Youth Gone Wild by Bill O'Reilly

Secularists booming amid down economy

The Washington Times Sunday, April 19, 2009
Reprinted by permission


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These are dark days for traditional American, folks who believe the Judeo-Christian principles of right and wrong should be considered when making public policy.  The other day,  Focus on the Family founder James Dobson told his crew that the culture war was being lost in America.  It’s hard to argue with Mr. Dobson’s opinion.


All over the United States, secular progressives are on the move promoting gay marriage, legalized drugs and unfettered abortion and attacking almost all judgments on personal behavior.  Nowhere is the movement more intense than in the nation’s most liberal state: Vermont.


The Legislature in the Green Mountain State recently voted to legalize gay marriage, over-riding the veto of Gov. Jim Douglas.  Vermont is the first state to legislate in favor of gay nuptuals.  Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa all had gay marriage imposed on the citizenry by judges.


It is worth noting that Vermont is one of the few states that voted down Jessica’s Law, the tough mandatory-prison-sentence legislation against those who prey sexually on children.  An investigation into Vermont’s criminal justice apparatus reveals that the state embraces “restorative justice,” whereby criminals often receive holistic treatment as part of their sentence even for heinous crimes such as child rape.  The goal is not so much to punish the offender, but to restore him or her to his or her rightful place in society.  That is a secular-progressive hallmark.


While Vermont coddles child predators, it also sends a message to young people:  Hey, you can do pretty much whatever you want.


Somewhat incredibly, the state Senate has passed a bill decriminalizing consensual “sexting.”  That is the process whereby children send sexual pictures of themselves to other children, using cell phones or computers.  The proposed Vermont law says children ages 13 to 18 are allowed to do that but not to distribute the photos to more than one person or to an adult.


Supporters of the sexting law say it’s necessary so teenagers will not be prosecuted as sexual offenders and have their lives ruined.  There is some validity to that, as dopey children do dopey things.  However, the sane solution would be to categorize sexting as a misdemeanor breach of the peace, thus establishing that it is unacceptable for children to send other children sexual images.


But secular progressives are loath to make that judgment.  Remember, these are the same people who believe a girl has the right to an abortion without telling her parents.  So if a child can undergo a major life-altering operation (especially for the fetus), why should it be a big deal to do a little sexting?


With a liberal federal government and media, little opposition is voiced to what is happening in Vermont and other secular-progressive enclaves.


Culture-ware issues have been forced to the back room by the awful economy, and the secular progressives are taking full advantage.  If American children are legally allowed to send explicit pictures of themselves to other children, then say goodbye to traditional boundaries of behavior slippery slope is here. 

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