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Fr. Sirico on 9/11 and the End of Freedom

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In his latest column at Forbes, Fr. Robert Sirico discusses his memories of 9/11 and the end of freedom:

One might also be tempted to imagine that the answer to bin Laden’s religious mania is a morally neutral public square. But all the great and successful battles against tyranny, all the efforts to build flourishing free societies in the first place, teach a different lesson. Freedom, as indispensable as it is, is insufficient for constructing a society and culture appropriate to man, much less for defending it. If it is to flourish and endure it must be a freedom oriented to something beyond itself, oriented to Truth — the truth of man’s origin, the truth of man’s nature, and the truth of man’s destiny. It must meet envy and the will to negation with an opposite and more than equal force — with the kind of virtue that drove Smagala and his fellow firefighters toward danger that fiery September morning, a virtue that also works in quieter circumstances to knit together the countless ties of a free society.

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Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).


  • The world is in a dilemma.How much religion? and how much politics?All isms have failed because of human failure to live and as per the tenets of their respective religions as propounded by the Messagers of the Almighty Father.Despite very clear messages given by the Lord with them as as a medium.Christianity(mainly in the west)Islam ( in the Muslim world) and Hinduism in South Asia.It is not possible for me to list all the religions existing on this Earth.So i have narrowed it down to 3.Whatever their faith ALL religions(except some wayward ones that are creations of sick minds)believe that there is only ONE GOD and state so when they are speaking on the world platform but in their own back yards they sing the song of fanatisism.I think a vigourous debate is required involving Religious leaders,Political Scientists,Politicians,all other responsible parties directly related to the issue and also the Corporate world (this is a 20th century reality)The corporates will also have to be involved because of the influence that they have in today’s world.Present world fora and forums can take this up initially to develop further grounds.A new world order is the need of today.Peace be to all!