- - Sunday, October 11, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

A key statement in R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.’s “Culture of death” (Web, Oct. 6) is that the “current phenomenon of mass killings began in the middle-1960s … ” Wasn’t it in 1963 that the atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hare (in Murray v. Curlett) succeeded in getting the U.S. Supreme Court to ban religion in American public schools? And does not the increase in random mass murders not correlate with the increasingly anti-religious nature of our society?

Of course, there are many who will vigorously deny this relationship, but it is time for Nineveh to renounce its wanton ways. Evil takes many forms. An interesting statement in the Jonah story is from the Lord: “And should I not be concerned over Nineveh, the great city, in which there are persons who cannot distinguish their right hand from their left … ” Is this perhaps an oblique suggestion that there are many folks, including professionals, who disguise the presence of evil? A list of ‘crazies’ is merely a diversion; it not a solution at all.

RUSSELL BREIGHNER

Arlington


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