It was a long journey, considering the fact that I was an atheist for the first 48 years of my life, actively promoting non-belief, working as a volunteer for Madeline Murray O'Hair to help her get on talk shows around the country...until I pulled back from the scene and did an interesting thing: read the Bible. Realizing there was so much truth between Genesis and Revelation, I accepted that which couldn't be explained and made a confession of faith, never since regretting it.
Interestingly enough, for the past 16 years working at the old USA Radio Network and now AFN, I'm fighting vigorously against the very things I promoted as an atheist. OneNewsNow.com.
The Quantum State of Consent
Posted: 10 Feb 2018 04:34 PM PST
56% of younger millennials identify as Christian. 2% as Jewish or Muslim. 1% as Buddhist. And 36% as nothing. That's double the number that made up the "nones" among baby boomers. Being a "none" often means having no sense of purpose, except to seek personal happiness and make the world a better place by recycling, opposing Trump and calling out racism. It also means a moral code based on academic analysis of power relationships between races, genders and sexual orientations.
"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom," Benjamin Franklin cautioned more simply.
These aren't abstractions. Nor are they measured on some vast scale of civilizations. They define how we live our ordinary lives. They are why this debate is taking place.
Free people consent. But freedom comes from virtue. Freedom without virtue is anarchy. And anarchy ends in brutality and tyranny. That outcome isn't only expressed in riots in the streets. It emerges in smaller and more intimate matters, like the debate over consent.
Freedom of consent is failing. The left wants to replace it with brutality and tyranny. The brutality of online smear campaigns and the tyranny of campus kangaroo courts. But a secular right has no replacement for it either except the more libertarian brutality and tyranny of the individual.
What we forgot is that we don't truly have freedom of consent, until we have purpose.