The en­emy within

Amer­i­cans are turned against their own moral tol­er­ance

The Washington Times Daily - - OPINION - Michael D. Evans is the head of sev­eral promi­nent international non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions in the United States, the Nether­lands and Is­rael, in­clud­ing the Friends of Zion Her­itage Cen­ter and Mu­seum in Jerusalem.

the fa­mous in­tro­spec­tive say­ing, pop­u­lar­ized by Walt Kelly’s “Pogo” car­toon, goes, “We have met the en­emy, and he is us.

At heart, this di­vi­sion is largely fu­eled by an ide­ol­ogy that rel­a­tivizes moral­ism and hates the idea of God. This ide­ol­ogy says evil doesn’t ac­tu­ally ex­ist, peo­ple are ba­si­cally good, and in­di­vid­u­als can­not re­ally be held ac­count­able for wrong­do­ing. It re­jects God and his moral law, and de­mands the Bi­ble be cast out of Amer­ica.

Sup­port­ers of this ide­ol­ogy are the ar­chi­tects of Roe v. Wade, a rul­ing that has re­sulted in the mur­der of al­most 60 mil­lion un­born chil­dren, and of En­gel v. Vi­tale, the rul­ing that re­moved prayer from pub­lic schools. Just re­cently, I read that a high school se­nior in Penn­syl­va­nia was barred from pray­ing in Je­sus’ name at her grad­u­a­tion be­cause do­ing so “ex­cludes other reli­gions.

The prob­lem with moral rel­a­tivism — be­sides caus­ing us to be in­tol­er­ant un­der the guise of tol­er­ance — is that it triv­i­al­izes the se­ri­ous is­sues we face to­day. We end up cod­dling evil by re­fus­ing to con­front it.

For ex­am­ple, on the war on ter­ror, lib­eral left­ists have con­vinced many Amer­i­cans that mil­i­tary action is the wrong ap­proach. The day af­ter the London Bridge at­tack — which killed eight peo­ple and wounded scores more — a pop­u­lar au­thor took to Twit­ter to tell her sub­stan­tial num­ber of fol­low­ers that the cure for ter­ror­ism is love

“When ter­ror at­tacks hap­pen, I think of the Whos in the Grinch, singing af­ter Xmas is ru­ined. It isn’t fear/hate that changes him: it’s love,” she posted.

In this world of rel­a­tiv­ity, we are evil for re­tal­i­at­ing against evil and in­hu­man for launch­ing a pre-emp­tive strike to pre­vent a sure dan­ger. Self-loathing has re­placed right­eous indig­na­tion, while vi­o­lent mock­ery of a pres­i­dent is cel­e­brated as artis­tic and in­sight­ful

This is all com­ing from within us, and un­til we shake our­selves out of this fog, we will con­tinue to pay the costly con­se­quences of liv­ing in a rel­a­tive world.

IL­LUS­TRA­TION BY HUNTER

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