Politics & Policy

How Is the Godless West Working Out?

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Chapter and verse on moral decline

Some recent developments in the godless West:

‐The supreme court of Italy last week ruled that public masturbation is legal (except in front of minors).

‐The New York city council voted last month to legalize public urination.

‐The San Francisco city council decided by one vote to continue the city’s ban on public nudity — not, of course, on the grounds of “decency,” but on the grounds of public health. Since that can easily be resolved by use of a towel on public benches and chairs, it is only a matter of time — probably a couple of years — before people will be permitted to walk around naked in San Francisco.

‐A few weeks ago, the city of Charlotte, N.C., instructed its teachers not to refer to their elementary-school students as “boys and girls,” but as “students” and “scholars”(!). The reasons are presumably 1) the need for inclusivity (there might be a student who has no gender identity) and 2) the belief that adults should not impose a gender identity on young people.

‐In a New York Times op-ed column, a professor of philosophy noted his shock at learning that most young Americans do not believe that moral truths exist. They are incapable of asserting that anything — including “killing for fun” — is wrong, beyond personal opinion.

These are all inevitable consequences of the death of God, of Judeo-Christian values, and of the Bible as society’s primary moral reference work.

The West has been in moral decline since World War I — the calamity that led not only to World War II but to the death of national identity and Christianity in most of Europe.

There has always been one exception — the United States. But now that is ending. The seeds of America’s decline have been sown since the beginning of the 20th century; and they came to fruition with the postWorld War II generation — the baby boomers.

Radical and aggressive secularism and atheism have replaced religion in virtually every school and throughout public life in America.

We have gone from President Abraham Lincoln reading the Bible every day to Alaska Airlines feeling forced to stop placing a Biblical verse on its meal trays. In a hundred years, we’ve gone from near-total Biblical literacy to near-total Biblical illiteracy. One wonders whether half of America’s college seniors could correctly identify Cain and Abel, or more than one in ten Americans could cite the Ten Commandments. We have gone from President Franklin Roosevelt proclaiming in World War II speeches the need to save “Christian civilization” to a virtual ban on an American president mentioning the word “Christianity.” And as is widely noted, an American is no longer supposed to wish strangers a “Merry Christmas” and must refer to a Christmas party as a “holiday” party.

Similarly, the European Union’s new Constitution never mentions Christianity, despite the fact that it was Christianity that formed Europe.

The prices we — Americans and Europeans — are paying for creating the first godless societies in recorded history amount to civilizational suicide. Boys and girls are not to be referred to as boys and girls; Western elites dismiss national identity as proto-fascism; the belief that moral truth exists has been destroyed, replaced by feelings and opinion; fewer people are marrying; more people live alone than at any time in American history; and, now, you can urinate and masturbate in public.

The belief that moral truth exists has been destroyed, replaced by feelings and opinion.

Western European countries have become empty, soulless places. They are pretty and appear materially secure (for now), but they stand for almost nothing (except “multiculturalism” and “tolerance”); they have replaced a Jewish population that overwhelmingly wanted to assimilate with a Muslim population that does not want to; and nearly all European countries are headed to Greece-like insolvency as fewer and fewer workers pay enough in taxes to support those who collect welfare, and increased tensions with their Muslim inhabitants.

But the good news is that now, beginning with Italy and New York, citizens can watch fellow citizens masturbate or urinate in public.

There is no way to prove that God exists. But what is provable is what happens when societies stop believing in God. They commit suicide.

— Dennis Prager is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and columnist. His latest book, The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code, was published by Regnery. He is the founder of Prager University and may be contacted at dennisprager.com. © 2016 Creators.com

Dennis Prager — Dennis Prager is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and columnist. His second volume of Bible commentary, The Rational Bible — Genesis: God, Creation, Destruction, is published by Regnery.  He is the founder of Prager University and may be contacted at dennisprager.com.

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