I’ve heard this phrase used repeatedly on CAF and in politics, particularly reiterated by social conservatives. I was wondering if it applies only to abortion and euthanasia, or whether it can also be applied to such things as (just) war, the death penalty, and the proliferation of guns in the U.S.
I know there is a Catholic doctrine of “just war,” and this doctrine is also acceptable within Judaism, but not according to Quakerism. However, even if this kind of war is justifiable, it still inevitably results in many casualties and fatalities of innocent civilians who are non-combatants, so-called “collateral damage.” So can war, no matter how “justified,” also be considered an inherent part of the culture of death?
With regard to the death penalty, although a person may have been found guilty according to the law, there is always a CHANCE they may in fact be innocent. This has been revealed time and again. Although Catholicism and Judaism allow for the death penalty, Pope Francis and the bishops have been vocal in speaking out against it. Therefore, would retaining the death penalty in the U.S. also be indicative of our living in a culture of death?
While guns are legal and most guns are used by peaceful private citizens for their own protection at home and elsewhere, as well as for hunting purposes, I think one must acknowledge that the sheer proliferation of guns, that is, the increase in their number, raises the possibility that eventually they will fall into the wrong hands of criminals and the violently mentally disturbed (I realize most mentally ill people are NOT violent). Therefore, would the ever-increasing number of guns in itself indicate that we live in a culture of death?
All thoughts on the topic are appreciated.