Tuesday, July 26, 2016

On Destroying ISIS

News today of an ISIS attack on a church in France, in which ISIS terrorist slit the throat of octogenerian priest.

At the RNC convention, Donald Trump promised to "destroy ISIS."

This is not the first time he's said this, of course.

I think most people agree with this goal, and the means to the end, but quite a few are unwilling to be as blunt and transparent about it as Trump (which some voters find attractive). Obama, winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace, drops bombs on ISIS:

As a pacifist, I agree with the goal (destroying ISIS) but not Trump's (and Obama's) means to the end (dropping bombs on Syria, joining with Saudi Arabia to bomb Yemen, and strengthening NATO).

So how would a Christian pacifist "destroy ISIS."

And why are so many Democrats quiet about Obama's bombing of ISIS?

Democrats believe in "multiculturalism."

The idea of destroying an entire culture doesn't sit easy with them.

As a Christian Theocrat, I'm all for destroying all non-Christian cultures.

But as a Christian pacifist, I'm against bombs and other forms of violence to accomplish this "genocide."

Historical Precedents

ISIS is not the first group of terrorists Americans have had to deal with. President Thomas Jefferson dealt with terrorists during his administration. Those terrorists were called "Indians." Not all Americans treated all Indians in a consistently Christian manner, and not all Indians were terrorists, but many Indians attacked not only American settlers, but other Indians as well. In 1779, Jefferson explained to Sir Guy Carleton, the Governor of Canada:

"The known rule of warfare of the Indian Savages is an indiscriminate butchery of men, women and children."

Sounds like ISIS.

Jefferson's letter was an echo of the Declaration of Independence, which said King George III

has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions

Not all religions are equal. Any religion which kills innocent people is a "false religion," to use the words of James Madison, the "Father of the Constitution."

We do not live in a meaningless, random, evolving, amoral world. There really is such a thing as "evil," and it is defined by "The Laws of Nature and of Nature's God," which Blackstone said were only to be found in the Christian Bible.

Christian culture -- whether in Africa, Brazil, Byzantium, New England, or China -- is good. ISIS culture is bad. The world would be a better place if it were eradicated.

Jefferson and America's Founding Fathers knew how to deal with terrorists from false religions. Jefferson compiled a collection of his favorite teachings of Jesus Christ in order to civilize the Indians. Congress appropriated funds to various missionary agencies to Christianize the heathen. This was good foreign policy.

It was a good thing to for America to destroy "native American" culture. They lived in poverty, "darkness" and superstition. They needed the Light from a shining City upon a Hill. The chiefs of the Delaware Indians wanted their people to lose their dysfunctional culture and become like the Americans. On May 12, 1779, in a speech to the Delaware Indian Chiefs, George Washington advised them:

You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are. Congress will do every thing they can to assist you in this wise intention.
The Writings of George Washington, JC Fitzpatrick, ed., Wash. DC: US Gov't Printing Office, 1932, Vol 15, p.55.

I oppose coercing taxpayers into funding missionary agencies, but the direction of America's Founding Fathers is a direction we must follow today.

And while it was good to destroy savage Indian culture, it was immoral and unChristian to use violence to do so. And sometimes the destroyer of culture does not represent true Christianity, and may be destroying Christian culture. The real goal is to create conditions in which savage cultures want to abolish themselves. We see this with the Delaware Indians. This is called "repentance."

Americans have a lot to repent of. A lot of American "culture" should be extermintaed.

We must destroy ISIS through evangelism. We should have used evangelism in Iraq rather than armed invasion.

This (non-violent evangelism) is the policy that will be most vocally attacked by Democrats. They will sound the alarms against "Christian Theocrats" and deploy all their "multiculturalism" weapons. They are horrified at the prospect of "destroying" an "indigenous" "culture." But they won't say anything if Hillary promises to destroy ISIS by murdering them all using weapons of mass destruction.