A Moral Meltdown at Super Bowl Halftime

Fans tuning in for Sunday’s Super Bowl broadcast may have been looking for an all-American sports spectacle. What they got–at least in the halftime show–went far beyond anything related to athletics. Instead, America’s families were subjected to a burlesque of pornographic images, erotic music, and Janet Jackson’s exposed flesh.

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The Path to Cultural Destruction–and the Way of Recovery

Peggy Noonan is right. At some point, in some moment, all of us must admit that something remarkable has happened to American culture. Mrs. Noonan, a former presidential speechwriter, recalls that this moment came for her during a high school graduation in the early 1970s. A young girl walked across the stage to receive her diploma. The girl was obviously pregnant. Noonan recalls that her first impulse was admiration for the girl’s grit and determination against social disapproval. “But,” recognized Noonan, “society wasn’t disapproving. It was applauding.” As she reflected, “Applause is a right and generous response for a young girl with grit and heart. And yet, in the sound of that applause I heard a wall falling, a thousand-year wall, a wall of sanctions that said: We as a society do not approve of teenaged unwed motherhood because it is not good for the child, not good for the mother, not good for us.”

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Panos Zavos Strikes Again–Are Clones on the Way?

Dr. Panos Zavos is in the headlines again–this time claiming to have successfully implanted a cloned human embryo into a woman’s womb. Once again, Zavos has made this claim without providing even a shred of evidence, but at least some respectable scientists believe his claim may be credible.

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Can We Be Good Without God?

The greatest moral question hanging over America’s increasingly secular culture is this: Can we be good without God? That vital question–though almost always unasked–is the backdrop for most of the issues aflame in the media, the schools, and the courts.

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The Ethics of Sex-Selection: A View from Britain

Human beings now demand to be masters of our own fate, lords of our own biology, and propose to claim absolute sovereignty over our own sexuality. Increasingly, this is extended to an absolute “right” of reproduction and complete control over the reproduction process–including the decision whether to have a girl or a boy.

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Talking Dirty on TV: America’s Obscenely Low Standards

The coarsening of America’s public life continues, with Hollywood and its media complex driving the decline in moral standards. Recent evidence of this comes from TV Guide, in an article that documents the rise of sex, nudity, and vulgar language in prime-time television. In light of recent developments, even TV Guide is prompted to ask, “How much freedom is too much?”

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Christianity and the Dark Side: What About Halloween?

Over a hundred years ago, the great Dutch theologian Hermann Bavinck predicted that the 20th century would “witness a gigantic conflict of spirits.” His prediction turned out to be an understatement, and this great conflict continues into the 21st century.

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Moral Degeneracy Goes Mainstream: New Evidence

Strip dancing has gone mainstream? The late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously warned that America was “defining deviancy down,” and lowering the moral threshold to dangerous levels. Graphic evidence of this trend is found in the October 28 issue of USA Today, which featured an article on “Stripping’s New Side.” It’s not for the faint-hearted.

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‘Mein Kampf’ in Malaysia? Anti-Semitism Updated

“If the Jews were alone in this world, they would suffocate as much in dirt and filth, as they would carry on a detestable struggle to cheat and to ruin each other, although the complete lack of the will to sacrifice, expressed in their cowardice, would also in this instance make the fight a comedy.” So wrote Adolf Hitler in Mein Kampf.

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A Worldview Clash at the United Nations

Standing again before the General Assembly of the United Nations, President Bush not only did not back down–he pressed his case. The civilized world still faces a grave challenge, he asserted, and that challenge remains terrorism in all its forms.

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The Secular Hatred of the Ten Commandments

The controversy over Alabama’s now-removed Ten Commandments monument has exposed the secular agenda determined to evacuate the public square of all biblical symbolism and content. This secular worldview is encapsulated in Thomas Jefferson’s concept of a “wall of separation between church and state” that has replaced the actual wording of the First Amendment in the public mind.

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Looking Evil in the Face: The Lessons of Idi Amin

Philosopher Hannah Arendt’s famous report on the trial of Adolf Eichmann was subtitled, “A Report on the Banality of Evil.” Eichmann, the mastermind behind Nazi Germany’s “Final Solution to the Jewish Problem,” was not a fearsome, imposing man. To the contrary, he looked absolutely normal–even harmless. The calculating murderer of millions resembled nothing so much as a mid-level clerk.

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