It has widely been said that the terrorists attacked us on 9/11 because they hated what America stood for. And that is true. But it’s also true that hate is what they stood for.
They hated our freedom of religion. Their demands concerning faith are coercive and brutish. There is no shaking the dust from one’s feet and setting Islam to the side, in their view. There is only to obey or be put to the lash. If that doesn’t feel like faith to you, it’s because it isn’t. It is tyranny.
They hated our freedom of speech. Theirs is world of knowing your place, whereas ours is a world of knowing your time. The time to inspire. The time to convince. The time to stand athwart. Those times are all American’s birthright – men and women alike. It is only for us to have the courage to embrace them when they arrive at our feet.
They hated our pluralism. Their culture is a static landscape painted in bland hues. Ours is one built around a common creed, but inviting to all races and ethnicities from across the globe as long as the quest for freedom pulses through their veins. And when they come, it has the glorious potential to be a reverse-engineered Matthew 28. Instead of going forth to all the world, the world comes to a place where reverence for God was built into its founding charter. Because when every knee shall bend, humanity’s diversity makes for the most beautiful of mosaics.
They hated our rule of law. Their obedience to Sharia did not create justice, but oppression. Our legal system was crafted to ensure that in stating all men are created equal, there would be a government put in place and nurtured accordingly so that those words would never ring hollow or be corrupted beyond recognition. Come what may, there would be justice for all as much as it was possible this side of heaven.