by Rob Schwarzwalder
November 11, 2011
During the Second World War, the great American film director Frank Capra was tasked by General George C. Marshall with developing a series of documentary films that, as he later wrote in his autobiography, would “explain to our boys in the Army why we are fighting, and the principles for which we are fighting.”
Capra’s films captured beautifully the reasons America was fighting Nazism and Japanese imperialism. They remain classics of honest and compelling documentary film-making. They explained to young men about to go to war, and to their families, the essential issues at stake in the great conflict. They explain them well to all of us still today.
Mark Salter, John McCain’s former senior aide, has written a gripping article on how college sports can become an obsession so great that both personal and professional ethics - not to mention common decency - can be thrown-out. As he observes about the firing of legendary football coach Joe Paterno at Penn State, “Penn State fans rioted in support of Joe Paterno, who could have ensured that justice was done but didn’t. They are only concerned with the football program and their loyalty to a legendary football coach. Their outrage over the forced departure of an old man who made a damnable moral choice is greater than their outrage on behalf of the children who were allegedly raped by another once-beloved icon of Penn State football.”
To do nothing in the face of great evil is not a morally neutral action. It is simply a passive way of allowing that evil to continue. That’s why FRC continues to battle for the unborn, for orphans, for the traditional family, and for religious liberty. Not to do so would be to accede to the steady extension of monstrous conduct in the home, society, and public policy. And that we will not do. That’s why we fight.