After another devastating ISIS attack in France, this time against a priest in his 80s while he was saying Mass, the answer isn’t just, “Do nothing.” As racism distorts race and sexism corrupts sex — so does pacifism affront peace.
Turning the other cheek is the counsel Christ gave in the instance of an individual when morally insulted: Humility conquers pride. It has nothing to do with self-defense.
The Catholic Church has always maintained that the defiance of an evil force is not only a right but an obligation. Its Catechism (cf. #2265) cites St. Thomas Aquinas: “Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for someone responsible for another’s life, the common good of the family or of the State.”
A father is culpable if he does not protect his family. A bishop has the same duty as a spiritual father of his sons and daughters in the church, just as the civil state has as its first responsibility the maintenance of the “tranquility of order” through self-defense.
‘Turning the other cheek’ to acts of war like this is not Christian. It’s not atheist either – anyone who understands evolution knows that animals who can’t defend themselves are extinction fodder.
I don’t agree with everything in this article. Our enemy isn’t “Islam” it’s the Wahhabis who are paid and armed by these liars.
The kind of pacifism that we follow is not due to fear of the Wahhabis, the Russians or the Iranians. It comes from our fear of ourselves, of nukes and whatever other weapons we have that can destroy the world ten times over. That fear leads to a situation where our superior intellect is no match for their inferior weapons.
Our horrific power keeps us from waging a direct war against other nuclear-armed states. It also keeps us from responding effectively to a weaker enemy. They know that they can randomly murder our citizens, wage a terrorist war against a well-armed opponent without repercussions.
Saudi sponsored terrorists have slaughtered so many thousands of Catholics, Buddhists, Shia, Jews, so many that it’s no longer big news. But when was the last time a Saudi leader was jailed or even criticized for the destruction they’ve created?
Our politicians and media will tell us that our alliances with frenemies like Saudi Arabia and Qatar are necessary to avoid confrontation with Russia, but even they are beginning to realize that our old Cold War tactics aren’t working. Wahhabi support of ISIS, Russian support of monsters like Assad and Turkish attempts to play all sides have brought us into a situation where the U.S. and Russia find themselves in the situation they’d tried to avoid.
We’re going to have to find a new way of waging war. Or peace. Whatever you want to call it.