|Discrimination or Common Sense? #71
by Joseph Prescia
The war on terrorism has brought about several charges of racial profiling. When law enforcement authorities have narrowed down their search to a certain person and that person happens to be a minority in America, then that group often claims discrimination.
According to a recent AP press release, the Canadian government is warning citizens born in Iraq, Iran, Libya, Syria and Sudan targeted by U. S. antiterrorism policies to consider avoiding travel to the United States. “Canada considers the system discriminatory because it targets citizens based on where they were born, said Reynald Doiron, a foreign affairs department spokesman.”
One wonders if it would make Canada and others, of the same opinion, happy if the US singled out little old white women at airports to search and question as possible terrorists? Maybe it would make more sense for the US to look for children under the age of 8 carrying a blanket. You never know what they might have under those warm, fuzzy things.
Almost every terrorist has had the same MO. It would be a pathetic waste of time and money to exert any energy on anything else. Isn’t it foolish to be concerned about someone’s feelings above protecting life? As we know, terrorists will use all means necessary to avoid detection. Why should we ignore the most likely candidates born in Iraq, Iran, and other Muslim countries?
Webster defines common sense as, “sound practical judgment.” Notice it says practical judgment. Sound practice of the US government has been the result of over 3000 innocent Americans killed. In order to protect all Americans this will necessitate practical solutions, not solutions based upon feelings or emotions. Those who are driven by emotions are usually lacking in common sense and wisdom.
“The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.” - Cicero
That’s exactly what the Bible does; it shows the clear difference between good and evil. Without the right thoughts and ideas to ponder, a person will not have adequate information to make wise decisions. Wisdom is correct knowledge in application.
Proverbs 4:7 (KJV)
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
The solution appears simple to some regarding terrorism. For others, feelings and emotions can cloud wise judgment. It is not discriminatory to use common sense; but rather it is absolutely required. What is the solution for the unwise? Reading the Scriptures will promote sound judgment. Rejection of the Bible promotes foolishness.
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