The Islamic terrorists who attacked us on Sept. 11 thought that
America was a weak country, fat and complacent. Maybe they were right.
People say everything changed on Sept. 11. It isn't true. Things
just came sharply into focus. For a brief moment, Americans came together
against a common enemy. We weren't afraid to call evil by its name or to
confront it. We united under God.
And then, we spent the past year trying to forget our righteous
anger and return to our former complacency. When President Bush urged us to
go on with our lives, he didn't mean for us to completely discard the moral
clarity we had instinctually found on that terrible morning.
America has divided into two factions: those who fight evil and
those who do not believe in evil. The dividing line is religion.
Those who believe in a Judeo-Christian God know the difference
between good and evil because they know the value of human life. They know
that an element of man is divine and that man has a purpose in the universe.
They know that man has free will to choose between good and evil. And
because they know the value of life, they know the evil of those who take it
for non-defensive purposes.
They realize that terrorists who smashed airliners into
buildings were not provoked by American foreign policy -- the terrorists
were seeking death because they were part of a culture that loves death.
Deeply religious people knew what America had to do in response: kill those
responsible for the terrorism and those who supported them, and prevent the
evil from growing.
The other faction does not believe in God, at least not
actively. There is no good, and there is no evil, these people believe. If
God has no purpose for man -- as they believe -- then life is meaningless,
and the death of thousands of Americans has no more meaning than the death
of a colony of ants.
They believe everything is a shade of gray. They think that the
terrorists were provoked by American foreign policy in the Middle East. They
think the proper response is appeasement of those who murder Americans. They
sully America's moral status in the world by attempting to bribe those who
Right now, it seems those who do not believe in God are winning.
Our culture celebrates vanity, stupidity and torpidity. Millions watch "The
Osbournes" or "The Anna Nicole Smith Show," shows where pathetic
wannabe/has-been celebrities mooch for the cameras. People get fat downing
hamburgers day after day and then sue the hamburger companies for making
them obese. Immediately after Sept. 11, you couldn't see a car without an
American flag; then, Los Angeles Lakers flags went up alongside the banner;
finally, the American flag was taken down while the Lakers flags flew
Even worse, Americans have been suckered by moral relativism --
the Political Correctness Police dominate our society. No one can mention
that the terrorists of Sept. 11 were Muslim without automatically having to
state that "not all Muslims are terrorists," for fear of being labeled
racist. Schools around the country teach students about Islam, promoting it
as a "religion of peace" without discussing its more violent adherents. The
National Education Association preaches anti-Americanism, telling teachers
to indoctrinate students with stories of American imperialism.
Jerry Falwell said after Sept. 11 that abortionists, feminists,
the gays and lesbians who promote homosexuality as a natural lifestyle, the
American Civil Liberties Union and all those who try to secularize America
(in short, the PC crowd) bear some responsibility for Sept. 11.
While his statement may have been unpopular, it was true, at
least in the larger sense. If we pillory those who defend traditional moral
values, we seem weak. Why would any terrorist fear a country that treats the
Boy Scouts like the KKK? If we treat the moral as trivial, if we make it
seem as though our lives have no value, how can we expect others to respect
the value of our lives?
In the cosmic sense, Falwell was correct. We have tossed God
from the public schools. We have ignored his morality in favor of subjective
man-made values. We cannot expect God to maintain his protection of us if we
America did not change for more than a few moments on Sept. 11,
but our society must undergo serious and lasting change if we hope to live
in freedom and prosperity. If those who fight against God continue to win,
God will not defend us. And we will not have the moral courage to defend