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September 23, 2012

Conflict of civilizations

No matter who sits in the White House, the war on terror goes on. This war, however, is not just about terrorists but includes a conflict of civilizations. The war aspect strikes close to home – too close. Kokomo has lost another hero.

According to RTV6, “A Hoosier Marine was killed in Afghanistan Saturday [Sept. 15], according to the Department of Defense.

“Sgt. Bradley W. Atwell, 27, from Kokomo, died while supporting combat operations in the Helmand province, the DOD said. Atwell was assigned to the Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13.

“Officials confirmed Atwell was killed in the Taliban attack at a British base, in which attackers dressed in U.S. Army uniforms and infiltrated the camp.

“Atwell was one of two U.S. Marines killed in the attack. Atwell’s commanding officer, Lt. Col. Christopher K. Raible, 40, of Huntingdon, Pa., was also killed.”

We offer Sgt. Bradley Atwell’s family and friends our prayers and sympathies. We also offer our prayers and sympathies for the family of commanding officer Christopher Raible.

We did not initiate the war on terror, and our attempts to fight the war at its source have been painfully slow. Complicating the war on terror is the broader conflict between peaceful civilizations. Let me elaborate.

Americans usually avoid insulting the religious, yet are quite tolerant of such insults. I have often been appalled at how people mock my particular religious beliefs. Mocking the Bible, mocking Jesus, and treating Christianity with contempt are common in our society. Those of us who are evangelicals are considered fair game. It is no longer appropriate to tell racist jokes or gender jokes or ethnic jokes or jokes about sexual orientation; we cannot tell jokes about Muslims or Hindus, but we can freely mock evangelical Christians and other forms of Christianity.

We have long paid our tax money to college professors who have mocked Christian beliefs and stereotyped Christians as mindlessly naive. The entertainment industry, the music industry, artists and others have developed many sacrilegious and blasphemous productions.

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