Thoughts on War on Terrorists
Can freedom and democracy deal with terrorism? Yes, if you recognize it for what it is, war. We may or may not need to declare a state of war but we certainly need to deal with the enemy as if we are at war because they have declared war on us. I sympathize with the “good Muslims” but they need to be more overt in their stand against radical Islam. Imagine a Christian sect today behaving like ISIS, they would be so ostracized, like the KKK, they would be unlikely to gain traction. Religions that believe you can convert with violence instead of peace and charity must be stopped. We in the West have laws that require us to mature intellectually, spiritually and morally. Unfortunately, the world of Islam with its theocratic governance is still in the Dark Ages. I recently read a book, “Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order”, and this statement stood out: “Islam and democracy are incompatible”. I hate to agree with Donald Trump but until the world of Islam changes we may need to take steps to isolate some countries and certain religious sects. I prefer that to sending our troops into their unholy wars.
Andrew Davis, Fletcher
The Quantum State of Consent
Posted: 10 Feb 2018 04:34 PM PST
56% of younger millennials identify as Christian. 2% as Jewish or Muslim. 1% as Buddhist. And 36% as nothing. That's double the number that made up the "nones" among baby boomers. Being a "none" often means having no sense of purpose, except to seek personal happiness and make the world a better place by recycling, opposing Trump and calling out racism. It also means a moral code based on academic analysis of power relationships between races, genders and sexual orientations.
"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom," Benjamin Franklin cautioned more simply.
These aren't abstractions. Nor are they measured on some vast scale of civilizations. They define how we live our ordinary lives. They are why this debate is taking place.
Free people consent. But freedom comes from virtue. Freedom without virtue is anarchy. And anarchy ends in brutality and tyranny. That outcome isn't only expressed in riots in the streets. It emerges in smaller and more intimate matters, like the debate over consent.
Freedom of consent is failing. The left wants to replace it with brutality and tyranny. The brutality of online smear campaigns and the tyranny of campus kangaroo courts. But a secular right has no replacement for it either except the more libertarian brutality and tyranny of the individual.
What we forgot is that we don't truly have freedom of consent, until we have purpose.