By Major General Jerry R. Curry,
US Army Retired, D. Min.
n 2011 more than 30,000 people died from gun injuries in the United States. America seems to have a fascination with violence which has crept into all aspects of our everyday life and has spawned a culture of violence. As a nation, we seem to have lost our societal bearings, our sense of what is right and acceptable compared to what is wrong and unacceptable. We have developed a culture of personal and collective violence. It is easy to blame this change on things which are inert such as assault rifles which, if left to their own devices, are harmless.
It is not an assault rifle problem or the size of a gun clip that is the problem. Violence has become a failed societal cultural problem. Once human life was safeguarded in America and treated as sacred, was respected and honored. But forty years ago a new day dawned, one in which the taking of human life became so routine and casual that it fell into the “commonplace” category. Why? Because that was where American society and the Supreme Court of the United States willed it to be.
That day murder became matter-of-fact. Societal pressure took it out of the “Thou shalt not” category of the Ten Commandments and grouped it together with lesser things. To be sure this grouping was disapproved of by many American citizens, but not enough of them to force society to reject this new attitude toward murder.
Through the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, the Supreme Court consecrated the word “change”; and American civilization started fatally decaying the very day, hour and minute that Roe v. Wade became the law of the land.
At the time of its adoption, arguments in its favor seemed to make at least a little sense — very little. Unborn babies were declared to be property, part of a woman’s body; and women were given the right to dispose of their property in any way they saw fit, much like the Dred Scott decision. The Court decided that only the pregnant woman herself could legally decide whether or not to terminate the life of her unborn property.
Since then DNA has been discovered; and DNA proves beyond all doubt that an unborn baby is in no way part of the mother’s body. Therefore, the unborn child is not property of the mother and the mother has no legal rights over the body of the unborn baby. So the mother cannot legally decide whether or not to abort her unborn child.
Back in 1973 the Supreme Court changed the word “murder” to a less offensive word, to the word “abortion.” Since then the word murder had been considered to be evil; and the word abortion has been considered to be good.
According to the Bible, the judges who originally decided Roe v. Wade and those who continue to sustain that decision will burn in Hell for eternity. For abortion is nothing more than Court sanctioned and legalized murder. If society won’t safeguard a child’s life within the sanctity, safety and security of a mother’s womb, it probably will not safeguard that same life when it is walking down a neighborhood street.
Someone once said, “Nothing is finally settled until it is settled right.” That is probably why the Roe v. Wade decision is still the subject of such open, sometimes violent debate throughout the land. “We The People” will never accept it because deep down we believe that the Court’s ruling is wrong and more and more people are speaking up and saying that it is a wrong decision. Therefore, the Court may one day be forced, by the American people, to reverse and overrule the Roe v. Wade decision.
If Pope Francis wants to make a maximum impact on restoring justice to American society and preserving it throughout the world, one of the things he might consider is coming to Washington and getting America’s Catholic Supreme Court members in line with the church’s teachings.
Then perhaps the Justices could start undoing the awful wrong the Court has perpetrated on our civilization. It is time the great sin of Court sanctioned murder, which is called abortion, was lifted from the nation by declaring the Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision null and void.
The Pope could start by telling the Justices that the Court has sinned a great sin and that they need to confess their sins, ask for forgiveness and let him absolve them. Perhaps then the evil curse of violence which has settled down over this land could be lifted and America will once more regain its historical, societal and cultural footing.
General Jerry Ralph Curry (D.Min.) is a decorated combat veteran, Army Aviator, Paratrooper and Ranger. He enlisted in the Army as a Private and retired a Major General. For nearly forty years he and his wife Charlene have served this country both in the military and while he was a Presidential political appointee.