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Society’s degraded morals and civility

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By Jim Thompson
HCP columnist

Of course, the mass shooting in the Texas school last week was tragic, horrific and heartbreaking. All words we have heard before and will likely hear again – unless schools get serious about security.

The other domestic headline grabber this spring has been the pending ruling by the Supreme Court on Roe v. Wade, an issue so well-known I need say nothing else to explain it. The subset to this subject is the Archbishop of San Francisco denying Speaker Pelosi’s access to communion in his Diocese.

In the last 50 years, abortionists have gone to courts and legislatures many times, succeeding in blocking protestors of their activities from even being on or near the properties where they conduct their business. If schools were only as vigorous in protecting their properties and structures (and children).

When children are in the womb, abortion proponents actively defend their practices with their extremists even saying their work should extend to just beyond the womb. Their arguments for continuing their practices relate to feelings, freedom of choice (solely for the would-be mothers) and are emotion (not morality) based.

When it comes to the mass killings in schools, the arguments are directed toward the instruments used, namely guns. The degradation of society’s social morals (the exact same conditions that led abortions to being accepted to start with), finds society too often being silent when it comes to school shootings.

As this writer sees it, one main difference between these deeds is their public exposure (abortions are done behind closed doors, school shootings are out in the open) and the age of the victims (pre-birth or school-age children).

The politicians who scream to preserve the right to abortion are often the same ones that rant against guns.

It would be absurd to argue that abortions are caused by forceps, surgical suction machines or saline injections. Everyone knows these are not the root cause of abortions. It is a human-based action, just like that of the shooters in the school scenarios.

If you think I am dismissing the school shootings with this comparison, you would be incorrect. However, you might want to rethink what an abortion really is. It just may be that you are dismissing abortion as no big deal. I see both activities equally horrifying and immoral. I am sure if abortions were as public as school shootings, you would likely agree.

These issues are not about guns nor forceps; they are about society’s degraded morals and civility. And they are more (uncomfortably) related to each other than most dare to think.

Jim Thompson, formerly of Marshall, is a graduate of Hillsboro High School and the University of Cincinnati. He resides in Duluth, Ga. and is a columnist for The Highland County Press. He may be reached at

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