by Dan Savage
on Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 7:53 AM
The Prop 8 decision made conservative pundit Cal Thomas wax nostalgic for the 1950s—you know, a time before America lost its "moral sense."
We have been spiraling downward for some time, beginning in the ’50s with the Playboy philosophy that gave men permission to avoid the bonds of marriage if they wanted to have sex. In rapid succession came the birth control pill (sex without biological consequences), “no-fault divorce” (nullifying “until death us do part”), cohabitation, easily available pornography, and a tolerance for just about anything except those who deem something intolerable. Such persons are now labeled “bigots” when once they were thought to be pillars of society.
A nation that loses its moral sense is a nation without any sense at all.
Yeah, it's all been downhill since the 1950s—we really had us some "moral sense" back then, huh? We also had Jim Crow, segregation, lynchings, redlining, and poll taxes; "pillars of society" could beat and rape their wives without fear of prosecution; desperate women risked their lives to obtain back-alley abortions (dying from an illegal abortion was just one of those "biological consequences" that helped women maintain their "moral sense" when it came to sex); smart and ambitious women were relegated to secretary pools until they were handed valium prescriptions and incarcerated with their children in the suburbs; anti-semetism was still a respectable pastime ("restricted" country clubs, universities, suburbs); and gay people could be harassed, fired, and murdered with impunity.