When the euphoria dies down and the feeling that vengeance for September 11, 2001 has been exacted, America and its allies will realize what a few have already: Usama bin Laden has won. In fact, he has succeeded beyond his wildest imagination. Usama became more than a terrorist on 9/11, he became an ideology. One that has flourished and grown, as our brave soldiers have fought and died in foreign lands. Americans will wake up to this reality eventually. Hopefully.
Over the years, I've returned many times to Egypt, the land of my birth. That land has changed dramatically since my boyhood. In recent years, this formerly secular and religiously tolerant nation has become a hotbed of Islamic extremism. Though there has been political repression in Egypt throughout my lifetime, the one benefit of that repression is that Muslims, Jews, and Coptic Christians lived together in relative peace and security.
During the Egyptian uprising, shortly before Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was forced from office, I was a guest on CNN Newsroom with anchor Don Lemmon. As the Egyptian government was collapsing, I argued that the Western media were missing the real story. Western journalists were praising and celebrating the Arab world uprisings as a popular demand for democracy and freedom.
Everyone knows someone who will be graduating from high school in the next month or so. The sad reality is that many parents, family and friends miss the opportunity to share with their college-bound freshman the tenants of the faith and encourage them in this new, exciting, and sometimes daunting venture. There are many who want to mold the minds of these young students by removing every last ounce of Christian thought and doing that by any means necessary. Here is a letter I have written to a number of soon-to-be high school graduates who go to our church, encouraging them and lending some needed advice before they enter the halls of academia.