Shirley B. Bowman
The new ‘norm’
Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 4:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 5:20 p.m.
To the editor: Cal Thomas’ column that appeared in this newspaper July 2 should be read and reread by all regardless of their religious or political inclinations.
Same-sex marriages are not the only “advances” that are tearing away at our families and societies, which are exposed to whatever “feels good or right” by a very vocal and active minority. Consider abortion, legal and illegal use of drugs, advertisements on television and in the media, movies and music, and explicit details of crimes that not too long ago would have been considered taboo. We are all subjected to what many consider the norm and now accept it with only a sigh of “How has this happened and where or when is it going to end?”
Perhaps as parents and grandparents, we, for the unspoken fear of being labeled too religious, too conservative or too “not with it,” have let the lack of morals, self-respect in appearance, love of God and country creep into our thinking, acts and acceptance of this new “norm.”
Please read the column by Mr. Thomas and consider where we have been, where we are going and just who or what is leading us there.
Shirley B. Bowman
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.