Inside The Christian Right
Why Democrats Are Turning Red
Does Morality Matter?
There's an old saying, " You can't legislate morality." This cliché is considered by many to be a fundamental truth. It's another way of saying, "you can't make someone want to obey the law." So what? What difference does that make? Only God knows the workings of man's heart that's His business. Public morality is what we are concerned with. Our public morality is the culmination of 6,000 years of historic and cultural standards. If our society punishes murderers, for example, it's because of public morality. What difference does it make if the murderer enjoyed the crime? Leave that to God.
But people who say, "You can't legislate morality" are really saying, "don't stand in the way of change."
Congressman Charles Rangel, in his address to the Democratic National
Convention in 2004 said, "The promise of America is that government
does not seek to regulate your behavior in the bedroom, but to guarantee
your right to provide food in the kitchen. The issue of government is
not to determine who may sleep together in the bedroom, it's to help those
that might not be eating in the kitchen."
Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Black
Bill Bennett, Secretary of Education during the Reagan presidency, warned that children raised without a moral compass would become predators with no conscience. Tony Brown, a respected commentator and author, made the statement that the black community is like a parakeet in a coal mine. If the parakeet dies, (the weakest link in a chain) it means the coal miners should get out fast. He said what happens to the black community is a harbinger of what is to come to the rest of America.
Daniel Moynihan pointed out in 1965 that 50% of black families
were receiving welfare specifically because of absent fathers.
He recommended the government reverse the trend by providing black fathers
with U.S. Post Office jobs on the condition they care for their families.
But at the time, Congress thought a mechanical answer to the problem (education
in the use of prophylactics and contraceptives) more practical. The U.S.
government decided to ignore the moral component and tried to reverse
the trend with "sex education."
What Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Tony Brown and Bill Bennett warned
about has happened.
A recent government ad campaign used celebrities to discourage kids from getting intoxicated and having sex. The commercials seem to have the opposite effect for which they were intended. Even though the celebrities were honest in relating their past indiscretions as foolish behavior, the message that came through to the kids was, "my favorite actress did it, so it's OK for me to do it." When the government imparts knowledge without morality, it is an abuse of power.
How Hugh Heffner won the debate
I believe there is a life and death struggle going on today that is every bit as important as the Civil War Between the States of 1860. Houses are divided, father against son, mother against daughter, brother against brother, sister against sister. The war of which I speak is the Culture War... or as I see it, the Morality War. The two sides both think they are right and claim they represent the true America. One of the promises 2004 presidential candidate John Dean was to "take back control" of America from the "Christian Right." The America John Dean spoke of sees the Bill of Rights as the license to engage in any lifestyle one sees fit "as long as it doesn't hurt anybody."
This is a reincarnation of the Playboy philosophy. The United States Supreme Court codified this amoral perspective when they ruled that the State of Texas had "no interest" in what consenting adults did in private, thus undermining the ability of local governments to curtail sexual activity determined to be harmful by local communities. This was, in my view, our Gettysburg... in other words, I believe Hugh Heffner has won the war all that remains now is the slow attrition of morality unless a few good pastors stand up. Sex is the hub around which male morality revolves. Just before Israel was about to start conquering the Promised Land, a heathen king sought the counsel of a prophet of God. "How do I defeat them?" was the question. The answer was relevant to America today. "Entice them to fornicate with your women." (Revelation 2:14)
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