Saturday, May 15, 2004
Freedom of Worship: I'm watching "The Beltway Boys" on Fox News and Roll Call's Morton Kondracke pulled out a quote from Will Durant's essay in The Saturday Evening Post in 1943 on one of FDR's "Four Freedoms," freedom of worship. It's almost uncanny what was written more than 60 years ago about Nazism echoes in today's Islamofascism.
It is astonishing and inspiring that after all the bloodshed of history this land should house in fellowship a hundred religions and a hundred doubts. This is with us an already ancient heritage; and because we knew such freedom of worship from our birth, we took it for granted and expected it of all mature men. Until yesterday the whole civilized world seemed secure in that liberty. But now suddenly, through some paranoiac mania of racial superiority, or some obscene sadism of political strategy, persecution is renewed, and men are commanded to render unto Caesar the things that ar Caesar's, and unto Caesar the things that are God's.
The American public needs to realize that radical Islamists aren't like us. It was cliche during the Cold War that the Russian people were not so different than we were. There was some truth to that statement. Unfortunately, the same isn't true of Islamists who would saw off a young man's head in cold blood while yelling "god is great!" Islamists don't want to live out their lives in peace. They want only to kill others in the name of their depraved version of Islam -- or die trying.
There can be no peace in a world where millions of Muslims' only desire is the death of all infidels -- Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, etc.