Star Parker

You would think that even Rosie O'Donnell could grasp that there is indeed a difference between "radical Christianity" and "radical Islam."

No doubt conservative Christian evangelicals were who Rosie had in mind as "radical" Christians.

But, really Rosie, it must mean something, even to you, that no Christian leader has suggested that you be executed, or even that your house should be blown up. You must see some difference between not approving of your views and issuing a contract on your life.

Maybe sometime I'll publish the letters I get from homosexual activists. Some don't sound much different from the stuff coming out of the hills of Afghanistan. In Rosie's vein, I can easily say there isn't much difference between radical Islam and radical homosexual activism.

If we're going to be looking for common ground, I actually see more between so-called radical Muslims and liberals than I do with conservatives.

They share the same unrealistic, childish view of the world driven by an infantile-like egotism.

Consider the experience of the great Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci who died of cancer last week. Fallaci spent her final years writing about the decline and collapse of her beloved Europe and its transformation into "Eurabia." By simply being critical of Islam, Fallaci was indicted in her native Italy.

So Fallaci, in her declining years, could only return to her home country if she was willing to risk up to two years imprisonment for simply writing unflattering commentary about Islam.

Are you listening Rosie? Do you really understand the nature of the dear freedom that you have?

European reality, where America's and Rosie O' Donnell's own left want to take us, demonstrates the common ground and meeting place of the far left and the far right.

Once the rules of civilization, the precious gift of our tradition and culture, are cast to the trash heap, they get replaced with new rules of the game that are generated by power and politics. The legal landscape of a totally secularized Europe is now re-written by the politically correct whose world view originates in their latest urge du jour.

The result is Italy casts out one of its great, liberal journalists whose crime is to be honest about those who want to destroy her country.

Freedom to speak is the gift of the civil, not of the politically correct.

Rosie O'Donnell doesn't get it. She hasn't a clue about the civilization and the tradition that opens the door for her to broadcast her adolescent meanderings to millions every afternoon. Out of pure ignorance she reduces the value of the gift she has to zero. History tells us that once you don't understand what you have, you lose it.

The radical Islamists, like the politically correct in the morally relative West, make up their own rules and don't appreciate the real truths of the world in which they live.

Does the president of Iran honestly comprehend where he stands? First of all, he wants nuclear power _ the same nuclear power discovered and developed by Western science, the product of our open, honest, and thoughtful Western civilization he so abhors.

How about at least a thank you Mr. Ahmadinejad?

But, maybe more to the point, Ahmadinejad acts the way he does because he is as detached from the realities in which he lives as Rosie O'Donnell.

If we wanted to play ball with Ahmadinejad according to his own supposed rules, the game would be over in 10 seconds. If we really wanted to exercise our power, he'd be history. We could blow his regime to kingdom come and deliver him readily to the black eyed virgins in heaven that his jihadis so long for.

We don't do it because we are civil and not because we can't. Because we value life, what it means and the values that sustain it and make this dear gift possible. This is what those in the world of Islam that think they are powerful need to grasp.

It is sad and ironic that Muslim attacks on churches in response to innocent remarks made by the Pope in an important and thoughtful speech about faith and reason coincided also with Fallaci's death.

Fallaci, who found inspiration in the message of this Pope, saying: "I am an atheist, and if an atheist and a pope think the same things, there must be something true. It's that simple."

She also wisely observed, "The moment you give up your principles and your values, the moment you laugh at those principles and those values, you are dead, your culture is dead, your civilization is dead. Period."

Pay attention, Rosie.

Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.