O me, what a week! Lots o` things going on in the socio-political spheres of this nation…
The first of which being the “Virginia Tech Massacre” – a shooting that took place in the morning hours of this past Monday (04.16.2007) on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Seung Hui Cho, an English major and Senior at the university, murdered thirty-two people and injured seventeen more before committing suicide. It is considered the largest “shooting spree” in modern American history and worst such crime to take place on a school campus – worse even than the Columbine High School Massacre in 1999 or that of Charles Whitman from the Tower at the University of Texas in 1966.
In addition, this week marked the twelfth anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing (04.19.1995) and the eighth anniversary of the aforementioned Columbine Massacre (04.20.1999).
On the subject of mass death and crimes against humanity, Oklahoma governor Brad Henry vetoed state bill #714, legislation that restricts abortions in state-owned facilities or by state employees – in effect preventing any future abortions in the state of Oklahoma from being paid for by taxpayers.
Henry vetoed the bill despite its bipartisan authorship and resounding majority passage through both the House of Representatives and Senate.
Furthermore, physicians who work at state facilities would have been prohibited from encouraging women to have abortions unless it was considered a life-saving procedure. Based upon the testimonies of my wife and women with whom I am friends, many Obstetric and Gynecological physicians are all too hasty to encourage (some more subtle than others) the abortive procedure.
State Representative Lisa Billy (R – Purcell) responded to Gov. Henry`s veto in a statement which mentioned her own experiences with such a medical practioner:
…a doctor at an Oklahoma City state-funded hospital tried to talk her into aborting her son, Nahinli, when she was 22 weeks pregnant. The reason: The doctor claimed her son had “potential” to have Down Syndrome.
“He tried to make me feel like some uneducated ‘hick’ because I didn’t want to kill my child,” Billy said. “It was a horrible experience.”
She ignored the doctor’s advice and her healthy son does not have Down Syndrome.
In a somewhat ironic twist, the Supreme Court of the United States brought the country one step further out of the barbaric darkness of the culture of death by upholding a federal ban on partial-birth abortive Infanticide. By a 5-to-4 decision, the Supreme Court found that the statute is Constitutional.
Even in the midst of these tragedies of insane mass-murder, I wonder how many of the mourners are aware that 4,000 infants are murdered each day in this country. Legally, and protected under the laws of this so-called “Christian” nation.
“…a heap of broken images, where the sun beats;
and the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief;
and the dry stone no sound of water. Only
there is shadow under this red rock,
(Come in under the shadow of this red rock)…
…and I will show you something different from either
your shadow at morning striding behind you
or your shadow at evening rising to meet you…
I will show you fear in a handful of dust…”
From where have we come, to where are we going?
What is to come of it all?