for our nation, but it will not be simple. We need a spiritual awakening similar to what happened in the 18th century. It was a movement that was a forerunner of the American Revolution and had roots here in New England in the Connecticut River valley. God can do it through us if we yield to Him.

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” Prov. 14:34

David R. Lee

Stratford, CT

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