In 1992, I operated a small publishing business in Los Angeles. It was destroyed as a result of riots that ensued after four police officers were acquitted of charges of excessive violence in the beating of Rodney King.

It changed my life. I focused my resolve to work in public policy to change destructive realities that were taking our distressed communities, and the whole nation, in what I saw as the wrong direction.

That was almost 30 years ago. Yet it’s still going on: chaos and destruction, supposedly justified by racial injustice. Why?

For the past week, I sat bunkered at night in my Washington, D.C., apartment as the nation’s capital was being transformed into a war zone.

Domestic terrorists roamed the streets, destroying private property, wanting to destroy our nation, pretending to be rioting to save it. They defaced the Lincoln Memorial and the World War II Memorial, and torched St. John’s Episcopal Church, where presidents have prayed since 1816.

President Donald Trump touched the heart of the issue in remarks he made in the White House Rose Garden, saying: “America is founded on the rule of law. It is the foundation of our prosperity, our freedom and our very way of life.”

He then courageously ventured off the White House grounds, crossed Lafayette Square and stood in front of St. John’s Church, holding up a Bible, and declaring the greatness of our nation and his resolve to keep it safe.

I do not believe any president has presented himself outside in public in this fashion since President Ronald Reagan was shot in 1981. Yet, the left-wing media mocked Trump.

No sane American — of any political persuasion — is not appalled at the horrible death of George Floyd at the hands of a policeman.

But the answer to flouting of the law by anyone demands that we recommit ourselves to universal respect and execution of the law, not throw it in the trash.

In an announcement from my organization, UrbanCURE, that called for a national “Pastoral Prayer for America,” I note: “George Floyd did not die as a black man but as a human being, under the protection of American laws, and the mortal assault on him inflicted a deep wound on every American, not just American blacks. People who think it their duty now to express sympathy to black folk must learn how to recognize that the grief is their own and not that of some ‘other’ looking for their generosity.”

Regarding allegations of racism, I say: “I don’t agree that our nation is racist. That mantra is the poison that entrenches resentment and division among us. The daily hunt for racism from top to bottom of our nation’s institutions have institutionalized the perception of racism in the post-Civil Rights era.”

“They have systematically reduced the fundamentals of citizenship to race, in the guise of diversity and inclusion — and these illusive lies have sown increasing distrust and painful social distance in conflict with our reality,” I say. “Most Americans are cordial to their neighbors, work hand in hand across racial lines, and just want to be left alone.”

Why this chaos today, 30 years after Los Angeles was torn up and my business destroyed?

I say it is because respect for the law and every human being comes only with humility, and that humility comes only when we see that law rooted in God and every person created in His image.

But too much of our nation’s reality has been controlled arrogance, not humility: arrogance that we don’t need the God of our fathers and founders. Those on the left have convinced too many that our answers lie in politics, their secular humanism and moral relativism.

The result is the destruction of life and property that true law, adhered to by true believers, protects.

Only return to eternal truths will save us.

Star Parker’s column is syndicated by Creators.

(6) comments

Spock Here

"Trump Explains His Favorite Bible Stories


Alexandra Petri (Probably more true than not)

If there was one thought in America’s mind when it watched our gallant president stride to St. John’s Episcopal Church and heft a Bible in one hand, it was: That man has definitely seen or held a Bible — or, indeed, any book — before, and he knows it cover to cover, from Genesis to Two Corinthians and even beyond! But what could be his favorite stories from that much-loved book of his, or someone’s? Here is my best guess.

Genesis: Two fools want more, better information rather than to feel blissfully ignorant all the time. They meet Tim Apple.

Exodus: Egypt, a land of very good administration, responds correctly to a series of plagues by changing nothing about its daily lives or routines.

Golden Calf: People are inexplicably punished for worshiping something shiny and fake.

Daniel: Ferocious beasts defy their duty to attack a man who has committed an offense against his ruler.

Lazarus: Very good illustration of how easy it is to recover if you put your mind to it and why nobody needs health coverage.

Job: Someone is treated almost but not quite as badly as Donald Trump gets treated every day.

Ruth: Ruth accompanies her relative Naomi to a new country in a disgraceful instance of chain migration.

Two Corinthians: There are Corinthians, and there are two of them, for sure!

Joshua and the Battle of Jericho: Very sad story about a man blowing blasts on a trumpet and damaging a wall.

Solomon: A man suggests a very good way of dealing with a disputed baby, but a nasty woman interferes.

Lot: A man’s wife does something different with herself physically, and he sort of notices after the fact.

David and Goliath: Someone makes the mistake of flinging a projectile at a heavily-armored man; they will need to come down on him hard.

Noah: This is a good, inspiring story about a wise man in a floating bunker avoiding a catastrophe, but on the other hand it is bad because he is also surrounded by animals, birds, reptiles — disgusting.

Jonah and the Whale: Bunker again, but worse.

Esther: Failed king listens to a woman about not inflicting violence on people?

Revelation: Beautiful first draft of Trump inauguration speech.

Abraham: Man confusingly remains married to the same woman for decades.

Temptation of Jesus: Man offered infinite worldly power; says no, like an idiot.

Crucifixion: Agitator gets what is coming to him."




"He then courageously ventured off the White House grounds,..." after ordering an attack on peacefully protesting US citizens . Very courageous.

Spock Here

Like Churchill! [rolleyes]

Bernie Mac

That is a lie!

Doc Samson

Nice parroting of your pro-China, DNC approved lie. Because that is exactly what it is, a lie -

Spoon fed talking points that you can't bother to "fact check", repeatedly endlessly, don't make them true...

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.