America is special, and we should not ever forget it, nor hesitate to fight for it. But, people must also have the proper understanding of why America is special, and why it is, as Reagan said, "Our last, best hope on earth."
In an article here at CNSNews.com, Michael W. Chapman reports that the Archbishop of Mosul, Amel Nona, warns the United States and Europe that the values of Muslims in the Middle East and the values of their democratic lands are not the same values.
“Please, try to understand us,” he said. “Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here. You must consider again our reality in the Middle East, because you are welcoming in your countries an ever growing number of Muslims.”
“Also, you are in danger,” said the archbishop. “You must take strong and courageous decisions, even at the cost of contradicting your principles.”
“You think all men are equal, but that is not true: Islam does not say that all men are equal,” said Archbishop Nona. “Your values are not their values. If you do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed in your home.”
Clearly, after his entire diocese has been told to convert or die, the Archbishop has the experience necessary to speak with authority on the subject.
What the Archbishop said leaps off the screen - that all men are equal. That alone differentiates us from every other country on the planet.
Without Judeo-Christian influence, the idea that all men are created equal would be regarded as ridiculous and bizarre, and though there are growing influences within our nation that wish to tear down all that is good, righteous and true, you cannot escape the fact that, without that basic belief, we are all threatened with annihilation.
The concept that man is first created, and then that he is created equal to all others, focuses on each person as an individual under God. Today's left tells you the opposite; that man is not equal, that God is not welcome in the political realm, and through means of social, political and economic justice, a relative handful of brainiacs can map your road to equality. But as Friedrich Hayek wrote, it is rather, a "road to serfdom."
Hayek wrote, "Individualism, in contrast to socialism and all other forms of totalitarianism, is based on the respect of Christianity for the individual and the belief that is desirable that men should be free to develop their own individual gifts and bents. This philosophy, first fully developed during the Renaissance, grew and spread to what we now know as Western Civilization. The general development of social development was one of freeing the individual from the ties which bound him in feudal society."
Western Civilization itself is under attack from within and without. Some shrug and point out that it has always been that way, but the change within is the most difficult to reverse. The unfortunate thing is, that without the belief that the individual has value, that each human being has worth and that it is left to him or her to make the most of their God-given gifts for the betterment of themselves and consequently, society, our very lives don't matter. Without "all men are created equal," senseless massacres can be accepted, there is no right or wrong, and there is no meaning or purpose to life itself.
Equally unfortunate is the fact that a good number of people reading this will mark the Archbishop off as a "hater."
Our best shot as human beings is to strive toward a renewed American spirit. We must reject the notion spoon-fed to us since our days in grade school, a sort of, all men have evolved unequally mindset, into a true understanding that the Creator smiled upon us each individually upon our creation, to live our lives as fruitfully as possible, doing good and being just. There is no better empowerment than knowing that you are special, and that you live in a country founded upon that concept.