Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Decline and Fall of the Family in Western Civ

When a future Gibbon writes of how Western Civilization declined and fell, losing its grip on civilizational leadership, the destruction of the biological mother-and-father married-with-children nuclear family will surely figure prominently. Today, Western Europe and white America are so far below replacement rate, in 100 years, Europe will be a tiny minority in the world. Yet the headlong rush to societal suicide through the destruction of the traditional family continues apace.

Case #1 in the UK: MPs voted to remove the requirement that fertility clinics consider a child’s need for a father and at the same time voted to keep abortion on demand up 24 weeks.

Case #2 in California was the recent unwarranted judicial decision to overturn the people's will, disregard the rights of children to be raised by a Mother and Father, and abolish all distinctions in law in California favorable to traditional marriage-based family.

"The slippery slope has been greased. If two men can marry, why not more than two? Are laws against polygamy also a violation of our constitutional rights? Was the Texas cult legal? There you had a lot of people in a committed relationship raising a lot of children. Heterosexual marriage is not some Right-wing plot to deny homosexuals their rights. It’s an institution sanctioned by all successful nations and cultures because of a compelling interest in a stable, growing society with heterosexual marriage providing a sturdy framework for both procreation and the orderly upbringing of children—the future of any society. Opponents of the decision will try to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot in November. That may be the only way to ensure that activist judges don’t further unravel the fabric of society and that government of the people has not become government by just four people." —Investor’s Business Daily, via Patriot Post

"It took just four activist judges to overturn the historical definition of marriage, not to mention the vote of more than 4.5 million Californians. By a 4-3 margin the justices struck down a law adopted by 61% of voters in 2000, which defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman … the California Supreme Court knowingly usurped the right of the people to effect change in public policy. This outcome is even more troubling than Massachusetts." -Family Research Council

When it comes to what to do about activist judges who pervert the law, Lincoln had it right: "We the People are the rightful master of both congress and the courts - not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution." --Abraham Lincoln, Political debates between Lincoln and Douglas, 1858.

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