O’Malley calls for love in face of threat from ISIS
Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley said yesterday we may be forced into a “just war” but without love “we’re going to destroy each other,” while 5,000 miles away in Albania his friend Pope Francis, defying an ISIS death threat, went ahead with his first trip as pontiff to a heavily Muslim country under extraordinary security.I do have to admit, my first reaction when reading this was along these lines:
During the first Mass for public safety personnel in 13 years at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, O’Malley told the gathering of law enforcement officials, “Compassion and love can come from one’s enemy. Then, no one is an enemy and everyone is a neighbor.”
But, realistically, this is a very Christian response. Hate the sin, love the sinner; turn the other cheek; etc. Nonviolence coupled with love for your enemy is a basic Christian tenet. Add to that the ever-increasing amount of guilt over the Crusades, and you've got a recipe for a squishy, kumbaya-ish Church that's pretty much going to tell its adherents to stop drinking milk so they have flimsier bones to make it easier for the terrorists to cut their heads off.
Love ISIS? If by "love" you mean "carpet bomb", maybe. I can endorse the idea of killing them with kindness - as long as "kindness" is the name stamped on each MOAB. I don't want to understand them. The only thing I want to feel with regard to ISIS is recoil. They have made their feelings about us perfectly clear. It's about damn time we started feeling the same right back.
They have threatened to start beheading random people in Australia. Don't for a moment think they won't try something like that here, either. The thing here, though, is that there's a fairly good chance that grabbing people on the street in, say, Houston would be viewed most unfavorably. I doubt we would stand idly by while jihadists tried to behead soldiers as happened in England. I suspect it would end a lot more, well, ballistically...
So, yeah, I kinda suck at the whole "turn the other cheek" part, especially when so many have had their heads cut off while turning that cheek. I'm more of this mindset:
They behead one of ours, we drop a few JDAMs on some of theirs...
That is all.