July 22, 2002
Ranjith Ganepola writes from the UK:
“As far as I can tell, a group of religious fanatics hijacked planes and crashed them into the WTC buildings. I also read that they were blinded by faith, never bothering to reason. How can this lead to a religious revival? Aren’t they telling us to stop reasoning, to blindly follow in their style of religion? Are Americans blind and deaf? Are they so badly brainwashed they have lost all power of reason?”
I check Voltaire: “The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reasoning.”
This has very little to do with a religious revival, like those staged specifically to whip citizens into a frenzy. Duly alarmed, they beg their government to revoke more and more of their rights and liberties. Rather, this action, according to a spiritual principle of some sort, is the only way to produce nuclear families in quaint security.
From what I’ve gathered (being as much in the dark about spirituality as the most spiritual of people), religion is about loyalty. It’s the ultimate “us-versus-them” endgame. When blind faith prompts them to smash airplanes into our buildings, we’re obligated to somehow “get” their god in retaliation.
Spirituality is quite unlike anything we’d expect. We don’t fight fire with fire or fend off a flood with water. HoweverInstead, youwe fight the spiritual not reasonably but spiritually. To “get” their god (because His men, in blind faith, smashed planes into our buildings) we can’t use reason to expose religion itself as a fraud. Instead, we must react in blind faith (wholly in blind rage), smashing our jets and helicopters into their mountains.
As I write this, we’ve lost three aircraft. Soon as one more crew of recruits doesn’t find out there’s no afterlife, we’ll be even.
We wrestle not against flesh and blood, so reason cannot tell us why their young men smash planes into our buildings; rather, we contend against spiritual wickedness from upon high. Solving the nation’s woes can’t bring “true justice,” which, borne of faith, can’t be won by temporal means (or so they say on T.V.). So Tony Blair’s vow to help them rebuild politically, economically, and socially will never promote spirituality.
Socio-spiritual critic Ann Coulter says we must “invade their countries, kill their leaders, and convert them to Christianity.” That’s the truly spiritual option, it seems.
Abjectly spiritual, President G. W. Bush never partook in carnal pleasures, such as drunkenness, illegal drug use, brushes with the law after 1968, sassing his mother, or adjusting the date of his clean-and-sober anniversary. He will fight armed with the breastplate of Christian righteousness, his feet shod, of course, with the gospel of peace (Holly Lou! Yeah!), thus taking the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit. (How do I know it is so? I saw it on a T.V. show, not long ago!)
We quench the fiery darts of the wicked one, because this is spiritual warfare. It has nothing to do with reason, which seeks real solutions to real problems. No. Our god is bigger and better than their god. How dare they think otherwise! We must show the world just how big and ugly our god really is!
Comte de Bussy-Rabutin sums it up: “As you know, God is generally on the side of the big squadrons against the small ones.”
Copyright ©2002 Cliff Walker; Portland, Oregon