Terrorizing the Innocent
November 2005By Joe Wall
Joe Wall is a veteran of World War II, and is now retired. He writes: "I have a close personal interest in this since my older brother, Eddie, had been a B-17 combat crewman in the 95th Bomb Group that led the October 10, 1943, attack on the city and the people of Münster, Germany. He did not take part in this mission, having completed his required 25 missions on September 27. He was one of the 23 percent of all those who had flown over Germany via England with him the previous April to survive combat. My brother told me a number of times that all his targets were strictly military ones. He was a soldier and a brave one (two Distinguished Flying Crosses and five Air Medals), not a murderer of women and children. Partly as a result of his example, I enlisted in the Army Air Force Combat Crew Training Program in September 1944, just a couple of months past my 17th birthday." This article is adapted with permission from the November 2000 issue of Voices for the Unborn (P.O. Box 617, Feasterville PA 19053; 215-355-5292; voicesfortheunborn.com).
How did we get here, anyway? "Here" being defined as the present sad -- no, the dreadful -- state of our country, of these United States. All we need do is look around to see how low America has sunk, morally, spiritually, politically, in every way, except materially.
Those of us who have attained the status of what is now called "senior citizen" can recall a far different time when most of the manifest evils of our time -- abortion, sexual promiscuity, homosexuality, drug addiction, pornography, political corruption -- were, if not completely absent, at least known to be evil, and so were vigorously fought by individual citizens, by civic groups, and by the various levels of government.
Today these hideous sins have not only become an integral part of our national life and culture but are defended and upheld by those who formerly fought against them. Indeed, people, such as prolifers, who still fight against them, are subject to arrests, beatings, and imprisonment.
How did the American people come to make this almost complete turnaround from those beliefs they had so firmly held, a scant half-century before?
There is an emerging body of literature that endeavors to explain this phenomenon; to supply reasons as to why it occurred, delving back into history for answers.
However, so far as I know, no one has considered the rejection, during World War II by the U.S. government and its military high command, of the Universal Moral Law in order to achieve certain pragmatic political goals (i.e., to win the war). Once this bill of goods (that you could ignore the Universal Moral Law to achieve your ends) was sold to the American people, it became increasingly easier for them to justify the acceptance of other manifestly evil policies.
Thus, we now have abortion, justified for all sorts of pragmatic reasons. The same is also true of homosexuality, promiscuity, divorce, drugs, etc. Once the principle is adopted that you can ignore the Universal Moral Law for pragmatic reasons, the door is wide open for all types of evils to enter. And, as we can see by simply reading the daily newspaper, from looking at the television, listening to the radio, this is exactly what has happened.
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