Demagogues rise to power under the pretext of ensuring public safety and govern through the continual promotion of a national anxiety. Islamic terrorists who murder people are not noble warriors for freedom nor are they justified in their actions. Yet, we torture and kill indiscriminately so our people may live a peaceful Christian life. It's hard not to see the irony.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
What Profit It A Man by Cletis L. Stump
Perhaps our greatest struggle with terrorists is truly a struggle for who we are. By our concerted efforts to demonize an entire people, we have lost far more than we have gained. Certainly it makes it easier to kill people when they are degraded and marginalized, but just as certainly it diminishes us as individuals and as a nation. It takes strength to discern and differentiate and lately we have not shown a great deal of courage in that regard.