Porn Does Prime Time

Being a culture-watcher requires watching trends and asking what they mean. Reading Frank Rich’s column about pornography in America is like watching nails driven deeper in a coffin. I am not one who holds to sentimental views about our heritage as a Christian nation. I know the founding father’s were as influenced by the Enlightenment as Christianity and I know many of them were deists.

However, I also know that our democratic concept of liberty requires a corresponding responsibility, and in our nation’s case, for over 200 years “responsibility” was largely defined by a Judeo-Christian tradition that held us together despite our differences. All that is changing. Last week Gallup reported that opposition to gay marriage is declining: only 53% oppose such unions, compared to 65% just 7 years ago. The report also noted that 83% of evangelical Protestants were opposed to gay marriage.

This contrast between ‘evangelicals’ and the rest of America is a defining trend that bears watching. The shifts in American moral sensibilities are consistently at odds with evangelicals, who while wildly self-congratulatory at our increased perceived political clout and growing sub-culture (music, books etc.) are increasingly at odds and out-of-step with the rest of culture.

Which brings me to this ‘must-read editorial by the NYT’s Frank Rich in which he outlines the mainstreaming of pornography in American life. It is a distressingly matter-of-fact description of another dimension of our society where we have lost our way and don’t even know we are lost. Read it and weep.

Finally, Porn Does Prime Time

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