• Are We Learning? Moral Cowardice, Compromise on Cultural Issues Result – Predictably – in Defeat

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    Surge Summary: When conservatives and decent people cede the moral foundation behind cultural issues, they end up losing the argument. The way LGBTQ ideology has progressively twisted public policy over the past several years only confirms this. There is a hunger for leaders who will unapologetically speak righteous, commonsensical truth on these matters.

    by Robert Knight

    What is it with Republicans who try to fight the culture war with one hand tied behind their backs?

    They shift to a defensive crouch even when their position is clearly right.

    G.K. Chesterton mocked this tendency years ago. Some politicians, he wrote, would loudly oppose the deadly mugging of a grandmother in a city park not because it’s immoral but because it would be a “waste of a perfectly good grandmother.” Further, it would deter the public from enjoying the park. Anything but saying it is morally wrong to hit Grandma over the head.

    During debates over marriage, some GOP strategists recommended legalizing same-sex civil unions or even endorsing gay parenting. They gave away the store, ceding the moral underpinning of marriage.

    It took a few short years before the Biden White House was giving an LGBTQ flag more prominence than Old Glory, corporations were browbeating religious employees and the Los Angeles Dodgers were giving a “Hero” award to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

    Cowardice always leads to more concessions and to where we are now – a culture shrilly demanding mandatory acceptance of what was recently unthinkable.

    The latest example of moral obtuseness is former Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a GOP presidential hopeful. Citing parental rights, he opposes enactment of common-sense laws that protect children from trans madness as 20 states have done.

    This stance should endear him to LGBTQ activists, which apparently account for the lion’s share of his minuscule base.

    On CNN’s “State of the Union” on June 18, he told Jake Tapper that the government should not be involved in any way. Last Thursday, he reiterated this on “Fox & Friends,” telling Brian Kilmeade, “I don’t think anything can replace parents when you are talking about major decisions that need to be made by our children. I want all parents out there to think about something. How many other decisions do you want the government making for you, in your home, regarding your kids?”

    This is about child abuse, not parental rights. Nobody, not even a parent, has the right to ply a confused child with dangerous drugs and hormones or authorize surgical mutilations. Would we say parents have the right to cut off a child’s healthy arm or leg? Doctors who do gender “transitions” should lose their licenses and be jailed.

    Almost as morally obtuse is another GOP presidential candidate, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez.

    “Sex change for minors is something I just can’t even comprehend, as a parent,” Suarez told the Daily Caller in a good start. But then he added, “It’s problematic for Republicans because we say, I think correctly, that we don’t want the government telling us, or the school system telling us, or teaching sexuality to our young children. Right? And so, you know, that is a totally defensible position, and I believe that position and I agree with that position.”


    It’s not “problematic.” Child abuse is illegal in all 50 states.

    The most common moral dodge is to begin a discussion with a phrase like this: “I don’t care what anybody does in the privacy of his home.”

    Well, yes, up to a point. Americans have a deep regard for privacy rights. But most of us also believe that because human beings are created in the image of God, we should care about others. Indifference is not a virtue. Jesus made that point in the parable about the Good Samaritan.

    Nobody likes busybodies, but well-founded concern is why police get called when physical abuse is suspected next door.

    As for the morality of “gender transition” even for adults:  Do you think a doctor should be able to make money by taking advantage of someone who is so mentally ill that she wants to cut off her healthy breasts or he wants to be castrated? Gender dysphoria is real but treatable. Upwards of 90 percent of children grow out of it. Surgery is permanent.

    Sexual transition surgery violates the foundational medical command, “First, do no harm.” For that matter, how is abortion, except to save the life of the mother, justified under that timeless standard?

    In California, Democrats have introduced AB 957, which directs family court judges to award custody based partly on “a parent’s affirmation of a child’s gender identity.” If you don’t go along with little Sue transitioning to little Samuel, you might just lose your child.

    President Biden proclaimed on Pride Day, “These are our kids…. Not somebody else’s kids; they’re all our kids.” Except, of course, Hunter’s love child Navy Jones Roberts.

    Eyeing the California bill, author Abigail Shrier writes at compactmag.com, “Teachers and activists and influencers and therapists suggest to a child that she might be ‘genderqueer.’ The moment she takes the bait, she trips the wire, and becomes ‘all our kids.’”

    Scott Wilk, a Republican state senator, summarizes AB 957: “If you love your children, you need to flee California. You need to flee.”

    Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that we have a choice between “normal or crazy.” True, but it’s deeper than that. It’s good versus evil.

    Republicans who understand this and expose Democrats as the party of partial-birth abortion and mutilated children should be able to win elections even in deep blue states.

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