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Vishal Mangalwadi on SyriaWe are happy to re-post here for  our readers the following Facebook offering from our friend Vishal Mangalwadi. Vishal is an 
Indian scholar, and author, and one of DNA’s Idea Shapers

I feel sorry for President Obama. He needs American Congress to prevent him from attacking Syria. I appreciate the fact that the post-Christian governments of America, UK, and France have (at least) expressed horror at the massacre of innocent civilians with chemical weapons. Most other governments are not even bothered. Russia’s leader, Putin, has gone to the extent of dismissing Obama’s intelligence as “nonsense” and yet, he has assumed the moral high ground. 

This topsy-turvy morality is possible because the West is rapidly becoming a synonym for immorality. Kerry-Obama moral outrage at Syria is, most likely, genuine. Yet, the fact is that they encourage Americans to butcher many more innocent babies in their own wombs, than Syria has killed in its streets.

As if pornography was not bad enough for the West’s image, legalizing Gay Marriage is sending a powerful message to the world that the West is losing not just its moral sense but sanity itself – it no longer knows what sex, marriage, and family are.

The democratic vote against attacking Syria will simply expose the moral bankruptcy of secular democracies, because the critics have been saying for two years—that is, from before Libya’s invasion that the reason the West will not intervene in Syria is that it has no oil. Regime change in Lybia was motivated, not by moral concerns but by oily concerns. Secular morality was hypocrisy, on principle. (The Church’s morality may be hypocrisy in practice, but Christianity believes in real morals.)

Secularism may be amoral, but man is a fallen sinner. That makes amoral secularism a deadly ideology in the hands of deceitful, hypocritical sinners.

–          Vishal Mangalwadi

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  1. Stephen Zahiop Yashim

    September 5, 2013 - 12:34 pm

    Prof Vishal, What an excellent and true description of amoral secularism. Oh that men will listen to prophetic voices like yours.

  2. David kerney

    September 5, 2013 - 5:46 pm

    I appreciate your thought provoking words. Since Syria has no oil, should the U.S. declare war on them for a moral reasons, even if no other nation will you the U.S.? What should the U.S. war policy be?

    • admin

      October 31, 2013 - 4:28 pm

      Hi David

      Sorry for the late response. I thought I had responded to you a few weeks ago, but evidently I did not hit reply.

      I do not think oil should be a reason to go to or not to go to war. US policy should be guided by “Just War Theory,” articulated, within Christian circles, by Saint Augustine and Thomas Aquinas.


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