LIFE IS PRECIOUS: So, What Should Be the Fate of Mass-Murderer James Holmes?

Written by Michael Cummings on July 17, 2015

There is darkness among us.

I know you, Clashers. I’m sure 99.99% of you believe life is precious. But what does that mean, to believe that the life we’re gifted with is precious? It’s pretty simple, actually.
If anything is precious, we protect it. We hold it above all things, give it priority, and let other things slide to keep it intact. I’ve said before that there is no life without conception so life must begin at conception. The mere definition of “conception” precludes any other meaning.

But not everyone believes what you and I believe.

Planned Parenthood says life begins when you take your first breath. They, and the person currently occupying the position of president of the United States, don’t believe you deserve your life if you haven’t sucked in that cool air, nor if you survive a botched attempt to prevent you from ever taking that breath. And this week we learned that PP doesn’t just like to kill babies, these people actually profit from selling organs harvested from the millions of bodies they discard.

In a traditional sense, once you are given life, you are free to go about your business without molestation from others. The only circumstance that could potentially end your life would be a death you caused. As it turns out, our great forbearers gave enough consideration to say that accidentally killing someone doesn’t mean you’ll also end up dead, but that a process must be in place to ensure only those who set out to commit murder shall receive the penalty of death.

Today, James Eagan Holmes was convicted of 165 counts of murder, conspiracy, and the like stemming from the night, in 2012 he stormed through the back door of a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado and murdered 12 and injured 70. Twelve, precious lives gone. Seventy, precious lives forever altered.

And today, in Chattanooga, TN we learned that four of our Marines were gunned down by a Muslim. From Fox News:

The gunman first shot up a recruiting center before driving to the Navy Operational Support Center and Marine Corps Reserve Center and killing four Marines before he was shot, authorities said. Sources told Fox News police chased the gunman from the recruiting center to the Center, where the killings took place.

Ladies and gentlemen, death and destruction surround us. While we thank God for life, we should also thank God that the cretinous waste of blood and oxygen that committed these murders is also dead so no one has to sit in a court room and relive the horrors that took place this day.

In life, there are consequences. We go 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, we get a speeding ticket. We don’t do our jobs, we get fired. We eat too much, we get fat. And yet, there are people who honestly believe that when you intentionally take a life, you should remain alive.

I am so tired of these utterly stupid and morally reprehensible people who believe people like James Eagan Holmes deserves to live the rest of his life as a ward of the state, that I believe we need to loudly and vehemently articulate two things our Judeo-Christian religions tell us that give us clarity:

1)The Hebrew translation in the sixth Commandment of “Do not kill” is actually “Do not murder.” Ending a life in defense for one’s self, family, neighbor, or country is not a sin. Know the difference.

2)Genesis 9:6 says: “Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made mankind.” Friends, we can’t keep murderers alive because of some false sense of compassion. Whatever lay beyond death must decide what to do with those who care so little for life.

Yes, there is darkness all around us. But we must keep our senses, and our faith, lest we get caught up in it.


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Michael Cummings
Michael A. Cummings has a Bachelors in Business Management from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, and a Masters in Rhetoric & Composition from Northern Arizona University. He has worked as a department store Loss Prevention Officer, bank auditor, textbook store manager, Chinese food delivery man, and technology salesman. Cummings wrote position pieces for the 2010 Trevor Drown for US Senate (AR) and 2012 Joe Coors for Congress (CO) campaigns.