As I See It: Whither goest morality?
In 1798, President John Adams wrote this in a letter, "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
Long before our Constitution, philosophers and theologians ranging from Aristotle to the present day have expounded on the concept of the natural law. Humans are the only animals who can clearly make choices in what they will or will not do.
And for most of us, we are capable of understanding that harming or killing another person is not a good thing. As we mature, we begin to understand the concepts of property and ownership, and most of us do not become thieves either.
This brings us to a belief that every person has an inherent dignity and worth. In the Declaration of Independence we read, "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
But do we really believe this? If you are one of the arbiters of the politically correct mafia, you believe you can and should censor the speech of those who offend you or others. However, if you are a member of the clergy, or even an average citizen, who criticizes the immorality of a person or group, you are castigated for having the hubris to judge another person. After all, isn't it everyone's right to do exactly as they please? That's freedom, right?
Freedom of speech is either a lame excuse or a bludgeon, depending on how people want to use it. Professional football players do not have any inherent right under the first amendment to take a knee in protest as they are employees, and any employer sets the terms of employment, including the ability to prohibit certain actions such as this. If only the Texans' owner had opined that the inmates shouldn't be running the asylum instead of the prison, he would have been much more accurate.
Would you last long driving a Pepsi truck while wearing a hat with a Coca-Cola logo? That's free speech, isn't it?
It used to be if you messed around with someone else's wife, you risked getting the snot beat out of you. Now, we act like it's just fine. Actually, we act like just about anything to do with sex between and among nearly everyone is just fine.
However, the avalanche of claims and accusations involving sexual abuse, sexual intimidation, coercion, pedophilic activities and actual rape against producers, directors, actors, politicians and many other men in positions of power certainly lead us to wonder how deep and how far this all goes.
And we keep asking ourselves, didn't they know this type of behavior is immoral, unacceptable, totally wrong? I keep waiting for another shoe to fall, another revelation, which the media will report with their usual combination of tsk, tsk, tsk and breathless glee.
The ultimate goal of the liberal, secular, progressive movement in the United States and the world is to eliminate religion, especially Christianity, as a force in society and to replace it with the state and its legal system. In doing so, they can eliminate all the controversies surrounding abortion, euthanasia, LGBTQXYZ rights, artificial birth control funding and so many other issues where common morality is a roadblock to many.
The state can then use its legislative and judicial powers to overrule any moral and cultural norms or boundaries that might inhibit someone's "rights," which are more accurately "wants."
If we ever reach the point where the social elites and the government are successful at significantly reducing or eliminating the influence of religion - especially Christianity - in our society, the decadence will be our downfall. It's happened before; it can happen again - here.
I believe if nothing is sacred, everything will soon become profane.
That's how I see it.