Needed: Backbone

I know we are a nation of religious liberty. That means the government cannot tell any of us how to worship. I not only accept that, but I believe it’s the best way to handle this issue. Biblically, civil government has no authority to tell us what to think or believe. This is the proper understanding of “separation of church and state” [words that come from a Jefferson letter and not found in the Constitution, by the way].

But just because government is not given the authority to set up a state religion, that doesn’t mean we figuratively put our heads in the sand and conclude that all religions are equally beneficial for the country. Take Islam, for instance. While I know there are many Muslims who don’t wish to fly airplanes into buildings or carry out jihad, the religion itself easily tends to move in that direction. At the very least, it should make us pause before we advocate its proliferation.

Whether it’s the memory of 9/11, the shoe bomber, the underwear bomber, the Times Square bomber [notice any similarities here?], or the jihadist who massacred people at Ft. Hood, radical Islam is a threat to America and must be treated as such.

The latest outrage, in my view, is the permission given by the authorities in New York City, all the way up to Mayor Bloomberg, to build a mosque at Ground Zero. While the talk is of “healing,” the truth is something else. Check out this editorial by National Review on why allowing this to be built is the height of foolishness.

Tolerance is a Christian character trait; stupidity is not. At times, our desire to be tolerant is downright intolerable.

This indicates something very amiss in the heart and soul of America. A nation with no backbone is a nation ready to be destroyed. It doesn’t have to happen, but we’ll need to develop that backbone soon to avoid disaster.