Why the Riots in London?

by Steve Ray on August 15, 2011

riot_londonSince Janet and I were in England during the riots, the whole situation was a bit more poignant for us than if we had been far removed.

British headlines and editorials immediately attempted explanations and suggested band-aids to fix the problem. I said to Janet and our friends again and again that the flurry of well-intentioned voices not only missed the mark, but usually missed the target all together.

I just read an article that hits the nail on the head. It would be wise for everyone in modern Western countries to read it carefully and take not. This should not have surprised anyone in London. It should not surprise us when it happens in the United States — and it will.

First I provide two paragraphs from the article which are indicitive of the clear thinking sustained throughout the article. Second I will provide the link to read the whole article.

“What surprises me is that there is any surprise. People act out of their philosophy, their way of viewing the world. For many years, decades even, a philosophy has taken hold of the popular imagination which was virtually guaranteed to lead to such an end. Yet for so long we held to the strange belief that what we believe doesn’t matter that much, that we can eliminate objective morality and objective truth without eliminating certain objective standards of behavior.”

“We have been so careful not to offend, not to be so arrogant as to claim that there is a truth, one truth, an objective truth, and one that comes along with an objective standard of behavior. Schools must be non-judgmental. The Ten Commandments are passé. We believed that those of differing opinions would respect and like us more if we told them that their opinions were just as valid as ours.”

To read the whole article by Rebekah Hebbert, click here.

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