Evil Political Philosophy Straps Bombs on Children


Prof. William Wagner

WFFC Distinguished Chair for Faith & Freedom at SAU

What kind of evil political philosophy straps bombs on children?

Family Members Bomb Three Churches

The Wall Street Journal reports that a family attacked three Christian churches this week in Indonesia. Inspired by Islamic State, father, mother, and children executed suicide bombings. Why? To kill Christian people. They accomplished their evil.  The coordinated attack left many dead and injured.

According to the report, father exploded a car bomb at a church. At a second church, mother and two daughters strapped bombs to their bodies. Then they exploded. The first daughter was twelve-years-old. The second was nine. Elsewhere, two of the family’s other children bombed a third church. Here, the sons executed the evil. One of these boys was sixteen years old, and the other eighteen.

Atrocities in the Name of a Theocratic Political System

According to the Journal, Islamic State recruits children and uses child soldiers. Previously, ISIS published a video of a toddler shooting dead a prisoner. Atrocities in the name of a theocratic-political system. More terrorism seeking to coerce religious governance, the dogma of which few take the time to understand.

What kind of religious-political philosophy leads parents to strap bombs on their children? Whatever it is, good people must oppose it.  Why?  First, it is antithetical to the moral directive to love your neighbor as yourself. Next, it is adverse to the political imperative that no religion establish itself as the governing authority for a nation. Finally, it is hostile to the self-evident truth that governing authorities must refrain from infringing on a person’s free exercise of their religion.

Time to End the Silence

Edmond Burke wisely admonished that: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing.”

Where is the moral outcry? Moreover, why do some not condemn the evil violence? Additionally, why do others, who condemn the violence, refuse to condemn the underlying tenets and political philosophy that precipitates it? It is time to end the silence.


About the Author

Prof. William Wagner
WFFC Distinguished Chair for Faith & Freedom at SAU
Professor Wagner holds the WFFC Distinguished Chair for Faith & Freedom at Spring Arbor University. He has a special interest in building and preserving environments where Christians may share the Good News of Jesus, free from persecution and oppression.

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