“We remember.” That is what I heard countless times this week as I attended two tributes in remembrance of September 11, 2001, and in honor of our emergency and military personnel. I remember that day, but why do we make such a point of remembering? What did we learn? How should those memories affect our lives today?
At a local ceremony on Tuesday, Frederick County Sheriff Charles “Chuck” Jenkins aptly noted, “…America is in a long-term war for survival…this fight, I’m afraid, is going to last for generations. The threat we face is a radical ideology with a single goal of achieving Muslim domination around the globe, including America. If you look across through the countries in Europe, they are currently facing that threat…that same ideology is quietly entrenching itself here in America and we are doing very little to stop it. We have to convince our elected leaders at all levels of government to recognize and stop this threat to our national security”.
President Ronald Reagan asked, “How do you deal with a people driven by such a religious zeal that they are willing to sacrifice their lives in order to kill an enemy simply because he doesn’t worship the same God they do?” This is the enemy that attacked us on September 11, 2001.
Do we really remember, or are we just refusing to face the facts? All the way from Mohammed and all of his violence, to the attacks of September 11, and even the attacks yesterday in the newly “liberated” nations of Egypt and Libya, Islam has repeatedly shown itself as the violent enemy of freedom that it is. How can we continue to ignore this and insist that it is a peaceful religion?
Contrast this with the principles that have shaped the United States of America. When “in the course of human events” it became necessary for us to separate from Great Britain, we declared why we were doing it. We said, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” We said that governments that become “destructive of these ends” should be altered or abolished. We then, “appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions” declared ourselves free, relied “on the protection of divine Providence”, and pledged to each other “our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
Do we remember when, in 1791, we determined that the constitution that we had ordained and established had some problems? It did not guarantee some of those basic rights that we thought should be maintained. The first ten amendments to the Constitution spelled out some of those rights and protections. The very first amendment (promoted in part by the Baptist preacher John Leland) is worth reading: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
These two worldviews – Christianity and Islam – are directly opposite to each other. We now come to a choice: will we preserve our distinctly Christian heritage of freedom, or succumb to the Islamic way of life and lose our freedom – perhaps permanently until Jesus returns to reign?
Written by Michael Hill, LTIA Staff.
Shared from https://thefineprintblog.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/911-we-remember/?goback=%2Egde_3162702_member_163678141