By Alec Rooney
What we are witnessing this weekend in Paris is only the latest, bloodiest advance of Islam into Europe. And even though Europe's churches stand empty and its leaders clear the way for more invaders, this is nonetheless also a huge advance into the Christian-founded, Christianity-infused, peaceful and prosperous West.
It's been happening for a long time, and much of the West -- namely our leadership and its joined-at-the-hip media -- have turned away their collective heads.
After Friday the 13th of November, 2015, it is going to be very difficult to keep the heads turned away. Because this kind of thing is not going to stop.
There is no reason to think that attacks like those on Friday are going to get less frequent. There's every reason to believe that they will accelerate, with much of the rate of that acceleration determined by what Europe -- and the world -- do in response to Friday's bloodshed and terror.
We are entering a time when many people are going to feel much, much less safe, not only as a result of the outside threat, but also because of the seeming indifference and/or incompetence of our own highest leaders, and of those we trust to provide us with information.
Because we have been distracted, misdirected and lied to.
The invasion of Europe has been unfolding for many years. In the Christian Action Network documentary Europe's Last Stand -- America's Final Warning Martin Mawyer examines the period from 2009 to 2014, as Islamic attitudes and culture were taking hold and refusing to assimilate into Europe, and Islamic extremism and dogmatism were taking root. The film also delves into the sad state of Britain now, as the UK tries to appease and kowtow its way out of perpetual activist-Muslim bullying.
And, as the title indicates, what has been happening in Europe -- and what happened on Friday the 13th in France -- is indeed a loud warning for Americans. Our American government shows every bit of the negligence and holier-than-thou "tolerance" that has allowed Europe to slip into its current state.
After a few weeks of hand-wringing, expect these events to be downplayed. Emphasis will be on grief and human suffering, as if all this horror and death were the result of an earthquake.
This was no act of God, however. It was an act of repulsive men, whom we allow into our midst and do not question, even when their actual religious doctrine teach murder, hatred, oppression even of their own wives and families, and ... conquest.
Along with being "the West," and with being American, European, German, British, etc., many of us are also Christians, the declared target and foe of Friday's repulsive men and thousands more like them. This means we serve a God who is not bloodthirsty and capricious, but who gives us free will, wants the best for us, and allows us to choose our own path.
That path just became a lot more treacherous, but it is increasingly obvious that the Western world had better start walking it, and with resolve.
There is no standing still.
Alec Rooney serves as communications director for the Christian Action Network. He is a longtime journalist, with experience as a writer and editor at five daily newspapers over 25 years. An award-winning print copy editor and copy desk chief, he also works as a freelance academic book editor. He is a 1986 graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., and holds an M.A. in English from the University of Kentucky.