Society dehumanizes unborn, promotes death
Feb. 27, 2013 at 8:02 p.m.
Updated Feb. 26, 2013 at 8:27 p.m.
Editor, the Advocate:
The senseless murders at Sandy Hook School in Connecticut defy understanding. What kind of society could spawn the individual in this and other mass shootings? Since 1999, 330 people have been killed in 12 separate such incidents. Last year, there were more than 500 murders in Chicago. What we are seeing is selective dehumanization of segments of our population. This technique was utilized by the Germans in the Holocaust, by the Japanese against the Chinese during the same period and in a similar way by the U.S. government in its dealings with the Native Americans during our expansion. It is much easier to kill another human being if you have first dehumanized them.
While I was mulling over these facts, the news came of the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. During the last 40 years, 55 million American human beings (well, they really aren't humans yet, just fetuses) have been killed (terminated is a kinder, gentler term). To put these numbers in perspective, 22-28 million military and 38-55 million civilians died in WWII. There are more than 13,000 abortions performed every year in Connecticut. If you throw out holidays and weekends, that means about 60 abortions were performed in Connecticut on Dec. 14, the day of the Sandy Hook shootings. This last statistic never made the evening news. I ask you again, what kind of society do we really have?
Carleton K. Thompson Jr., Hallettsville