Flip on the TV, peruse the Internet, or page through the average magazine on the newsstand today, and it is difficult to ignore the obvious: America’s moral values seem to be slipping to new lows every year. Images that would have rated swift condemnation from our nation’s religious leaders (and likely a fine from the FCC) just a few short years ago are now standard fare on today’s television screens. Profanity that few sailors would have been caught uttering in mixed company in previous generations now falls freely from the lips of teens and young adults. And behaviors that once would have been unthinkable in civilized society are now embraced by whole communities as basic rights.
Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman put his signature to an historic bill April 13 banning abortions of pre-born babies beyond 20 weeks from conception. The enactment of the legislation makes Nebraska the first state with a law directly challenging the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.
Homosexual couples began marrying March 9 in Washington, DC, nearly a week after a measure permitting same-sex marriage passed its final legal hurdles and became law. Scores of couples picked up the marriage licenses they had been allowed to apply for on March 3, even as opponents continued their efforts to get the measure overturned or placed before the city’s residents in a ballot referendum.
When Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, was invited back in October to be the guest speaker at a February 25 prayer luncheon at Andrews Air Force Base, he had no idea he would be expected to suspend his opinions on such issues as homosexuals serving in America’s military. After all, as a noted pro-family spokesman he can certainly be expected to promote values that are conducive to strong families and a stable society. His reputation in that capacity is, no doubt, what garnered him an invitation to speak at the prayer luncheon (and thousands of similar events over the course of his career) in the first place.
A recent report by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life seems to validate concerns among Christian leaders that younger generations of Americans are losing the spiritual moorings that have helped keep their nation strong from its founding.
America’s most high-profile homosexual clergyman, Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, came out in early February with a bit of audacious scriptural interpretation meant to justify the actions of men and women who wish to practice both the Christian faith as well as a lifestyle condemned in the Bible. Robinson was given the opportunity to flesh out his “inclusive” theology during an appearance at the National Press Club, where he helped to announce the launch of a pro-homosexual “American Prayer Hour,” designed to “affirm inclusive values and call on all nations … to decriminalize the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.”
A pink version of a popular board game has some Christian leaders seeing red. The Ouija Board, which has been a staple of kid’s sleepovers and teen parties for years, incorporates a board covered with numbers, the alphabet, and other words and emblems, along with a pointer that “mystically” answers questions posed by participants.
A 30-second Super Bowl ad, which pro-abortion and feminist groups had feared would offer a strong pro-life, anti-abortion message, instead did what the its sponsor said it would: celebrate family and life. The ad, in keeping with the comic tone of the majority of the advertisements running during the game, featured Pam Tebow, the mother of college football standout Tim Tebow, reminiscing about the struggles she faced in seeing her future Heisman Trophy-winning son come into the world.
Focus on the Family’s desire to run a pro-life advocacy advertisement during the Super Bowl on February 7 has gained the traditional values group far more publicity than its leadership could ever have imagined.
It took a lawsuit filed by the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) to convince the Fairfax County (Virginia) school district to reinstate an honors student into good standing with the district’s National Honor Society (NHS). The senior at Alexandria’s Jefferson High School for Science and Technology had been threatened with removal from the prestigious national group after being denied community service credit for teaching and mentoring children at her church.