My friend, who I’ll call Tim, asserts that he couldn’t use a gun against another person. I said, “Not even to protect your family?” He dodges the question every time.
Let me hasten to say that this posting isn’t about gun rights. It’s about how we look at ourselves, which affects how we respond to threats against the safety of our families, ourselves, and our country.
Tim is one of many people in our country who accept some or all of a soft view of reality that cannot, will not, insist on absolutes. That worldview is called postmodernism, which leads to the idea of tolerance. Hang onto that word.
It seems the elevation of tolerance to the level of a virtue is what has made the streets of London a very dangerous place to be. Especially if you’re in the military. Even in peaceful Sweden, mostly Muslim immigrants rioted last week, burning schools to the ground, torching cars, and throwing rocks at police. You know that’s not supposed to be. That sounds like Kabul, Baghdad, Cairo— maybe Pakistan. But not England, our mother country, nor Scandinavia, with their high standard of living and cradle to grave welfare state.
But is it the USA? Could that happen in our country? In your town or my town? Before you say “no,” take a look at Flint or Dearborn, MI, or Murfreesboro, TN. Consider what might happen if we handle immigration and the assimilation of minorities like the UK and Europe have done. In a decade, 600,000 white Londoners have fled the city. Their place has been taken by a million Muslims, who have brought the norms of Afghanistan and Egypt to the streets of London.
We, like England and Europe, operate with the idea that we live in a civilized society and murderers will not carry out terrorism in the streets. Unfortunately, by importing hundreds of thousands of people who follow a religion that permits tribal violence, the British shouldn’t be surprised by this blight of terrorism. To stop it, they’ll have to shut out the barbarians.
And who are the barbarians? Most agree that the problem is not with 90% of Muslims, who simply want peace. It’s the radical Islamists. And that’s where the Brits and the Europeans—and many running this country—are weak, or naive. Some would say gutless.
In our desire to be nice, to be civilized, to not be judgmental (Who wants to be branded a bigot?), we appropriate this squishy “truth” that really isn’t truth. It says that reality is determined subjectively by each person. It says don’t judge, even though we make judgments every day of our lives. So to be fair, we can’t exclude because that would be intolerant.
The Christian idea of absolute truth is in direct contradiction to the postmodern view. I’m not saying that you must be a Christian to protect your family and your country. We must, however, dispense with this idea that no absolute truth exists. Otherwise, we can expect to become like London.
Is this an overstatement of the problem? How did you feel when you first heard about the attempted beheading of the British soldier by Muslim extremists? What about the non-intervention of bystanders during the assault? What is truth to you? How do you determine truth?