President Trump has been attacked by the ever-vigilant Never Trumpers for some of the comments he made in the address he delivered while in Warsaw, Poland. Here are some of the “disturbing” things he said:
We are the freest and the greatest community of nations the world has ever known. We write symphonies. We pursue innovation. We celebrate our ancient heroes, embrace our timeless traditions and customs, and always seek to explore and discover new frontiers. We reward brilliance, strive for excellence, and cherish inspiring works of art that honor God. We treasure the rule of law—and protect the right to free expression. We empower women as pillars of our society and our success. We put faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, at the center of our lives.
Just as Poland could not be broken [during World War II by the invasion of the Nazis], I declare today for the world to hear that the West will never, ever be broken. Our values will prevail. Our people will thrive. And our civilization will triumph…. So, together, let us all fight like the Poles – for family, for freedom, for country, and for God.
Sacrilege! Racist! Intolerant of diversity! That’s been the response by some. “Donald Trump referred 10 times to ‘the West’ and five times to ‘our civilization,’” liberal political commentator Peter Beinart wrote in The Atlantic. “His white nationalist supporters will understand exactly what he means. It’s important that other Americans do, too… The West is a racial and religious term.”
Actually, it’s a moral term. It’s not about race or region. It’s about religion – the Christian religion – and the source of morality and the rights it codifies into law. That’s why our Declaration of Independence includes the following:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
No Creator – no permanent rights. Compare our Declaration with the French Declaration of the Rights of Man that “is in the spirit of ‘secular natural law,’ which does not base itself on religious doctrine or authority, in contrast with traditional natural law theory, which does.” How are rights maintained in a matter-only cosmos where survival of the fittest reigns supreme? You might want to ask those who lost their lives under the falling sharp blade of Madame Guillotine.
Civilization was once identified with Christianity; it was almost a synonym for it. Winston Churchill, for example, saw the Battle of Britain as a struggle between the kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness. “Upon this battle,” Churchill said on the 18th of June 1940, “depends the survival of Christian civilization.”1
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- Quoted in John Baillie, What is Christian Civilization? (London: Oxford University Press, 1945), 5. [↩]