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From the Pen of David Horowitz: December 6, 2009

December 6, 2009

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If Allah is the maker of life, as Mohammed Atta believed, could He desire the destruction of what he had created? What is suicide but rage at the living, and contempt for the life left behind? Mohammed Atta offered his deed of destruction as a gift to God. In his eyes, his martyrdom was unselfish and the strangers he killed were not innocent. His mission was to purge the world of wasteful pleasures, to vanquish the guilty and to implement God’s grace.But if God wanted to cleanse His creation, why would He need Mohammed Atta to accomplish His will?

These are the questions of an agnostic, who has no business saying what God desires or does not. Nonetheless, an agnostic can appreciate believers like Pascal, whose humility is transparent and who are attempting to make sense of the incomprehensible through faith. Why are we born? Why are we here? Why do we die? An agnostic can respect the faith of a skeptic who confronts our misery and refuses to concede defeat. He can admire a faith that provides consolation for the inconsolable, and in a heartless world finds reason to live a moral life.

But murder is not moral and the desire to redeem the world requires it. Because redemption requires the damnation of those who do not want to be saved.

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My father was an atheist who embraced the secular belief of the social redeemers. Along with all who think they have practical answers to the absurd cruelties of our human lot, my father felt superior to those who do not, especially those who take solace in a religious faith. In this prejudice, my father had impressive company. The psychologist Sigmund Freud regarded religion as an illusion without a future. But, like all revolutionaries Freud could not live without his own reservoir of belief, which was science. Progress was his human faith.

Whether they are secularists like my father and Freud, or religious zealots like Mohammed Atta, those who believe we can become masters of our fates think they know more than Pascal. But in their search for truth where do they imagine they have gone that he did not go before them? What do they think they know that Pascal did not? Their bravado is only a mask for the inevitable defeat that is our common lot, an inverse mirror of their human need.

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5 Comments
  1. Donna permalink
    December 6, 2009 5:52 am

    “If Allah is the maker of life, as Mohammed Atta believed, could He desire the destruction of what he had created?”
    Everyone puts their faith in something….I put mine in the God of the bible…..and he would not desire the destruction of life…….nor would he offer virgins to those who do. Maybe what really motivates these men are all those virgins….that’s immoral and God is not an imm0ral God. The wisdom of the world gets in the way of knowing the wisdom of God. If someone truly seeks God he doesn’t need degrees, although he can have them. What he needs is the desire to truly seek God…..that desire can come by continuing to seek God through prayer. Morality and goodness comes from God…..With Him we know there is something after death…it isn’t just that we die and that’s it. On earth we have a better life following Him…..reason to have joy and peace in the midst of chaos. Are we followers of God perfect?? absolutely not!! but we are trying and we are forgiven. I would challenge anyone who truly wants to know if there is a God to pray and seek him for 6 months. What’s 6 months out of a lifetime? Only you will know if you truly are seeking Him or if you are waiting out the 6 months to prove Him wrong. We can know what God desires because He tells us through scripture. God tells us that anyone that seeks Him will find Him. David, I have been praying for you and will continue to in hopes that you will seek the only true and living God Jehovah. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

  2. Fred Alexander permalink
    December 6, 2009 10:24 am

    Its simple.. Atta killed because he believes his imaginary god friend is more imaginarily powerful than the imaginary god friend of the person he killed. In other words some nut case who follows the teachings of a cleric or imam who is lost in ancient times and believes Mohammed, a sex fein, warrior, robber, pedophile, torturer, rapist, etc. was a prophet who commanded infidels to convert to Islam or be killed…..Go figure

    • Donna permalink
      December 6, 2009 12:06 pm

      lol simply put but true :)

  3. Carol permalink
    December 6, 2009 1:57 pm

    David Horowitz talks about the kind of hubris had by those who believe the ideas & sureties of the generation they find themselves in, or by individuals (such as Freud, the senior Mr. Horowitz, Atta & others) so sure they had a corner on the market of truth and that others before them never had a clue – never even asked a question, much less got any answers. But amazingly & almost miraculously, THEY’VE got all the answers to the mysteries of the ages. I can’t say it better than Horowitz: “Whether they are secularists like my father and Freud, or religious zealots like Mohammed Atta, those who believe we can become masters of our fates think they know more than Pascal. But in their search for truth where do they imagine they have gone that he did not go before them? What do they think they know that Pascal did not?”

    When I read Horowitz I immediately recalled what GK Chesterton wrote about having respect for the thoughts (questions & answers) from those who’ve gone before:

    “Tradition may be defined as an extension of the franchise. Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. All democrats object to men being disqualified by the accident of birth; tradition objects to their being disqualified by the accident of death.”
    GK Chesterton, “Orthodoxy”

    David Horowitz was born into & has lived in the hubristic belief system of leftism/communism/radicalism/totalitarianism, & he understands the awful means it employs and the awful ends it leads to. Old radicals (& new) hate him for seeing the horrible dishonesty & pride of it and for abandoning leftism and telling the rest of us what it all meant & continues to mean. They despise him for being a turncoat from their RELIGION. I have tremendous gratitude to Horowitz & I believe I have at least a glimmer of what it might have cost him over the years to have become a warrior on the other side. I’m glad he’s on our side; I am sure it has been costly to him personally.

  4. politicalmoxie permalink
    December 7, 2009 2:38 pm

    @ Carol

    Well said, I don’t think you missed a beat. I hope NewsReal uses it as a Comment of the Day!

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