It is called evil

Elizabeth Price Foley: “AMERICANS BETTER START BELIEVING IN EVIL: When a mother chooses jihad over life”

It’s called “evil,” and it tries very hard to look normal. Indeed, radical Islam exhibits all of the traits of evil. As psychiatrist Scott Peck’s book, “People of the Lie” suggests (a terrific book that I highly recommend), evil is always convinced that it is “right” or “righteous” or “good” and works hard to maintain that appearance. It projects evil onto others (scapegoating). It is strong-willed, controlling and intolerant. And it hides it motives by confusing others with lies and “magical thinking” (think 72 virgins for Allah’s martyrs).

There seems to be a concerted effort to hide it somewhere, anywhere. Gun control tries evasion – blaming the tool rather than the agent of evil. Then there is the mantra that Islam is a “religion of peace” or the idea that the solution is in the government. Much of the concern in developing the U.S. Constitution was about how to stymie the surfacing of the evil inherent in human nature. Christianity is about this as well as it assumes all humans are sinners who need redemption. 

Evil cannot be ignored and it cannot be hidden and it cannot be defeated. It is the challenge of civilization to inhibit its expression and the importance and difficulty of that challenge should not be understimated.

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