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Fear & loathing in Las Vegas

When there is an event like the recent shooting in Las Vegas, a national conversation begins.

Letter from America Josh Moody
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People running for cover during the Las Vegas shooting | photo: YouTube

It takes fairly predictable lines and moves along standard patterns. The anti-gun lobby comes out in force, as does the pro-gun lobby, and the majority of people mourn and scratch their heads in wonderment that anything so awful could be perpetrated by a human being. Such socio-cultural events seem to have increased in frequency in recent years – whether they are events of violence, race, sexuality and gender, or scandals of one kind or another. And the church is increasingly being asked by a secular society to provide moral leadership with regard to these various ‘cultural issues.’