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Spiritual/Political/Philosophical Blog on the Nature of Truth and Falsehood and Heaven
Thursday, March 04, 2004 Tut tutting at the Boston Tea Party
A few days ago Jonah Goldberg of NRO's The Corner expressed shock at the intemperate language of Dennis Prager's column.
Prager lead off with: "America is engaged in two wars for the survival of its civilization. The war over same-sex marriage and the war against Islamic totalitarianism are actually two fronts in the same war -- a war for the preservation of the unique American creation known as Judeo-Christian civilization."
Goldberg responded: "Now I understand what he's saying and I agree with several of his specific points but he glosses over the point which should supercede all others: "secular nihilists" -- or whatever you want to call them -- aren't murdering people. They aren't blowing up buildings, hijacking planes or shooting at our soldiers either. To date, no gay dudes have been caught on international flights trying to ignite their shoes.
In short, Prager equates a metaphorical war with a literal one and not once does he distinguish between the two."
The idea that some people are beginning to see that there is a fault line developing in the nation that can only lead to violence (civil war) if those who wish to defend their freedoms put their feelings into action is more than some pundits can imagine. It puts their faint hearts in a tizzy that the war of ideas are more than moderated debates at Georgetown where everyone leaves congratulating themselves on their urbanity and tolerance.
Ideas are matters of life and death. The NRO neocons seem to think that no matter what happens, they can just keep tut tutting and writing columns wishing things were different.
It was often insisted upon that Christians revered life and thus condemned those few lone wolves who were going around trying to murder abortionists. Yet, as much as I deplore violence, I never could quite join the vehement chorus of horror that formed everytime an abortionist was killed.
Would I have booed if someone had shot a Dr. Mengele or sniped at a Nazi executing Jews? How can I hate the death of a doctor who got up everyday and went to a place to murder unborn babies? I can't, anymore than I can condemn the violence that set this nation free, which killed and drove out Tories to Canada and England.
The day is coming when this nation shall again convulse in spilt blood. To deny it is folly and ignorance. In fact, if this nation does not go to war with itself, it shall not survive as a nation. It shall go the way of Italy after the fall of Rome, and become balkanized.
The only other alternative to that disintegration is totalitarianism which is a possibility. posted by Mark Butterworth | 1:01 PM |