Ken Connor

"An individual is not just the product of the forces around him. He has a mind, an inner world. Then having thought, a person can bring forth actions into the external world and thus influence it. People are apt to look at the outer theater of action, forgetting the actor who 'lives in the mind' and who therefore is the true actor in the external world. The inner thought world determines the outward action." Francis A. Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?

The city of Boston – indeed all of America – is reeling from the acts of violence visited on the participants and spectators of the Boston Marathon. How could two young men – brothers, exiles from a country torn by strife – visit such senseless acts of violence on those who welcomed them to their shores, opened their schools and sporting events to them, and gave them freedoms unmatched in their own homeland? How could they cold-bloodedly orchestrate the killing of innocent men, women and children who had done them no wrong? Hadn't they been integrated into American life? Hadn't they sipped from the cup of freedom? Hadn't they enjoyed the good that is unique among the people of the world?

As we uncover more information about the brothers, it appears that living in the land of the free and the home of the brave didn't impact these young men in the slightest. If evidence emerging from social media sources is any indication, it appears that they were more influenced by the lethal worldview promoted by radical Islam. Unfortunately, though the writing is literally on the wall (the Facebook wall, in this case), too many Americans are unwilling or unable to acknowledge the truth.

This is because our popular culture has embraced notions of moral and religious relativism wholesale. We are terrified of appearing racist, or bigoted or xenophobic, so in the name of tolerance we affirm the notion that all moral claims are created equal. Everything is relative. All that counts is the sincerity of our beliefs. These ludicrous ideas blew up in our faces when two murderous brothers set off a wave of violence and terror that killed and maimed innocent people and shut down the City of Boston for the better part of a week.

Ken Connor

Ken Connor is Chairman of the Center for a Just Society in Washington, DC.