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We Are All The Problem

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“There, comrades, is the answer to all our problems. It is summed up in a single word– Man” ― George Orwell, Animal Farm

We are clearly at a point where we are all to be treated as criminals. Why? Because it’s politically incorrect to name the actual criminals. If a terrorist is fueled by a fundamentalist vision of his religion, such as the Tsarnaev brothers, we are told that their radical roots are “mysterious” or religion wasn’t even a factor in their choice to bomb the Boston marathon. If we, as a society, are unable to pin down what is behind terrorism, then everyone becomes suspect.

What do we get for this mindset? We take our shoes off for airport security, our phone records are “routinely” hacked by the government and we are told that our religious faith is to be quietly kept quietly isolated in our houses of worship and not to invade our professional and public lives. Thus, society’s problem is not a group, a set of beliefs, an ideology, but Man.

The following video from German Alexander Lehman illustrates the point.


Elise Hilton Communications Specialist at Acton Institute. M.A. in World Religions.


  • RogerMcKinney

    Yes, it’s very strange that the US was attacked by Arab Muslims, most from a particular nation, and yet the US government has focused all of its weapons on the American people.

  • Curt Day

    Here is how we are all a part of the problem. When writing our Genesis account of our struggle with terrorism, we write in the beginning, they attacked us. In the beginning, they killed our troops in Lebanon. Or in the beginning, they tried to bomb the WTC in 1993. Or in the beginning they flew planes into the WTC and Pentagon. Or in the beginning, they … The problem being that in each Genesis account of our war on terror, we never consider what we did beforehand that, though not justifying terrorism, makes the terrorist attacks understandable. This self-righteous presumption is part of our war on terror makes our war self-sustaining.