Letter: Too many don't treasure lifeĀ 

After the horrific suicide murders on 9/11, Hollywood was told to tone down the violence in its movies and television programs for a few months in lieu of this national tragedy. Tom Cruise’ new movie, Jack Reacher, filled with violence, postponed airing this week in view of the tragic murders of 20 children and six adults. Yet in a few months’ time the evening entertainment of murder and sexual perversity will again be the daily evening entertainment for most Americans.

Many asked why Adam Lanza murdered his victims in cold blood. Was he filled with fear, hate and despair? Was he mentally deranged? Was he possessed by demons? The answer is yes to all of these. What then is the solution? Many think it is through better mental health care and the control of guns. These would help alleviate some of the symptoms, but not the cause of these unfathomable crimes. In the most recent available statistics, 2010, 32,885 people were killed in car accidents and 2.24 million injured. Thirty-one percent of these involved intoxicated drivers. Should we outlaw cars and alcohol? The solution to the Newtown tragedy is bringing God back into our schools and workplaces. Then we will not find murder and sexual perversity entertainment and will truly treasure life as a gift from God, and thus protect all life from the moment of conception to natural death.

Unrelated but very relevant to this unfathomable tragedy, are the words of Mother Teresa of Calcutta: “I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child — a direct killing of the innocent child — murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? .... Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching the people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. That is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.”

President Barack Obama spoke to our nation: “The majority of those who died today were children. They had their entire lives ahead of them — birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own.” It was unconscionable to me that a man who voted for partial birth abortion and against the Children Born Alive Act, and who promotes homosexuality and sexual perversity, would be the man to give eulogy to these precious children. Many citizens cling to guns to protect themselves and their families. However, truth (veritas) is more powerful than any sword, and the Baby Jesus in the manger conquered evil by sacrificial love. Love has and always will conquer evil. Viva Cristo Rey!

Have a holy and blessed Christmas!

Richard Mahoney

respiratory therapist

Baton Rouge