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Americans are sacrificing their children to Moloch

In the wake of the Parkland shooting, the United States is again talking about gun control. Yet any attempt to curb who buys guns has yet again been defeated in a vote by federal politicians. Adding pain to what already is a terrible tragedy, the survivors of the Parkland shooting – those young people who endured the horror of seeing friends and teachers die, of not knowing if they were next to die – are being called ‘crisis actors’, far left fanatics, and much worse. Once again, U.S. politicians are sacrificing their young people to the great gun god, Moloch.

Who is Moloch?

Moloch is the biblical name of a Canaanite god associated with child sacrifice. While Moloch was an ancient pagan god, in modern times Moloch is used figuratively in English literature to refer to a person or thing that demands or requires a very costly sacrifice.

In a NYR Daily article, Garry Wills  describes the recent school shootings in the United States as the great sacrifice of young people to Moloch. Wills explains that the NRA is so powerful, that the ‘gun’ has reached the point where it is worshipped as a god by unsuspecting Americans. The right to “bear arms,” a military term, gives anyone, anywhere in the U.S., the power to mow down civilians with military weapons. Even the Supreme Court has been cowed, reversing its long history of recognizing that the Second Amendment applied to militias. Now the court feels bound to guarantee that anyone can indulge in this new “religion” of slaughter.

The sacrifice of innocents

“Few crimes are more harshly forbidden in the Old Testament than sacrifice to the god Moloch (for which see Leviticus 18.21, 20.1-5). The sacrifice referred to was of living children consumed in the fires of offering to Moloch. Ever since then, worship of Moloch has been the sign of a deeply degraded culture. Ancient Romans justified the destruction of Carthage by noting that children were sacrificed to Moloch there. Milton represented Moloch as the first pagan god who joined Satan’s war on humankind:

First Moloch, horrid king, besmear’d with blood
Of human sacrifice, and parents’ tears,
Though for the noise of Drums and Timbrels loud
Their children’s cries unheard, that pass’d through fire
To his grim idol. (Paradise Lost 1.392-96)

The horror of a school shooting can’t be blamed just on one unhinged person. It is the sacrifice Americans as a society are continually making. It is time this stops. Americans must stop feeding their young to Moloch.

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