Americans’ ignorance on the need for religious freedom is more than just evidence of a failure to properly educate the population. It can prevent the nation from winning the war against terrorism.
That war, by the way, is as much a war of ideas as it is of bombs and surprise attacks against innocent people. To quote the late Adda Bozeman, an expert on the interrelation of statecraft and culture said, our ideas “must be in good fighting shape.”
Or, to quote Jennifer A. Marshall of The Heritage Foundation, “This war of ideas calls for stronger substance than Coca-Cola and Britney Spears.”
It calls for a clear articulation of America’s founding ideals, and an ability to explain to the world how those ideals can lead to peace and freedom.
Unfortunately, many Americans are flabby and ill prepared for the battle. They know far more about Coca-Cola and Star Wars than they do about the core liberties that allow them to enjoy life.
An opinion poll published Wednesday by the Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public
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Jay Evensen is the Senior Editorial Columnist of the Deseret News. He has nearly 40 years experience as a reporter, editor and editorial writer in Oklahoma, New York City, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. He also has been an adjunct journalism professor at Brigham Young and Weber State universities.