America has not gone crazy; its so-called 'leaders' have

By Alec Rooney

Can we just pause for a moment and try to figure out who is on which side?

Because in terms of right and left, conservative and liberal, and even Christian and Muslim, things are getting confusing.

At a recent panel discussion held by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission in Washington, D.C., a handful of religious leaders talked about the storm of controversy that has broken out in the United States over lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender issues. The forum was covered in some detail by the Christian Post.

It is a storm foisted on us via our own media and academics, and driven by none other than our own president (and whatever shadowy advisers pull his strings), our own attorney general, and numerous other leftist bureaucrats and politicians.

One of the panel members at the ERLC was Sheikh Hamza Yusuf, an American Sunni Muslim scholar, who said that many non-radical Muslims outside the United States think American culture “has gone completely insane” over LGBT issues. 

"Even to think about thinking about it is probably difficult for a lot of Muslims. In the Muslim world ... they think we're a society that's gone completely insane," Yusuf said.

So Muslims think Americans have gone insane. Who can blame them? To watch and read our news, and listen to our "enlightened" leaders, we no longer see a concrete difference between males and females. A society that cannot see that is not destined for long-term survival. 

Only — Who cannot see it? It isn’t everyday Americans, who are dumbfounded to watch their own televisions and listen to their own leaders. We know that you’re born one sex or the other, with very few exceptions.

It’s the face we present to the world, through our movies and television and media and government actions, that wants to deny the whole male-female thing and insist that 2+2=5.

From left, Phillip Bethancourt, Sheikh Hamza Yusuf, Russell Moore, Archbishop William E. Lori, Elder Dallin H. Oaks appear on a ERLC panel, “With Liberty and Justice for All: Why We Should Pursue Religious Freedom for Everyone," Washington, D.C. last month.

From left, Phillip Bethancourt, Sheikh Hamza Yusuf, Russell Moore, Archbishop William E. Lori, Elder Dallin H. Oaks appear on a ERLC panel, “With Liberty and Justice for All: Why We Should Pursue Religious Freedom for Everyone," Washington, D.C. last month.

So it seems the non-radical Muslims of whom Yusuf spoke are really in agreement with rational, common-sense — and voiceless — Americans. It’s our elite political and cultural leadership that are crazy. It’s our loudest voices that have “gone completely insane.”

Sound familiar? It’s kind of how the loudest voices of Islam — the ones screaming Allah akbar before hitting the detonator, jabbing the knife or holding down the trigger — have “gone completely insane.”

So here you have a vast number of common people who just want to do an honest day’s work, take joy in our spouses and our children, celebrate milestones, make new friends, and worship a higher power, being thrust into conflict and chaos by a radical, loud-mouthed, insane few.

It would be funny if it weren’t causing so much division, danger and decay in our own country, and outright daily slaughter in others.

So maybe it’s time to look beyond the notions of liberal and conservative, progressive and traditional, right and left, even (for now) Christian and Muslim.

Maybe we should look, here and now, at who is working in the service of good, and who is promoting evil.

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Alec Rooney serves as communications director for the Christian Action Network. He is a longtime journalist, with experience as a writer and editor at five daily newspapers over 25 years. An award-winning print copy editor and copy desk chief, he also works as a freelance academic book editor. He is a 1986 graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., and holds an M.A. in English from the University of Kentucky.

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