For sure, Democrats rejoiced as they watched Republicans painfully twist in the wind at the beginning of LGBTQ Pride Month, trying to figure out how to position their party on this issue.
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel got flak from the right and from the left, as she essentially waved a white flag, declaring Republican Party neutrality on a key issue of our cultural conflicts.
“We will continue to grow our big tent by supporting measures that promote fairness and balance protections for LGBTQ Americans and those with deeply held religious beliefs,” she tweeted.
But McDaniel’s invitation to relegate these life-defining issues to the sidelines and enter a Republican big tent wasn’t received with great enthusiasm.
In America’s raging culture war, there is little doubt who is winning.
In 1996, according to Gallup, just 16% of Republicans said same-sex marriage should be legal. In 2021, this was up to 55%.
Across the board, what are generally thought of as traditional values have collapsed.
Twenty years ago, 40% of Americans said gay/lesbian relations were morally acceptable. In Gallup’s most recent polling, it was 69%. Similarly, over this period, Americans saying out-of-marriage childbirth is morally acceptable went from 45% to 67%, sex between unmarried adults 53% to 73%, and divorce from 59% to 79%.
In 2006, 49% said that it is “very important” that couples with children legally marry. In 2020, this was down to 29%.
The point is that Republican pretense about neutrality on so-called social issues — marriage, family, sexual identity — is self-delusion.
Those pushing the LGBTQ agenda, the anti-Christian, the anti-traditional values agenda, are totally clear with themselves that this is not about peaceful coexistence, mutual acceptance or religious liberty.
They are in an all-out cultural war to eradicate all influence of biblical values in our culture.
And why should they back off? As the data above shows, they are winning. So, why not continue this successful war until no further burning embers of orthodoxy are left in America’s public places.
At this writing, the Department of Education is being sued by LGBTQ activists, challenging the Title IX exemption for Christian schools to maintain biblical standards in the behavior they require at their schools. Although Attorney General Merrick Garland has indicated the Department of Justice will defend these protections for religious schools, as the LGBTQ assault aggressively persists, the language coming from the DOJ regarding how intensely they will defend these protections is becoming attenuated.
A Republican state committeewoman in Massachusetts, Deborah Martell, has been condemned by fellow Republicans, including McDaniel, for saying she was “sickened” by learning that a gay Congressional candidate adopted children with his husband. Martell is under pressure to resign, which she says she refuses to do.
Alaska Airlines is being called out by the ACLU, and threatened with a lawsuit, as result of a complaint from one its flight attendants that its uniforms do not accommodate nonbinary attendants — those who do not identify as male or female.
So, where does this go without an opposition party?
Values matter because they translate into behavior.
If the Republican Party becomes a big tent of moral relativism, who will fight for transmission of the values that sustain life and freedom?
In the early 18th century, French nobleman Alexis de Tocqueville traveled around the United States, trying to grasp the secret of the great success of the new, young country. In his classic book “Democracy in America,” he observed as follows:
“America is, however, still the place in the world where the Christian religion has most preserved genuine power over souls. … one cannot say that in the United States religion exerts an influence on laws or on the details of political opinions, but it directs mores, and it is in regulating the family that it works to regulate the state.”
We know quite well what the Democratic Party is about. The question is whether the Republican Party will provide the country a choice, championing the Christian values that de Tocqueville identified as the “secret sauce” of America’s success.
Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and host of the weekly television show “Cure America with Star Parker.” To find out more about Star Parker and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
I have no trust in either the communist Democrats or the RINO Republicans.
AND i really wonder, when they did that poll, those 55% so-called conservatives, who said “YES we support gay marriage”, ONLY DID SO, out of fear that if they didn’t, cancel culture would COME FOR THEM?
” Rino, of any political party, are ,at best, opportunists and doubtful benefit to which, for the moment hide
under a political party, much like a dog who wags it’s tail at everyone .
The Republican Party can either obey the word of GOD, or
be like the Democrats Party and serve Satan.
Ones relationship wit GOD is entirely between them and GOD.
Ones relationship between Satan is not a good idea.
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
Conservatives must articulate the values and morals that have long been foundational to our Nation. We cannot be silenced by the intimidation tactics of the Left, If we are the voice for God and ethical and moral behavior, then we must speak loudly and clearly.-The Left has no problem promoting its agenda—neither should we have any problems promoting ours.
Fun to talk about core values till the best candidate for the job is twice divorced and married to wife number three.
NAME me one democrat who ‘rants about being family values, that HAS NOT THEMSELVES been a cheater!
Generally Democrats don’t claim the moral high ground on Biblical values. Claiming core values given from God and quickly finding ways to abandon them seem like an easy way to have them dismissed. Republicans should stick to the core values of limited government and individual rights. Convincing people of your moral high ground and then explaining why they can be ignored seems so much more difficult than explaining why children do much better in 2 parent families and children after marriage is much wiser financially.
Will Republicans Step Up to a Challenge on Values?
‘Republicans’ and ‘Step Up to a Challenge’ in the same sentence ? I find that laughable.
Its an unfortunate statement, but Most here, would reluctantly agree with it.
This Quote of Mark Gaines expressed so well just What has Occurred since the democrats have installed themselves in the White House, Mark Twine said this about the Marxist democrats, ” There Is no distinctly Native American Criminal Class except Congress. “