The Jan. 2 editorial “Getting out of the death business?” addressed the death penalty, speaking of opportunistic politicians, justice as opposed to revenge and imperfect justice. Laws prescribe death for certain crimes. Sometimes innocents have been found guilty. Can we defend a death penalty which cannot be corrected? Life should be valued.
A movement growing is “Black Lives Matter,” stemming from the shooting of young black men by white police. The concern is the loss of black lives. Life should be valued.
Yearly 30,000 die from gunshots. Two out of three are suicides. The president has just announced making available $500 million to address serious mental illness. He also issued some directives on the sale of firearms because we must protect our children. Life should be valued.
American sanctuary cities protect illegal aliens/undocumented workers from federal agents trying to enforce immigration law.
To accomplish “planned parenthood,” that organization provides counseling and contraceptives. If those fail, success can be achieved by abortions. During fiscal year 2015, 323,999 legal abortions far outnumbered 2,024 adoption referrals. Calling it a woman’s right to choose, to care for her “own body,” sounds much better than a legal right to premeditated murder of the innocent life in the womb. Life does not begin at birth but at conception. Why don’t these lives matter?
Total the lives lost by gunshots plus exonerated death penalty occurrences plus illegals protected. The number pales compared to more than 57 million lives snuffed out during the 43 years since the Roe v. Wade decision. Abortion has been legalized/supported by members of all three branches of government, is part of a political party platform and is performed by a national organization highly funded by taxpayer dollars ($553 million in 2014). The obvious question is why do we promote, fight for, and guarantee the inalienable right to life for some while denying it to others? Where are the masses speaking for innocents without voice? Which human lives do we value?
January is Sanctity of Human Life month.
We are a secular culture, inviting God to leave and take with him his 10 commandments. In the meantime, when a crisis occurs it’s acceptable to pray. One wonders why God should listen to us when we choose not to listen to him.
Gail Harding lives in Candler.