|Winning the Culture War||Our Unserious Liberals|
by Christopher Chantrill
February 14, 2004 at 7:00 pm
DID YOU SHIELD your kids from the teens wearing white T-shirts the day before Valentines Day? The bigots celebrating the purity of teen abstinence? Oh good. Thats what the GLTB community wanted.
According to the Associated Press the Day of Purity [was] being watched by groups that promote sexual tolerance such as the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network and the Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. To them the word purity is self-righteous because it is redefining it in their context to conform to their frankly bigoted agenda.
I agree. We must put a stop to this outrage. The whole concept of purity makes a complete mockery of the gay, lesbian, transgendered, bisexual agenda, because it points to the truth of sexual relations. It might encourage kids to think about sex in the larger context of creating and rearing children, rather than choosing a lifestyle or being sexually active.
Lets face it. The idea of a gay couple staying pure and waiting until they had contracted to a civil union or a gay marriage before having sex is laughable. What would be the point? Gay sex is all about sex in its limited sense of physical arousal and release, not sex in its larger context of generation. Thus it is important to attack teenagers thinking about sex in the larger context.
If you think of sex in the larger context, of choosing a mate with whom to create and raise children in the framework of a lifelong partnership, the liberal rubbish about tolerance and alternative lifestyles is revealed as superficial tosh. In the larger context of sex it matters how you treat the opposite sex; it matters how you are treated by the opposite sex. It matters how you prepare for sex, and it matters who you do it with. And when you do it, and how you do it.
But enough of that. Lets look at sex from the liberal point of view. First of all, what about safety? Mr. President, is it safe? The answer is: No. Sex is inherently unsafe. Sexual relations expose you to risk: the risk of infection, the risk of violence, the risk of depression. From the safety aspect, liberals ought to declare all teen sexual activity illegal except when approved by a high school sex-counseling professional licensed by the Federal Lifestyles Administration. And studies show that gay sex cuts twenty years off your life expectancy. Can Big Tobacco and their evil cigarettes or Big Food and their evil fatty foods match that?
What about ethics? Suppose you were writing to The Ethicist in The New York Times Magazine: My girl-friend and I are really in love but she says she doesnt want to have sex until we get married. What should I do? Well, liberals, how about it?
Liberals lived for a generation off their abomination of the double standard. But now they are the guys with the double standard. They want heavy regulation of modestly unsafe practices in business and they have declared war on mild addictions like tobacco and food. But they allow millions of teenage girls to get sterilized by clamydia without a peep.
Why is that, liberals? You force parents to send kids to public school on the off-chance they might be irresponsible about education. What about teenagers who are irresponsible about sexual safety? Isnt it true that mistakes in sex can have much more serious consequences than bad food choices, bad smoking choices, or even evil third world sweatshops? Shouldnt helping professionals be empowered to help teens at every stage of their sexual development?
Dont despair, people. In another fifteen years, liberals will suddenly discover that a generation of girls was sterilized by clamydia, and they will decide that teenagers are unable to make good choices about sex. Then youll start reading want ads in the Sunday paper for Teen LifeChoice Enforcement Specialists at your local school district.
Theres a truth about sex that will never go away. If you want it to be meaningful you should do it in the context of the great narrative of life that arches from conception to birth, growth, flowering, seeding, regeneration, aging, and death. The more you can conform your sexual behavior in its broadest sense to this great narrative, the more meaning you will find in life and in sex.
But dont take it from me. Try it out for yourself.
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When we began first to preach these things, the people appeared as awakened from the sleep of agesthey seemed to see for the first time that they were responsible beings, and that a refusal to use the means appointed was a damning sin.
Finke, Stark, The Churching of America, 1776-1990
In 1911... at least nine million of the 12 million covered by national insurance were already members of voluntary sick pay schemes. A similar proportion were also eligible for medical care.
Green, Reinventing Civil Society
We have met with families in which for weeks together, not an article of sustenance but potatoes had been used; yet for every child the hard-earned sum was provided to send them to school.
E. G. West, Education and the State
Law being too tenuous to rely upon in [Ulster and the Scottish borderlands], people developed patterns of settling differences by personal fighting and family feuds.
Thomas Sowell, Conquests and Cultures
The primary thing to keep in mind about German and Russian thought since
1800 is that it takes for granted that the Cartesian, Lockean or Humean scientific and
philosophical conception of man and nature... has been shown by indisputable evidence to be
F.S.C. Northrop, The Meeting of East and West
Inquiry does not start unless there is a problem... It is the problem and its
characteristics revealed by analysis which guides one first to the relevant facts and then,
once the relevant facts are known, to the relevant hypotheses.
F.S.C. Northrop, The Logic of the Sciences and the Humanities
But I saw a man yesterday who knows a fellow who had it from a chappie
that said that Urquhart had been dipping himself a bit recklessly off the deep end.
Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison
I mean three systems in one: a predominantly market economy; a polity respectful of the rights of the individual to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and a system of cultural institutions moved by ideals of liberty and justice for all.
In short, three dynamic and converging systems functioning as one: a democratic polity, an economy based on markets and incentives, and a moral-cultural system which is plural and, in the largest sense, liberal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism
The incentive that impels a man to act is always some uneasiness...
But to make a man act [he must have]
the expectation that purposeful behavior has the power to remove
or at least to alleviate the felt uneasiness.
Ludwig von Mises, Human Action
[In the] higher Christian churches... they saunter through the liturgy like Mohawks along a string of scaffolding who have long since forgotten their danger. If God were to blast such a service to bits, the congregation would be, I believe, genuinely shocked. But in the low churches you expect it every minute.
Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm
When we received Christ, Phil added, all of a sudden we now had a rule book to go by, and when we had problems the preacher was right there to give us the answers.
James M. Ault, Jr., Spirit and Flesh
The recognition and integration of extralegal property rights [in the Homestead Act] was a key element in the United States becoming the most important market economy and producer of capital in the world.
Hernando de Soto, The Mystery of Capital