Don’t drink the Kool-Aid (Part 2)
by Marcia Segelstein
Do you ever wonder what the world will be like in 20 or 30 years? If you’re a parent or a grandparent, chances are you’ve thought a lot about the world the next generation will inhabit. And if you’re a Christian, no doubt you’ve wondered if Christian values will be part of the mainstream culture, or whether such values will even be tolerated.
Mary Beth Hicks, in her new book, Don’t Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid, makes a good case for those concerns, some of which I wrote about in my last column.
Take the issue of homosexuality. Traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs teach that the practice of homosexuality is wrong. But gay activists and their liberal supporters have done a stunning job of shifting public opinion against those tenets. They’ve even invented a word for it: homophobia. We’ve reached the point where bringing morality into a discussion of homosexuality is considered hateful.
“In no area has the radical Left made greater inroads into the values and beliefs of America’s youth than in gaining widespread acceptance of homosexuality,” Hicks writes. “Should the trend of the past twenty years continue into the next generation, our grandchildren absolutely will accept homosexuality as a natural and normal form of sexual expression without any moral or even religious reservations.”
If you have any doubts about how quickly and easily it’s possible to shift public opinion, consider the study Hicks cites on this issue. In 2009, the Girl Scout Research Institute, working with Harris Interactive, surveyed approximately 3,000 young people on a variety of topics. The survey was intended for comparison with one conducted in 1989, with virtually identical questions. The largest shift in attitude was on the subject of homosexuality. In 1989, 31 percent of the young people surveyed agreed that “gay and lesbian relationships are okay, if that is a person’s choice.” Twenty years later, 59 percent agreed.
Hicks sums it up this way: “Despite the moral teachings of our religious heritage, it is now considered bigoted to believe that sexual intimacy is not an entitlement for everyone …. The purpose of coupling isn’t to create stability for the individuals or the community, but to satisfy the urges and desires of those in the relationship.”
Another major shift affecting the daily lives of school-aged children has occurred within the education establishment. The philosophy of teaching — the very definition of teaching — has changed, at least among many educators. In a survey commissioned by the American Enterprise Institute, history teachers reported that, as Hicks puts it, “it is more important … that students learn to celebrate the diversity among the different ethnic, religious, and immigrant groups living in the U.S.A. than to know the common history that defines our past.”
Hicks pulls no punches when she describes what she believes is behind that multicultural movement: a disdain for the concept of American exceptionalism. “[T]he multicultural movement, especially as presented in our educational institutions, isn’t really about fostering greater respect among people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds. It’s about building the self-esteem of certain ethnic groups while shaming those who have the audacity to prefer a distinct American culture.”