These recent news items bring to mind the words of Jesus:
Matthew 24:12, "And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold."
Iniquity is more than just a Bible word that means 'being evil'. It is
lawlessness and disregard for authority, self control and responsibility
for one's actions and the consequenses of those actions. In these last
days iniquity is indeed abounding all over the place. As a direct result,
people are growing colder. Violence is becoming more and more acceptable.
Scenes of people being shot and / or brutalized in some way no longer have
the shock value that they once had. Because of this, we don't even notice
how much more common they really are untill someone stops to count.
Study: Television Violence on the Rise
Dec 10, 8:17 AM (ET)
By DAVID BAUDER
NEW YORK (AP) - Fights, gun battles and blood are increasingly making their way into homes each night through television, according to a study released Tuesday.
The study by the Parents Television Council counted 534 separate episodes of prime-time violence on the six major broadcast networks during the first two weeks of the November ratings "sweeps" in 2002. That was up from 292 violent incidents during the same period four years earlier, the organization said.
Although the study is slightly outdated, the PTC says preliminary data from last month shows the trend toward increased violence is continuing.
The violence is getting more serious, too. The study found 156 incidents where guns or other weapons were used during the two-week period in prime-time in 2002, up from 67 four years earlier.
Here is another example of the growing insensitivity to violent content. This game violates more than mere 'Human rights' simply because it exists. It promotes all manner of violence and immorality, rewarding the player for these things. Yet the Anti-Defamation League is concerned about the fact that it contained "offensive references to Haitians and Cubans".
As hearts grow cold, it becomes more important to be politicaly correct
than it is to be shocked and offended by wanton violence and immorality
being promoted and taught to our young.
Video Game Maker Bows to 'Human Rights' Complaints
By Susan Jones
CNSNews.com Morning Editor
December 10, 2003
(CNSNews.com) - The Anti-Defamation League said the maker of a much-criticized video game is "showing sensitivity" by removing offensive references to Haitians and Cubans from future versions of the game.
ADL on Tuesday thanked Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., the maker of "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City," for responding so quickly to concerns about the game's use of inflammatory language and stereotypes of minorities.