So Charles Colson argues here (http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2004/010/18.152.html), with Anne Morse apparently helping him spell the hard words, that we should curtail American freedom, because if we don’t, the terrorists win.
Colson says, in part,
Radical Islamists were surely watching in July when the Senate voted on procedural grounds to do away with the Federal Marriage Amendment. This is like handing moral weapons of mass destruction to those who use America's decadence to recruit more snipers and hijackers and suicide bombers.
One vital goal of the war in Iraq, and the war against terrorism, is to bring democracy to the heart of the Islamic world. Our hope is to make freedom so attractive that other Muslim countries will follow suit. But when radical Islamists ….see news coverage of same-sex couples being "married" in U.S. towns, we make our kind of freedom abhorrent—the kind they see as a blot on Allah's creation.
Preserving traditional marriage in order to protect children is a crucially important goal by itself. But it's also about protecting the United States from those who would use our depravity to destroy us.
Colson misses the point. This is the “destroy the village in order to save it” argument. What is important about this country is that we have freedom to live in different ways, which not every single one of us will necessarily approve of. See, if you destroy that important bit of America, Mr. Colson, then what you actually “save” isn’t America, but some other country I’m not terribly interested in preserving.
Which I do realize is the point: these guys don’t actually want to preserve the real America, but a theocracy they’re planning to build after they wreck the really good country we had going here for awhile.
To quote a little Steve Earle now…
People tell me that I’m paranoid
And I admit I’m gettin’ pretty nervous, boy
It just gets tougher every day
To sit around and watch it while it slips away
Been called a traitor and a patriot
Call me anything you want to but
Just don’t forget your history...
From “F the CC”
2 hours ago