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John Grady: What is society teaching our children?

Within a week of the Uvalde killings in Texas, a man in the Toronto area suspected of being an active shooter was shot by police. A 10-year-old boy was arrested in Florida for texting his desire to go on a killing rampage at school. Can you believe it?
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John Grady: "The youth that can stand above our present standards are to be honoured and congratulated. The youth that are troubled and lost desperately need our attitude change and prayers." (Francesco Ungaro)

As the world mourns the tragic, senseless murder of 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, the one thing we can count on is the Blame Game. It didn’t and won’t take long for the blame to be focused on everybody and everything except ourselves.

Our society has and is going through such a sad and dramatic change over the last half century, and we wonder why it is that young teenagers can enter a school with firearms and open fire on young innocent children and teachers. This is not just a Uvalde school issue nor is it just a United States matter but it is a North American tragedy.

We have gone so far politically correct, so demanding, so disrespectful of anybody who doesn’t agree, so anti-authority, so right about anything and everything, is it any wonder that our society is in free fall and our value systems are deteriorating just as quickly?

In Canada, we used to acknowledge God, our Country, and the Queen. Today, like many other Commonwealth countries, we are quietly getting ready to remove the Monarchy as soon as the Queen passes on. We have removed God from our schools, our society, our belief system, our culture, our most precious commodity our children, and we wonder why innocent children are being slaughtered while attending school to obtain an education and grow into caring responsible adults.

We have pushed our political governments to be politically correct, which is a joke as we no longer know what politically correct is. All we know is we know best, we want what we want, when we want it, and if government doesn’t do what we say, when we say it, look out. We want our governments to learn to compromise to our wishes and demands or we will get personal and in their faces. As a result, we have made sure many quality people have decided they don’t need the hassle of running for office. The thought of us running for office, with all our brilliance, is absurd because then we can’t throw barbs and insults at the elected officials.

With the killing of the children in Texas, you can see the finger pointing at law enforcement and yet over the years we told law enforcement agencies who to hire, how many to hire, and what to teach them, and now they are so politically correct we have handcuffed them, and they are the target of our scorn. We have made sure the justice system is politically correct as well so now we have ensured there are little consequences for breaking the law.

Within a week of the Uvalde killings in Texas, a man in the Toronto area suspected of being an active shooter was shot by police. A 10-year-old boy was arrested in Florida for texting his desire to go on a killing rampage at school. Can you believe it? In Oakville, Ontario, there were several schools locked down as a young 16-year-old teenager was arrested with a replica handgun.

How embarrassing and sad that we are teaching our youth to disregard any and all authority. The youth that can stand above our present standards are to be honoured and congratulated. The youth that are troubled and lost desperately need our attitude change and prayers.

If there is one thing we can learn it is that in spite of our war against Him, in the end He will use the good, the bad, and the ugly to bring about all His purposes. We are to be encouraged that when things appear out of control as they are now that every purpose of our Lord will be fulfilled.


John Grady lives and writes in Fort St. John.

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