Sometimes it’s hard being uncommon. Especially when you know that you will be a social outcast for the forseeable future. Lately the headlines remind me that things will get worse before they get better. The most recent example is the decision by a California federal court judge striking down that state’s Proposition 8, which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The judge ruled that “moral and religious views form the only basis for a belief that same-sex couples are different from opposite-sex couples,” and that those views are “irrational.” He went on to describe marriage as merely “an expression of emotional support and public commitment.”
Let’s put aside for now my response to the judge’s opinion about marriage. Instead, there’s the bigger picture to examine. Rebecca Hagelin does this in a recent column. She predicts a field day for those who wish to cram the new morality of Tolerance down our throats:
The judge’s ruling serves as a primer for the sex educators, liberal school boards, and social engineers who want our children to embrace the same reasoning. And their methods are frightening: They are using the power of big government to force their personal moral views of homosexual relationships on children and families across the nation.
She goes on:
School curricula and the mandated atmosphere of tolerance are already rolling over our children like waves eroding the shore; but now, the tsunami is headed our way. And the pressure for parents to be silent and conform to a “new morality” is everywhere. It’s in television shows, the movies, games and music; it’s in the schools, in advertising, in our courtrooms and boardrooms.
Let’s face it. The presumption in this country today is that everyone is on board with what was taboo only a generation or two ago: abortion, embryonic stem cell research, couples shacking up instead of marrying, divorce, “hooking up,” openly homosexual behavior. Now the taboo is questioning any of these behaviors. In the military world, for example, shack-up “families” are afforded almost all the same privileges as traditional families, even though this means passing ship movement information to non-dependents. Objecting on the grounds that a couple is not married is akin to stirring a hornet’s nest.
I’m trying to raise my children with a set of firm values. I want them to know that there are absolute truths, moral standards of right and wrong. But as the notion of tolerance-no-matter-what becomes more ingrained in our society and government, believing in absolute truths seems more and more foreign. I’m asking my kids to be truly counter-cultural.
Ms. Hagelin calls on parents to stand up for what they believe in and drown out the angry tolerance bombarding our kids. Our Lord said: Be not afraid; I am with you always. This is going to take a lot of courage and prayer and divine intervention. I wonder–is there a patron saint for the uncommon?