It was reported by Fox News this week that ISIS-affiliated gunmen had attacked a wedding ceremony in Iraq and slaughtered over 50 innocent people. Some see this as a new attempt by the Muslim radicals to reestablish an Islamic Caliphate. Yet the reports were scarcely mentioned or wholly omitted in many of the major news outlets. I wonder why? Does it give the lie to the politically correct contention that Islam and Christianity are equally real and beneficial religions? Is this a valid assumption or merely a ploy to enable some unpopular political end?
Contrary to the distortions of the news media, the deceit of secularist politicians, and the dissembling by liberal college teachers, conservatives are not attempting to turn American into a Christian theocracy. For the most part, Conservatives are unequivocal supporters of the Constitution’s prohibition of any state religion, and nearly all oppose most restrictions on the freedom for all to practice one’s faith. But honest historians also acknowledge that there is little doubt that the entire fabric of our republic was woven throughout with biblical principles and a Judeo-Christian ethic. The Constitutional guarantees of soul-liberty, the restraint of government, individual responsibility, and equality of opportunity were grounded in Biblical premise and assumed a universal belief in the God of the Bible and not the god of the Koran. These historical precepts made America, a “City on a Hill,” and its liberties, the envy, and hope of almost every other nation.
At our founding and for the first 150 years of our republic, nearly all of America’s churches and synagogues, the public schools, and other public institutions generally respected and revered the Scriptures. Without doubt, differences abounded in doctrines, interpretations, and emphasis but still nearly all believed in the moral dicta enshrined in the Ten Commandments and the moral authority of Scripture.
Because of this, a nearly universal and unspoken ethos prevailed in America. National sentiment agreed some things are always right, but conversely, there are some inherently evil behaviors. This made possible the blending of society regardless of an immigrant’s ethnicity or religious beliefs. The “God” of America was the transcendent God of truth, righteousness, love, and mercy. The clarity was sustained by the near-universal veneration toward the Bible. Moreover, it was a Judeo-Christian perspective on the nature of God which soon defined our culture and affected to varying degrees our nation’s ethic, our educational system, our politics, and nearly every social custom. Immigrants accepted these values as a requirement for living here. Who can deny that this policy resulted in liberties and opportunities in America that were unimagined in the immigrant’s former home?
But a new and troubling interpretation of both our rights and our Constitutional protections from any state-sanctioned religion has evolved in recent decades. The very principle which had long guaranteed every person’s freedom to believe anything or even nothing is now twisted and distorted and abused. It is quite ironic that the new demands for acceptance and protection from criticism are mostly heard from those whose religion, or lack thereof, should the new demands prevail, would eradicate any such liberty and security from all others.
Allow me to propose a non-politically-correct thought that we ought to consider. There is no evidence whatever to suggest that our founders believed, even while guaranteeing that all of us should be able to worship God as we chose, to indicate that they also found that every religion or belief system is equal in truth and value. Neither was such freedom to believe ever thought to be without any constraint if/when such beliefs annulled the rights and safety and freedoms of others.
Who can deny the logic of the premise that all religions can be equally true ONLY to the extent that they are equally false? This means that if all religions are equally good, then they must also be similarly evil. But regrettably, reason and logic are apparently on vacation. By the way, this is not new “thinking.” Edward Gibbon, in his monumental work, “THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE,” said this about religion. He described how that as the Christian era began, and Rome was at the zenith of her power: “Roman citizens thought all religions were equally true; atheists and philosophers thought they were equally false, and politicians thought they were all equally useful.”
Just as in ancient Rome, “Political Correctness” today insists that all of society accept the premise that all lifestyles and all religions are equally good and virtually identical in purpose and nature. When the Neronian persecution of Christians began, it seems that the only WRONG or dangerous belief in religion was brought on by the Christian’s insistence that it was only through Christ that one could have their sin forgiven and be saved. So, what is my point?
The religious and secular despisers of Christ, spare no effort to excuse, defend, or ignore the inhumane, bizarre, and abusive practices of Islam. But are we to overlook the barbarism of Islam’s past? Are we to ignore the present threat of terrorist attacks? Are we to put from our minds the Muslim’s nearly universally held beliefs in the necessity that homosexuals be put to death, or in the righteousness of honor killing, or the universal application of sharia law? Are we to be OK with spousal abuse, and the religious duty of jihad? What about Islam’s most basic premise, namely, that the only “true God” is Allah, are we to accept that without rebuttal?
The fantasy that all these horrific beliefs and the ever-present danger of terrorist attacks are confined to a very tiny fraction of Muslims is ridiculous. Perhaps it would be more believable were it not for the crowds of “moderate” Muslims around the world who are openly silent but secretly supportive of radical jihadists. How, pray tell, can these barbarians who bomb, rape, murder, enslave, and behead innocent civilians, and still claim to be the “beloved of God?” Tell me again how this “peace-loving” religion may be as beneficial to humanity as is biblical Christianity?
William "Ed" Nicholson is a native of this area. He is currently pastor of the Grace Baptist Chapel located at Little Summit in Dunbar Twp. He holds graduate degrees in both Bible and Education. He may be reached at WillnPA9@ Gmail.com and 724-626-1264.