On Wednesday, February 14th at 3:41 pm, the American people completed another child sacrifice to the god Moloch. It took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. This marks the 239th such ritual since the sacrifice of 20 school children at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012.

For those unfamiliar with the arcane ritual, child sacrifices to Moloch began around 3500 years ago and originated in the ancient near east. The exact nature of the cult’s origins and practices remain lost to time. However, it has come to be easily identifiable through it’s predominant feature: child sacrifice. The practice comes from a very straightforward math. Children, as the most valuable possessions of a society, provide the most expensive sacrifice one could make to entice a god to work on your behalf.

The practice has taken on various manifestations throughout time, but was generally believed to have gone extinct in modern times. Yet, it seems Moloch sacrifices have seen an uptick in the United States in the past few decades.

To the untrained observer, the reasoning behind Moloch sacrifices appear baffling and senseless. Most Americans look to the lone individuals enacting such sacrifices as the source of the problem; these madmen suffering from “mental illness” appear as blights upon an otherwise healthy society. Yet, as one looks closer, one finds that the god Moloch tends not to need the mentally ill to do his bidding. No, Moloch seems to live deep inside America’s heart.

At least, that is if one believes Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association. He argues that large amounts of guns are essential to maintaining our democratic society. Taking a notably populist tone, LaPiere cries that “the elites always protect themselves and they always protect themselves with guns….what the NRA is fighting for is reciprocity, to enforce the existing federal gun laws and to protect Americans’ right to protect themselves.” LaPierre is suggesting that mass gun ownership is the only thing keeping us from slipping into military dictatorship and oligarchy. Thus, easy access to guns remains essential to our way of life. What’s a few innocent lives when American freedom at stake? Moloch be praised.

Of course, there are more practical matters than revolution. While it is unarguable that severely limiting the sort of fire arms one can obtain would cull Moloch sacrifices, we would then be left with the horrifying question, “How would we protect ourselves from each other?”  Hoping to help, TV personality Stacy Washington has utilized statistics in a mindbogglingly, context-less manner to argue that massive gun ownership actually make us safer. She concludes her 2017 opinion piece for Fox News by saying that “guns aren’t going anywhere because Americans who own guns associate them with liberty and self-reliance,” she adds, “that’s a good thing.” Guns are the American way, how else can we protect our freedom if we can’t shoot each other? Thanks be unto Moloch.

So, what does one get when they sacrifice to Moloch? It seems the recurrent answer is “freedom.” Moloch guarantees the “freedom” to buy and sell weapons of deadly force; he provides “freedom” to protect oneself from invisible, well-armed enemies; he provides the “freedom” to brush horrific statistics under the rug of the 2nd Amendment; and to a select few he provides the financial “freedom” of running for important governmental seats.

Despite all these freedoms and the growing popularity of the cult of Moloch, there have been some dissenting voices.

One Moloch sacrifice observer, who wished to be identified simply as Jeremy, lamented the misguided nature of such sacrifices and that a real deity would never ask for such a thing. Through tears, he said “[God] never commanded—nor did it enter [His] mind—that they should do such a detestable thing.

A nearby friend, Levi, angrily added “Any [person] … who gives any of his offspring to Moloch, shall surely be put to death; the people of the land shall stone him with stones.” One is left to wonder who will stone the people of the land when it is the people of the land offering up their children.

Yet, perhaps these detestable things are, as Bill O’Reilly believes, simply the price we pay for freedom.

John Howard, former prime minister of Australia and the man responsible for eradicating the cult of Moloch in his country, begs to differ. “Americans will often say to me there are so many guns in circulation the only way the good guys can protect themselves is to also have a gun. Now I think that is a stupid argument myself.”

The gun buy-back program Howard led seems to suggest he is right. Following a mass shooting in Australia in 1996, Howard led an effort to dramatically curb gun ownership. The results? Moloch sacrifices (in the form of mass shootings and gun related deaths) saw a significant decline.

Ultimately, the eradication of this dangerous cult cannot be achieved through the “thoughts and prayers” for the sacrificial victims and their families. As Biblical accounts show, the culture of Moloch sacrifice must be rooted out in a systematic and active fashion. It’s high places must be torn down, it priests and practitioners removed, and governing officials must lead the way.

Sadly, such systematic efforts to eradicate the cult in the United States seem not to be forthcoming, as many Americans (or at least those in power) seem unwilling to examine the grand bargain we’ve struck with Moloch, to prod at the shallow freedoms and liberties our costly sacrifices have bought us. Much like the ancient Hebrew people, one suspects that the cult of Moloch will remain a mainstay of the American experience until we have the moral gravitas and conviction to actually do something about them.

Until then, we’ll have to continue to enjoy the “freedoms” that Moloch provides while we feed him our children.

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Did this piece make you angry? That’s what I was going for. It’s a polemical and rhetorical effort to help us all get a little angrier now that 17 more people are dead due to easily preventable gun violence. Please, excuse my rude satire and try to translate that anger to fuel actions on their behalf.

For information on gun related deaths and mass shootings, go here.
For information on how to do more than send thoughts and prayers, go here or here.

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Author: Alex Mayfield

Alex is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Mission Studies at Boston University, and he is a minister in the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. He is married to an amazing wife who puts up with everything those two facts entail. When he's not reading or writing, he's usually dreaming of eating Chinese food.

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Mark Burnham
Mark Burnham
4 years ago

Do I disagree with your article, no. I think America has built a high place and decorated it with weapons. I just dislike when people are spiritually dishonest and have published support in the past for abortion but then write a scathing editorial using Molech regarding weapons. I am aghast at how you are unable to read the words of Christ and not be able to see that abortion is truly the restoration of the worship of Molech in modern times and yet you chose to paint all gun owners, responsible and irresponsible, with the same detestable brush.