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[195] DC Shooting

See if I have this straight. The now late James Hodgkinson decided to shoot Rep. Steve Scalise because he did not agree with the Republican agenda.

No. Because he found the Republican agenda evil. Immoral.

And therein lies the problem.

When people make a political agenda into what amounts to the equivalent of a catechism, a setting out of the basic truths and ethics of the universe, no one is safe. That is not to say that there are not religious worldviews that inform people’s assessment of a political party’s stance. There are profound, religiously-driven differences over matters like abortion, capital punishment, and similar issues. It is to say that making a political agenda—and labeling all those well-meaning people who support it–as essentially evil, turns a civil nation into a vigilante culture.

And that is what we in the nation now. Trump is not someone with whom many disagree. He is regarded by millions as an evil man, worthy of being beheaded. It is not much better on the other side. I suspect there are more than a few on the right who harbor homicidal thoughts about Sen. Schumer and Rep. Pelosi. Not because they do not agree with these people, but because they see them as essential immoral—evil.

We are in dangerous times, especially when so few respect a catechism with two Great Commandments, given by the Prince of Peace. DC

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