I typically agree with much of what David Brooks has to say. However, I'm afraid that he was way off the mark with his article "How Covenants Make Us." Demographic diversity in the United States is a good thing. The problem has to do with the lack of integration and assimilation of demographically diverse communities.
On Saturday I went to Anaheim armed with a pen, iPhone and index cards to conduct research on hate groups. The California Realm of the North Carolina-based Loyal White Knights Klan (LWK) group was supposed to come to a park for an "informational walk." As soon as the LWK arrived, the street adjoining the park turned into a violent maelstrom of knives, wooden planks, metal rods, fists, feet and blood.
Our battle is not with the people who do evil deeds; our battle is with the evil that drives the evil deeds. So, if you ever hear the question, "Why?" you can answer with the truth of the gospel of the Lord. The spiritual battle is real, and it's here. Don't ignore it, and don't brush it aside. Fight it with the armor of God!