culture wars

A Vicious Virtue

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

In the case of contemporary vicious virtue, the agendas of hip, cool, and highly educated social-justice warriors apparently should not be held up by supposedly poorly educated working-class rubes. Certainly, red-state Neanderthals should not count as much as the enlightened. Accordingly, America’s opponents to leftist utopia deserve comeuppance — and sometimes the greater and more violent, the better.

Transgender Bathrooms on Campus

Heather MacDonald, National Review

A pipeline now channels left-wing academic theorizing into the highest reaches of government and the media. The products of the narcissistic academy graduate and bring their High Theory indoctrination with them into the federal and state bureaucracies and into newsrooms. Even the judiciary is affected. The opinion of the federal district court striking down California’s Proposition 8 (declaring that marriage was an institution uniting men and women), for example, was steeped in the women’s-studies notion that marriage originated as a way to impose a subordinate “gender” role on females.

A De-Sexed Society is a De-Humanized Society

Stella Morabito, Public Discourse

As usual, tyranny comes disguised as “civil rights.” The latest exhibit of this general rule is President Obama’s directive that seeks to force a transgender bathroom, locker room and dorm policy on the entire nation, starting with schoolchildren. Many of us are taken aback by this news, but we really shouldn’t be. The order is merely the latest incarnation of a long line of social engineering. The goal, as is always the case with such movements, is to remake humanity. 

The Culture War In One Graph

Rod Dreher, The American Conservative

As Western societies have become significantly wealthier and more secure, all except the poorest feel secure enough materially to argue about cultural ideals. In other words, it takes a rich society to argue about transgenders in the public toilets - this is a symbol of decadence.

Welcome To Culture War 4.0: The Coming Overreach

Benjamin Demenech and Robert Tracinski, The Federalist

Within hours of the Supreme Court’s resolution of the battle over same-sex marriage - some were already calling for further steps to take tax exemptions away from churches, use anti-discrimination laws to target religious non-profits, and crack down on religious schools’ access to voucher programs. We learned media entities would no longer publish the views of those opposed to same-sex marriage or treat it as an issue with two sides, and the American Civil Liberties Union announced it would no longer support bipartisan religious-freedom measures it once backed wholeheartedly.

Time for Conservative Cultural Surrender?

Brent Bozell, CNS News

Bozell answers an emphatic no. Instead, Republicans need to keep identifying the leftist extreme on the "culture wars" — those powerful liberals who mock people who are "bitter clingers" to their guns and religion.

Ann Coulter Gets One Right (Sort Of)

Many conservatives may not like Ann Coulter’s tough and almost personal attack on the motives of Christian overseas missionaries, like Dr. Brantly, but Coulter was right; if we want to save America we need to preach the Gospel and do good works here rather than expecting politics to fix what ails our country.

Post vs. Putin: Who's Side?

Patrick Buchanan, Buchanan.org

Our moral, cultural elites have put Putin on notice: Get in step with us on homosexual rights — or else. This reveals our amnesia about who we Americans once were, and what it is we once believed.

What the Sup. Ct. Was Really Saying

Curt Levey, Committee for Justice

No one can decipher the DOMA opinion’s cryptic use of language, so Levey interprets for us.

Taking on God in Marriage Debate

Ben Shapiro, Right Wing News

Gay marriage isn’t the end for biblical marriage. It’s another step toward the swap of gov’t for God.

The Pit at the End of the Rainbow

George Neumayr, American Spectator

The Court’s disdain for DOMA can now be applied to every prohibition on SSM within the states.

Yes, You Will be Made to Care

Erick Erickson, Red State

The secular left & aggressive gay rights activists will not allow you to ignore same sex marriage.