Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sunday Sermon

What's Terrorism Got to Do With It?

Taking a look back over the past couple of weeks of terrorist attacks in the US, you'd think that the news media would show a little more aggressive reporting over 37 wounded and five dead.

But no.

Eight stabbed in a mall in St. Paul? Hey, at least the Muslim Somali refugee didn't use a gun. Then there'd be outcries for gun bans.

But no.

The Muslim immigrant from Turkey who is believed to have killed four women and a man at a Macy's in Seattle used a rifle. Well, at least it wasn't an evil "automatic" assault rifle. That might have prompted a few anti-gun outcries.

And what can you say about an inept Muslim bomber with ties to Afghanistan, who blew up a Manhattan area, wounding 29 people? Again, no one died, so the news media treated the whole incident like a traffic accident.

It looks like the entire news media have succumbed to the ignorance spread by their high priest, President Obama. The president's attitude toward terrorism in the US seems to rest on denial. If hard pressed, Obama will admit that terrorism exists, but will deny that anything can be done to stop such killings in the US.

Islamist Terrorism

What do these three incidents in the past weeks show us?

The perps were all Muslim.

Islam Is Not a Race

Leftists keep accusing the people in the US considered to be a "basket of deplorables," of race baiting when naming Islamist Terrorism. Can we sit back for a moment to point out, once again, that Islam is not a race?

Islam is a religion. Its mixture with government has produced precisely the danger that leftists are afraid of. Yet, instead of blaming Muslims, they blame Christians.

Progressive dogma makes absolutely no sense.

Charlotte Lives Matter

Instead of focusing on real dangers and real problems, the news media have focused on attacking the one institution that helps keep the US separated from military dictatorships, namely our police forces.

Hatred of police forces isn't new. We can trace clashes with the police back a hundred years and more. The one common denominator for blaming the police is socialism. We can trace conflicts with the police by labor unions, 1960s radicals, and currently by social justice warriors who blame the police any time a black man is shot or arrested.

I was in LA during the riots after the trial acquitted the four police who beat Rodney King. Even then, the news media was out to "prove" the brutality of the police by condemning those four officers for beating up a defenseless black man.

The fact that Rodney King had tried to evade the police with a high-speed chase, was drunk and high on PCP, was tasered twice, and still resisted arrest, didn't seem to make it into the news at the time. To the media, beating Rodney King was an act of racism, not a justified take-down of a drug-crazed criminal.

Edmund Burke on Evil Men

Edmund Burke, the Irish statesman who lived during the time of the American Revolutionary War wrote in a letter:
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
This famous phrase wasn't the only thing he wrote in that letter, however. How about this one:
Whilst men are linked together, they easily and speedily communicate the alarm of any evil design. They are enabled to fathom it with common counsel, and to oppose it with united strength.
And this:
When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
We now live in a world full of evil. Good ideas and good people are ridiculed and suppressed in favor of a socialist narrative that pits us against each other like gladiators in a circus. We perform for the amusement of an elite class who pays lip service to one group or another in the hopes that no one will notice their rise to absolute power.

Good people everywhere must "associate," as Burke puts it, so that evil may not prevail against the good. Or, as Ben Franklin put it:
We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.