Exporting the Form Without the Substance

Spengler, a columnist for the Asia Times, has a better understanding of what makes America unique than most Americans:

The secularists who dominate American foreign policy seem to think that they can export the shell of the American system, namely its constitutional forms, without its religious kernel. It seems that the peoples of the South know better. It is no stranger that America’s hold over the world’s imagination should find religious expression first and political expression later, than that radical Protestants should have founded America in the first place.

If Spengler is right, than the rapid spread of evangelical Christianity in sub-Saharan Africa may have more to do with the spread of freedom to the Middle East than any nation-building our Department of Defense might take on. It also doesn’t bode well for the prospects of successful democracies in Afghanistan or Iraq, unless there is a mass conversion to Christianity in those nations, which seems unlikely.

Isn’t it ironic that those responsible for upholding and protecting the Constitution of the United States are those who least understand that our style of government grew from the Christian faith of our nation’s founders?

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