Metaxas: LGBT Activist Government Effectively Establishes a Religion

"I don't think conservatives have understood this well enough," Metaxas declared. He pointed to President George W. Bush's approach to freedom in Iraq as a strong example.

The author attacked Bush's naiveté, "going into war and saying that freedom is our natural state ... and therefore the people in Iraq are going to suddenly ... they're gonna put on tricorn [sic] hats and start penning fiery pamphlets like Thomas Paine."

"That doesn't happen," Metaxas stated, flatly. "You need a virtuous, religious population roughly speaking or it doesn't happen."

He argued that neither liberals nor conservatives understand just how fragile and tenuous American freedom really is. "If we understood it, he would have gotten pushback on this. He didn't get pushback on this." Instead, liberals accused Bush of lying about WMDs, something completely besides the point.

"The point is — yes, everyone deserves freedom, but not everyone can handle freedom," Metaxas argued. "They need to be prepared for freedom."

His book carefully distinguishes between the ancient versions of freedom — Athens' democracy and Rome's republic — and America's hard-won experiment. Athens and Rome (along with all other societies besides medieval Europe and the modern West) had slavery, and did not include women. America expanded its freedom to include everyone.

Chillingly, he warned, "We in America are no longer prepared for freedom."

"We are losing the freedom because we have ceased to know how to keep it." This is why Metaxas wrote his book: to explain the real nature of American freedom, why it depends on religious liberty, and how we can preserve it for the future.

Metaxas did not offer unequivocal praise for Trump, but he did emphasize a key difference between The Donald and Hillary. "Trump, you can say anything you like about him but in the end I do believe he cares about America and loves America."

"I get the impression from Hillary Clinton that [she] is all about power and social engineering, that she's sort of at war with the Founders' view of America," he declared.

"I worry about my country, and I don't worry about my country because it's my country, I worry about my country because it's a country that God put in the world to bless the other nations of the world." Metaxas emphasized that many around the world see America as a beacon of liberty.

He quoted Lincoln, who "was so religious and so enamored of the Founders' vision that he called us the 'almost chosen people.'" Like the Jews, God chose Americans to bless the world: now with a new understanding of Himself, but with a new understanding of freedom.

If Americans do not rediscover the secret of American liberty, they will be unable to bring its light to other countries. "We will not be able to spread it around the world if we don't have it ourselves."