As most of America, I sit in disbelief and shock of the mass murder that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The murder of 20 innocent children and six teaching staff members is insane and plain evil.
My first response was to express to my children the love I have for them. Yet, I could feel the pain of those parents thousands of miles away as tears stored up in my own eyes. I kept asking myself “Why?” and “How?” in my own mind.
While it was difficult to imagine any excuse for such an act or the numerous acts of violence we have seen recently, there are reasons why evil has come upon us as a nation. Some may try to blame guns, but this goes far beyond guns. It is something that goes into the inner soul of America that has allowed these criminals and murderers to create such hideous acts.
We have become a society that has become more dehumanized and “godless” in our culture. We have glorified violence as part of our daily lives, embracing evil as fun and entertaining.
The moral decay and lack of respect for authority in our nation is a reflection of its leaders. This immorality began with the removal of God from society and prayer from our school. In 1962, the year prayer was removed from our public schools, top educators listed among their top complaints children standing out of line, not putting paper in the waste paper basket, and chewing gum in class. By comparison, just recently the top educators listed among their complaints gang warfare, teen pregnancy, drugs, assault, and threats against teachers and other students and murder.
In a 2010 Gallup Poll, 76 percent of Americans indicated a belief that America’s moral values were declining. Many of these moral values are instilled in the family, school and church, but our society has placed less interest on family, and the church, which has caused a drop in moral values in our society.
Our children do not know wrong from right, as many of our leaders live a life of immorality and corruption. We have become a nation that glorifies what is wrong and looks down upon what is right. In the Bible, it is written in Isaiah 5:20, “Woe unto them that call evil good and good evil.”
We have lowered moral standards and values in our society, and as a result, America is reaping unthinkable evil.
Our nation needs prayer to recover and God in order to restore our moral standards and values in society once again.
• Editor’s note: Frank Aquila is the president of the South San Joaquin Republicans.