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            Wednesday, February 26 2003 

Jon Kennedy, webmasterCulture wars - 2

As often happens when a subject like this week's "culture wars" is put on the table, today I came across an interesting take on the subject by another writer I much appreciate, talk radio host, author, and columnist Dennis Prager. Writing in a column on WorldNetDaily, he couches the current clashes of civilizations somewhat differently than any of the dualisms I suggested on Monday.

Though he doesn't use the term "culture war," he proposes: "there are now three ideologies competing to shape the future of mankind. They are militant Islam, Western European secularism and socialism, and American Judeo-Christianity and capitalism. The first is being spread both peacefully and violently, the second is being spread peacefully, and the third is not being spread....The second ideology seeking to dominate the world is secularism and socialism as practiced in Western Europe and supported by educated elites around the world."

It was the last point in this quoted excerpt that got my attention, as he seemed to be building up to a point that has been taking shape in my mind for several weeks, especially in wake of the demonstrations in London, other European cities, and some American cities including Washington and San Francisco. He drove his point home by this elucidation:

The self-labelled "anti-war demonstrators"

were far more against America (especially the America of George W. Bush) than they were against war. Most of these people could not care less about the wars of the world. They have been silent throughout the mass murder of Sudan's blacks, during the genocide in Rwanda, during China's crushing of Tibet, and during Saddam's wars against Iran, Kuwait and Iraq's own Kurds. American and European "peace" activists have found those atrocities and wars quite boring.

Any thinking person will allow that there are well-intentioned pacifists and "peace-church" Christians who oppose all war, and although some of those pacifists joined the demonstrations, by and large they were controlled by people of different motivations like the one Prager describes: their dislike for America, or what he calls "Judeo-Christian capitalist America," and the America of George W. Bush. He has brought good political theory and rhetoric to a point I only lightly touched last time: my belief that the main culture war is between theists and humanists. As he's defined his categories, I think they fit mine to a T, which I'll go into in more detail on Friday.

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

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