Cultural Revolutions

The "Silent Majority"

Abortion has been a part of the American national religion for several decades, and in February a federal court in Oregon decided that it was blasphemy to criticize the ritual sacrifice of unborn children. At issue was a pro-life website ("The Nuremberg Files") featuring Western-style wanted posters for "physicians" who made their living by practicing infanticide.

In the course of the trial, both sides wrapped themselves up in the hallowed robes of civil-rights marchers, but in awarding $107 million to Planned Parenthood and other merchants of death, the jurors made one thing clear: Civil rights, including the freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment, are restricted to members of the established church and not to the surviving practitioners of the Christian faith. Perhaps this judgment will persuade one or two members of the pro-life movement to drop their infantile invocations of Dred Scott, slavery, and segregation as the ultimate evils. Perhaps they will even come to realize that the murder of millions of innocent children is a more serious crime than incivility or prejudice or even slavery.

In any event, it is too late in the day to delude ourselves with fantasies about moral restoration. What we regard as moral truth (about abortion and divorce, for example) is, by and large, an expression of an explicitly Christian morality that is accepted by a small number of non-Christians. Pagan...

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