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Mark Smith, editor

 

 
   

Faith and Force: Mixing religion, politics incompatible with liberty

America’s war on terrorism is being undercut by the Republican administration’s efforts to inject religion into politics. Our national enemy is the ideology of Islamic totalitarianism, which holds that one’s life is to be lived entirely in service to Allah, that the dictates of the mullahs must be unquestioningly obeyed, and that jihad must be waged against all who refuse. Islamic totalitarianism, which pervades Muslim societies, is a sweeping repudiation of reason in favor of faith and of freedom in favor of force. These make it America’s deadly enemy.

   

War on terror must be won in the minds of Muslims

The war on terror has many fronts. There are the obvious military and intelligence battle fronts in which our government actively seeks to root out and kill or capture the enemy. There is also the domestic front, where, since 9-11, we as a nation have been on various stages of alert. But perhaps the most important front is not in combating individuals or seizing geography. The most important theater in this struggle is between the ears of millions of people. It is a battle for the mind. And like it or not, the members of the media are combatants in this theater.

 

 
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