September 29, 2006

Commentary:

Defending Civilization

By Jim Lopez
Chairman of the California Republican National Hispanic Assembly

Pope Benedict XVI was giving a lecture in Regensburg, Germany on how all faiths could be distorted and how there are elements of Islam that can be used to justify violence, as there are in Christianity and Judaism. To make his point, Pope Benedict XVI quoted the Byzantine emperor Manual II Palaeolgus, who noted that “show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and then you shall find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.” 

The reaction of the Muslim world was unfortunately predictable. They took to the streets demanding at best an apology and at worst the killing of the Pope and “all infidels”. Churches in the West Bank were burned and Sister Leonella Sgorbati whose only sin was to minister to sick Muslim children in Somalia, was shot four times in the back.

Where is the condemnation by Muslims across the world for the death threats against Pope Benedict XVI? Where is the condemnation for the killing of Sister Leonella Sgorbati?

September 11, 2001, the bombings in Spain and Britain, the killing of Sister Leonella, and the death threats against Pope Benedict XVI should be a reminder that we are in a war for the very survival of civilization.

But unlike those of us who still have the memories of 9/11 in the forefront of our minds, the Democrat leadership has criticized this war, the electronic surveillance of suspected terrorists, interrogation techniques, the financial monitoring programs of terrorists, and has even called for the pull out of our troops from the Middle East.

These are historic times where people from all creeds, nationalities, and religions have joined together to fight against a group of extremists who kill without mercy and purpose.  In this new world, Muslims, Christians, and Jews are joined together to confront those who seek to destroy freedom and tolerance. 

Now is not the time to cower or retreat, but to stand firm and defend civilization from those who would take the world back to the 12th Century. 

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