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Irreligion of peace

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Aug 21, 2003

We can all agree, can't we, that suicide bombers are motivated by bad religious beliefs?

Either you accept the notion that "Islam is a religion of peace," and you believe these terrorists have a warped understanding of Islam, or you believe that Islam itself is a false faith with dangerous consequences. But one way or another, let's agree that "tolerance" cannot stretch far enough to embrace the strain of Islam-- authentic or not-- that motivates cold-blooded mass murder.

Now the question facing us-- and by "us" I mean the West in general-- is this: Can you beat a "bad" religion with no religion at all?

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Aug. 21, 2003 6:51 PM ET USA

    The bitter conclusion that could be drawn: They (the Muslims) cannot control evil within their community,...but (God forgive us!) neither apparently can we!

  • Posted by: miasarx - Aug. 21, 2003 5:31 PM ET USA

    Exactly my sentiment ever since 9/11. I do not think that in the long run the West can survive without Christ. Secularist humanism is no match for Islam. Without Christ we will (continue to) rot from within & eventually fall.