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ANDREW KLAVAN: The ‘War on Terror’ is All About God – Klavan on the Culture

September 12, 2011

The ‘War on Terror’ is All About God

September 12, 2011 – 7:00 am – by Andrew Klavan

Several years ago, I was speaking with a left-wing journalist who was rather hysterical about the subject of religion — although perhaps I repeat myself.  In any case, she had heard that then-President George W. Bush prayed for guidance before ordering the invasion of Iraq.  She was appalled.

“Bin Laden is fighting for his God and Bush is fighting for his God!” she said.  “It’s a holy war!”

As happens sometimes in this tragicomical life we live, her line of reasoning was absurd but her conclusion happened to be correct.  What has been fatuously called “The War on Terror,” this ongoing struggle between Islamism and the rest of the world (including some of the Islamic world) is, in fact, a holy war:  a violent argument over the nature of our Creator.

Americans right and left hate this fact.  Many can barely face it.  Almost no one in authority or the media ever dares mention it at all (Glenn Beck is the exception).  In principle, through tradition, by law and nature, most of us are repelled by the idea of killing over religion. Freedom in these matters is our watchword. I say Jesus; you say Allah; let’s call the whole thing God.

This is not to indulge in any mealy-mouthed moral equivalence or dribble out some balderdash about how all religions are one and faith is a mountain that can be climbed from any side. Not likely. If there is a God — whether or not there is, in fact — there will be things you can say about Him that are true and things that are not true and some religions will surely contain more of the truth than others.

Still, over hard history, we have learned that there are some struggles in which the evil of the fight itself supersedes the good of any potential victory. Faith is not knowledge; we should approach the super-natural with humility in our beliefs and forbearance towards the beliefs of others. And anyway, many cherished doctrines, no matter how deep or meaningful, don’t have much immediate effect on our lives. I believe that God is three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit — but if it turns out He’s five guys named Moe, I’m not going to change my weekend plans.

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One Comment
  1. September 12, 2011 10:27 AM

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