President Bush delivered a firm, powerful message Thursday as he spoke to a joint session of Congress and the nation. He called for civilized countries around the globe to unite in the fight against terrorism. He drew a deep line in the sand that calls for other countries to make a choice: "Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." He issued clear demands on Afghanistan's radical Taliban regime and reminded the American people that this was not a war against a religious belief, but rather against evil acts of cruelty that threaten freedom everywhere.
"Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them," he said.
Several times during his address, the President showed the strength of his character by recognizing God alone determines the destiny of our country. He pointed out that the true believers of Islam practice peace, not terror.
In fact, most religions have some form of the golden rule as part of its beliefs. Here is a list of such teachings given to us by one of our readers which was taken from the 1999 Old Farmer's Almanac:
Brahmanism: This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you. (Mahabharata 5:1517)
Buddhism: Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. (Udana-Varga 5:18)
Confucianism: Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness: Do not do unto others what you would not have them do unto you. (Analects 15:23)
Taoism: Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain and your neighbor's loss as your own loss. (T'ai Shang Kan Ying P'ien)
Zoroastrianism: That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself. (Dadistan-I-dinik 94:5)
Judaism: What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. That is the entire law; all the rest is commentary. (Talmud, Shabbat 31a)
Christianity: All things whatsoever ye would that man should do to you, do ye even so to them; for this is the law and the prophets. (Matthew 7:12)
Afghan millionaire Osama bin Laden's Islamic religion has a version of the Golden Rule: No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself. (Sunnah)
It is our prayer that nations of the world will turn to their god and the teachings of peace these Golden Rules represent. But if it takes war to protect the freedom to practice peace, let all civilized nations stand together to fight this evil.