John and Crystal Holcombe were in church with their family on this past Sunday. Their church, practically unknown outside of its community, is located in a small town with only a few hundred people within a mile of the town’s post office.
This week that small church has become the topic of conversations all over America, because it was the site of a massacre that essentially annihilated the entire congregation.
The church is First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, TX. John Holcombe had obviously prepared for the Lord’s Day by studying his Sunday School lesson, because on Saturday night he posted on Facebook, “The Sunday School lesson is about manna from heaven – found in Exodus 16.”
The Holcombes, as was their custom, had their children with them in church. After Sunday School they all sat together in the small worship center with about four dozen other people, all joyously singing hymns of praise.
It was a beautiful, warm November Sunday in Sutherland Springs when gunshots suddenly silenced the singing and the carnage began. Devin Kelley, a deranged man with troublesome signs of mental health problems, opened up fire on the congregation in a senseless and merciless fit of rage.
The Washington Post reported, “There had been between 50 and 60 worshipers that morning. The number who remained unharmed when the gunfire finally stopped could be counted on one hand.”
John Holcombe was wounded, but Crystal and four of her children were killed. Only two survived. The children who killed were Megan (9), Emily (11), Greg (13), and an unborn child. Crystal was four months pregnant and although they did not know the sex of the child, the couple had already picked out a name for the baby, Carlin Brite. The other children had picked out a nickname for the baby – “Billy Bob” Holcombe.
So, the oldest person killed was age 77 and the youngest person killed was in the womb of Crystal Holcombe. You see, there was a Texas state law passed in 2003 that requires her unborn baby be counted like other victims, and rightly so, because life begins at conception and ends in natural death.
According to USA Today, there are 38 states that have fetal homicide/infanticide laws, including Nevada, California, Virginia, Arizona, Colorado, and Georgia. In addition to Texas, 22 states have enacted feticide laws that apply to the earliest stages of pregnancy, including conception.
The Georgia law reads:
(a) For the purposes of this Code section, the term ‘unborn child’ means a member of the species homo sapiens at any stage of development who is carried in the womb.
(b) A person commits the offense of feticide if he or she willfully and without legal justification causes the death of an unborn child by any injury to the mother of the child, which would be murder if it resulted in the death of such mother, or if he or she, when in the commission of a felony causes the death of an unborn child.
(c) a person convicted of the offense of feticide shall be punished by imprisonment for life.
You can find out more about this law by going to here.
This law has a loophole that is exceedingly troublesome to me. It is mentioned in section (b) and stipulates; “A person commits the offense of feticide if he or she willfully and without legal justification causes the death of an unborn child.” Succeeding sections specify that abortion is exempt from this law regarding feticide. The implication is that abortion can be legally justified.
Yes, the Roe v. Wade decision in January 1972 legalized abortion on demand. But the legalization of abortion doesn’t make it ethically right or even sensible. In fact, killing babies under any circumstance is morally reprehensible. It is the moral equivalent of the people in the Old Testament throwing their babies in the fire pit as an offering to Moloch (Jeremiah 32:35).
Here is my problem: Is our judicial system saying that it is feticide for a deranged, mentally ill man like Devin Kelley to go on a rampage and kill innocent children, including children in the womb, and that it is not feticide for a consenting woman and a learned and skilled physician to deliberately and with premeditation collude to kill an unborn child through an abortion?
I mean, there are defendants in murder cases who plead not guilty by reason of insanity and are found neither legally nor morally guilty, Yet, brilliant physicians get a pass on abortion because of a legal loophole. That is insanity to me!
We have more mass shootings in the United States than any other country in the world. CNN reports that between 1966 and 2012 there were 90 mass shootings in the United States. There were only 292 such attacks globally for that same period of time. “While the United States has 5 percent of the world’s population, it had 31 percent of all public mass shootings. I am under the impression that the number of shootings has increased exponentially since 2012.”
Although CNN presumably stressed these statistics to try to curb the sale of guns, it is still horrifying to think of all the carnage and chaos that has befallen our nation. It is absolutely heartbreaking! I weep over the death and destruction in places like Sutherland Springs, Las Vegas, and Orlando.
However, I also weep over the nearly 4,000 abortions in America each and every day. When the liberal media and politicians decide to banish the abortifacient drugs, the dilators, the hook shaped knife (curette), the saline injections, the prostaglandin chemicals, the suction devises, and other instruments of abortion then perhaps they will have won the right to talk about gun control. Until then, they would suit me well to keep silent about their “progressive” ambition to control the sale of firearms.
I am glad the Texas code of laws saw fit to count Carlin Brite Holcombe among the dead, because the child did live four months before being unpityingly killed and has taken up an eternal abode in heaven. God has taken full note of Carlin’s precious life.