The World's Longest War
Where We Are
Journals practice a laudable self-censorship of criticism of religions. The most vicious devil
worship is mentioned with little comment and then only in crime reporting of the atrocities
committed. This is a good thing. Religious hatreds are so easily inflamed, and there is so
much history of religious persecution, that we are much better off with this self restraint.
Furthermore the separation of church and state is spelled out in our constitution and is
practiced in most countries of the world, even in the former USSR and China. In democracies
it is legal for a political party to yearn for religious domination, but in all democratic countries
such parties are very small and never reach the stage of challenging their constitutions. The
name 'Christian Democratic Party,' common in Europe, refers to moral roots, not to theocratic
ambitions. The consequence of this separation of church and state is that political contention
is not poisoned by religious hatred.
There is one exception, Islam, a theocracy which has savaged the world for over a thousand
years. Its religious doctrine is that church and state are one and that canon law and civil law
are one. It periodically believes that unbelievers must be converted or conquered and that
hating infidels is a virtue and killing an infidel is a ticket to heaven. In many of the faithful this
religious fanaticism has merged with the secular fanaticism of Marxism-Leninism to make a
witch's brew of hate and savagery against Christendom and capitalism. ('America is the Great
The demise of Marxism-Leninism in Europe does not extend to the Middle East. Russian and
Chinese weapons continue to be sold for Arab oil money. During centuries of warfare the
western countries have become democracies. Even Eastern Europe is avalanching into...