In Charles C. Haynes’ June 18 column (“ ‘Gruesome’ images ban threatens free speech”), he mentions the recent refusal of the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Colorado appeals court decision banning anti-abortion activists from displaying gruesome images of mutilated fetuses because they thought that children (i.e., those children who hadn’t been killed in the womb) should be protected from such sights.
That the high court would not take the case isn’t surprising.
Perhaps the justices can’t figure out how to square the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision to permit doctors to legally kill unborn children with the horror of seeing the end results of their handiwork.
Then there’s the executive branch, where we have a president who wept on TV when 20 children are massacred in Newtown, Conn., while giving full-throated support to the horrific murder of millions of children who one day would have otherwise attended the elementary schools of Newtown and elsewhere.
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With no moral standards upon which to base such judgments, we find ourselves at the whims of a society in which everyone does as seems right in his or her own eyes.
This has always been a recipe for chaos and disaster.
More chaotic, misguided and evil decisions will come as we continue to wander about in the dark. Hitler made his own rules and convinced a whole country to side with him — or else.
We’re following the same pattern as we fail to learn from history.
Leroy M. Young Jr.