Last weekend, Connecticut police arrested a couple for fighting. That in itself might not be so unusual, but what made reports of the squabble sound like an April Fool’s joke was the subject of the altercation. While eating together in a restaurant, a man and woman got into fisticuffs over who would get the last crab leg. The woman sprayed Mace at the man, who was assaulting her son. Cops said the man suffered a broken tooth and cut lip.
This reminds me of what my friend, the late Chuck Colson called, “The coarsening of the culture.” Signs of decorum lost and abrasiveness increased are all around us. Judicial avenues are used for immoral causes, there is a rise of unjust laws and well-publicized opposition to just ones. We are becoming a culture in chaos.
And the common denominator that links such things as school shootings, the redefinition of marriage, enforced egalitarianism, gender confusion, Obama’s inability to use the words “Islamic” and “terrorism” in the same sentence, and yes, a brawl over crab legs is this: abandonment of a belief in objective morality. And though few seem to be taking note, this loss threatens America’s very existence.
Thus, N.C. legislators did a good thing in passing House Bill 2, an override of Charlotte’s gender bathroom ordinance (an inane and mindless acquiescence to special rights lobbyists). This rare occurrence of a legal precedent that actually bodes well for the health of the country should be noted. I pray that N.C. legislators will ignore the noisy outrage over this successful passage.
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If our country is to survive, if our Constitution is to be preserved, there must be a restored affirmation of natural law and objective morality at the judicial and academic levels, and within the culture at large. We must have leaders who are brave enough to stand for morality even while activists instigate, academics pontificate, companies threaten and celebrities pout.
Our founders would have scoffed at the idea that someone’s rights would be “violated” by observing natural male/female distinctions, that an injustice would have been committed in separating public restrooms by gender. Such demands that special “rights” be imposed into the judiciary to accommodate supposed life conditions subjectively chosen for oneself would, to Jefferson, Adams and the founders, have been unthinkable.
John Adams asserted that the moral principles on which the U.S. is founded are “as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.” If that is the case, then why abandon them now? In addition to serving as our second President, Adams established the Library of Congress, established the U.S. Navy, authored the Constitution of Massachusetts (1780) and personally urged Thomas Jefferson to write the Declaration of Independence.
Not bad for a guy who many today would label “intolerant,” “bigoted” or “heterosexist.”
The recasting of American history in purely secular terms and the corresponding hijacking of the First Amendment must be reversed. This is urgent. Our judiciary must be rescued from the retinue of progressives, libertines, revisionists, activists, socialists, anti-moralists and anti-Americans who have held it hostage. Without morals, we will continue going backward as a nation. Life and liberty are undermined, and the pursuit of happiness obstructed.
At such time when you find yourself staring across the table from someone, looking at the last crab leg, you’d better bring your “A” game. We have a fight on our hands.
McFarland is an author, speaker and advocate for Christian apologetics.