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As I See It: Time for a reality check

An effective reality check requires you to operate your active brain, and only your brain, in its analytical mode. It also requires you to disengage any politically correct sympathy modes, psychosocial needs or innate genes that cloud critical th...

An effective reality check requires you to operate your active brain, and only your brain, in its analytical mode. It also requires you to disengage any politically correct sympathy modes, psychosocial needs or innate genes that cloud critical thinking.

If you fail to disengage those, you just won't understand what you're about to read. You must also suspend any contemplation or thoughts that begin with, "Yes, but what about ..." That leads to the gray areas loved by legal beagles, politicians and people who don't like to lose arguments. However, reality and truth can never be found going down that path. Are you ready? Let's start.

If Social Security is the third rail of politics, religion must be an extremely close second choice. In building a philosophical wall between government and religion, the president, congress and the courts have all but turned that into a physical wall that is coming ever closer to placing unacceptable limitations on the adherents to codes of morality that stem from a specific religion's doctrines or teachings.

This in turn is aiding and abetting a societal turning away from many religions. This is really to the advantage of liberal secular progressives who believe the government should always be the ultimate authority in a country. If you want to replace "liberal secular progressives" with "democrats," feel free to do so.

Throughout history, countless positive advances in science and society have come about through religious individuals and organizations. Many things that can only be labeled as "evil" have also been done by, or with the tacit approval of religious individuals and organizations.

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Our educational system is lacking in so many facets of history - including religion - such that youth of today are not being provided the background and the perspective they need to even analyze a local political race, or what bathroom to use. When it comes to comprehending international and trade relations in a truly global world or after being presented with pronouncements of "settled science" in the climate debate, they are content to go with the flow ... instead of doing what youth should do best and ask again and again, "What is truth?"

I read an interesting magazine article titled "Realism and Islam" a few days prior to writing this column. In Reader's Digest terms, the article says we do not understand the ultimate goal of Islam and this lack of understanding prevents us from coming up with solutions that could address the current acts of violence being visited upon so many parts of the world by radicalized Muslims.

First, to quote from this article, "The designated and determined goal of the conquest of the world for Allah has been reinvigorated again and again in world history from the time of Mohammed in the seventh century." The recent violent events that we see as horrific and we decry as terrorism against innocent people may in fact be seen as but another step in a "historic world mission" that many Muslims see as the will of Allah.

We of western culture are unable to fathom that what we see as terrorism, the perpetrators may fervently believe are acts of piety. Christians proselytize people in good faith efforts to convert them. Globally, Islam may be much closer to jihad, forced conversions or executions.

Europe, the United States and Israel are three important targets of Islamic expansion. As Europe has now experienced, Islamic immigrants have not assimilated on a large scale, but form enclaves where they can practice all the aspects of their faith as they wish - religious, societal and legal. And within those enclaves, they can plan attacks as we have witnessed in France and Belgium.

The United States is confronting the fact that our own freedoms allow people who would carry out attacks to move about and plan operations with few constraints. I find it inconceivable that our administration spends so much time downplaying incidents and issues involving perpetrators with potential or actual Islamic ties.

The bottom line is we are confronted with evil acts being done under the guise of religious piety or a distorted understanding called the will of Allah. So we may actually be fighting against a deeply ingrained religious belief system and how are you going to turn that around?

Ultimately, this may be much worse than terrorism.

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Well, that's the way I see it.

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