June 8, 2005
Here in the UK, plans are afoot for another one of those massive campaigns to save the starving in Africa.
The musical promoter Bob Geldof, who apparently can't get through a sentence without uttering an obscenity, says the people here have a "moral obligation" to help Africa and the spectre of "children dying on our television screens."
The problem in the parts of Africa that are poor is corrupt government, bad religion and the wrong economic system.
Billions of dollars and other aid has been poured into Africa over the years and it has made little difference to those nations with starving children and civil war.
Liberal pagans like events such as "Live 8," as Geldof calls his campaign, because it gives them a moral sense without having to deal with reality, or consider God.
In Britain they observe only the pagan, the evolutionary Charles Darwin, and the low and vile.
It's getting that way in America, too, but there is still a sense of the presence of God, though even believers take him less seriously in the age of consumption.
As for Africa, if I were to send money, it would be to Christian missionaries, not the likes of Bob Geldof.
In Nothern Ireland, I'm Cal Thomas.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.