Warren Jeffs must be banging his head against the walls of his prison cell these days.
If he had only waited a few years before starting his Texas polygamy compound, he’d have ended up a civil rights trailblazer and Twitter-verse superstar, enduring nothing more than a little good-natured teasing from Jimmy Kimmel about his new show, “79 Wives and Counting.”
Actually, that scenario’s not hard to imagine, given that the last vestiges of “repressive Christian morality” are being swept away by a tsunami of “progressive” dogma, its doctrines flowing from an absolute certainty that there are no absolutes — that all notions of truth and morality are purely subjective and, therefore, equally valid.
The inevitable result is that all behaviors considered to be unnatural, perverse or otherwise corrupting vices for the past 2,000 years will be eventually redefined as moral.
And the endorsement of these brave new virtues will be a litmus test for enlightenment and empathy. Refusing to endorse them will constitute criminal intolerance, putting at risk one’s upward mobility, and branding one with a scarlet letter “H” (for “Hater”) on every social media site.
In Tennessee Williams’ The Night of the Iguana, Deborah Kerr placed a lovely spin on the underlying sentiment when she said, “Nothing human disgusts me.” I’m sure she meant to add, “Except where the coercion of unconsenting and underage humans is involved.”
Although NAMBLA would quibble about the definition of “underage,” its members would readily agree that the young continue to be the ultimate focus of most every morality debate. Even for garden-variety liberals — as the teachers’ unions remind us during every pension- and benefits-related work stoppage — “it’s about the children!”
Unless, of course, the children are unborn.
But even that line in the sand is being washed away. Planned Parenthood lobbyists and lawmakers like Senator Barbara Boxer are no longer content with a woman’s right to partial-birth abortion. Now they’re refusing to acknowledge human killing even in the face of infanticidal horrors like those described in sickening detail at the trial of Pennsylvania abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell.
They argue that in an unsuccessful abortion, where the child is born alive, a woman’s right to a dead baby must be preserved. The skin tag in question has no personhood — much less constitutional rights — regardless of its degree of development. As the left’s Orwellian overlords assure us, this isn’t murder, it’s “health care.”
And with the help of their media disciples, they will continue to assure us, as they redefine depravity downward, that any behavior which brings personal pleasure, fulfillment or empowerment — unless, as Deborah Kerr added, “it’s unkind or violent” — people have a civil right to express and a moral right to celebrate.