Chuck Colson

That?s why Iraq is so important. Now we have a tough job to establish democratic reforms in Iraq. The country has lived under a tyrant for decades who left it chaotic. But I believe establishing a free nation will be a huge symbol of hope to the rest of the Muslim world. We have already seen signs of this in Iran and Libya. And it?s the moral thing to do. Let the critics say what they want?there is no instant solution to the clash of civilizations. It will continue until the terrorists obliterate the West, or the West loses its will?or when we can introduce democratic reforms into the Islamic world.

On the domestic front, the president announced a program for prisoner re-entry. I?m thrilled. With more than 600,000 inmates being released this year, we have got to work to make their transition successful. This proposal is part of a pattern?prison rape elimination, abolition of Sudan slavery, combating AIDS in Africa?cases where the president has shown a moral concern for the marginalized and for the hurting in society.

The president made a strong plea for the sanctity of marriage, directly confronting judicial activism?the first time I?ve heard a president do that. The people, not the courts, Mr. Bush said, ought to be making their own decisions about marriage. Make no mistake: The battle over marriage is shaping up as the Armageddon of the culture war. And the president is taking the lead, courageously saying the people will have to resort to the Constitutional process. He?s right.

This is an election year, and there will be political warfare over the president?s initiatives. That?s okay. Thank God we have the freedom to do that. But on these key issues, for Christians, the president has taken a principled and, I think, wise position. And he has my fervent prayers.

For further reading and information:

President George W. Bush, State of the Union Address , United States  Capitol, Washington, D.C., 20 January 2004 .

White House historian/author Richard Norton Smith talks about the history of the presidents? State of the Union addresses , and White House Communications Director Dan Bartlett answers State of the Union questions .

See BreakPoint?s Just War Fact Sheet .

Samuel Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order (Touchstone, 1998).

Visit Justice Fellowship?s website  for more information on prisoner re-entry.

Victor Davis Hanson, ? The Election of 1864 ,? National Review Online, 21 January 2004 .

Clifford May, ? On Offense ,? National Review Online, 21 January 2004 .

Rich Lowry, ? Paranoid Lunacy ,? National Review Online, 21 January 2004 .

Joel Mowbray, ? Increasing Islamic Influence in Iraq ,?, 21 January 2004 .

BreakPoint Commentary No. 030130, ? One Consistent Theme: Life, Worldview, and the State of the Union .?

Robert Pear and David D. Kirkpatrick, ? Bush Plans $1.5 Billion Drive for Promotion of Marriage ,? New York Times, 14 January 2004 .

Andrew Apostolou, ? Guilty as Charged ,? National Review Online, 19 January 2004 .

In ?Exploring the Good Society,? a ? BreakPoint This Week? special broadcast, Michael Novak of the American Enterprise Institute talks about what is needed for a ?good society? to flourish: His solution is a ?Caritapolis,? a civilization built on caritas, the biblical notion of love. Call 1-877-322-5527 to order this CD ($10).

Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson was the Chief Counsel for Richard Nixon and served time in prison for Watergate-related charges. In 1976, Colson founded Prison Fellowship Ministries, which, in collaboration with churches of all confessions and denominations, has become the world's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, crime victims, and their families.
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