Friday, June 03, 2005

Charles Krauthammer: In Defense of Certainty

One of the few groups still deemed acceptable to be bigoted against are Christians and the aetheist fascists of the Left make damn sure that they exercise their right to slander and smear these "Jesus freaks" at every turn in a manner that they'd NEVER attack members of any other faith. (Yes, hypocrisy, I know...)

At, Charles Krauthammer tears into part of the liberal dogma in typically masterful fashion.

The Op-Ed pages are filled with jeremiads about believers--principally evangelical Christians and traditional Catholics--bent on turning the U.S. into a theocracy. Now I am not much of a believer, but there is something deeply wrong--indeed, deeply un-American--about fearing people simply because they believe. It seems perfectly O.K. for secularists to impose their secular views on America, such as, say, legalized abortion or gay marriage. But when someone takes the contrary view, all of a sudden he is trying to impose his view on you. And if that contrary view happens to be rooted in Scripture or some kind of religious belief system, the very public advocacy of that view becomes a violation of the U.S. constitutional order.

What nonsense. The campaign against certainty is merely the philosophical veneer for an attempt to politically marginalize and intellectually disenfranchise believers. Instead of arguing the merits of any issue, secularists are trying to win the argument by default on the grounds that the other side displays unhealthy certainty or, even worse, unseemly religiosity.

Nothing has more aroused and infuriated the sophisticates than the foreign policy of a religiously inclined President, based on the notion of a universal aspiration to freedom and of America's need and duty to advance it around the world. Such liberationism, confident and unapologetic, is portrayed as arrogant crusading, a deep violation of the tradition of American pluralism, ecumenism, modesty and skeptical restraint.

That widespread portrayal is invention masquerading as history. You want certainty? You want religiosity? How about a people who overthrow the political order of the ages, go to war and occasion thousands of deaths in the name of self-evident truths and unalienable rights endowed by the Creator? That was 1776. The universality, the sacredness and the divine origin of freedom are enshrined in our founding document. The Founders, believers all, signed it. Thomas Jefferson wrote it. And not even Jefferson, the most skeptical of the lot, had the slightest doubt about it.

It's ironic that he ends with mentioning Jefferson because the fascist indoctrination policy of the government's education establishment has left many children ignorant of this Founding Father of anything other than he owned slaves and raped them to have bastard children. Then they take his (and Washington's) name off the schools and rename them with liberal icons as part of the Left's jihad to destroy American culture by refusing to tell the "yoots" of America their history.

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