It has been said that if you wish to remake a culture, you have to disassociate it from it roots, its foundation.
Having said that, here is John Adams, 2nd President of the United States and signer of the Declaration of Independence, from 1798:
We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
And from today’s paper.
Reporting from San Francisco and Los Angeles —
A federal judge declared California’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional Wednesday, saying that no legitimate state interest justified treating gay and lesbian couples differently from others and that "moral disapproval" was not enough to save the voter-passed Proposition 8.
"The evidence shows conclusively that moral and religious views form the only basis for a belief that same-sex couples are different from opposite-sex couples," Walker wrote.
What are the reasons we have laws against marrying children? Are they not, really, almost entirely moral arguments? Dismissing those types of arguments, and we dismiss our heritage. Sweep that out of the way, and those in power get to remake society.
Update: La Shawn Barber ends her post on the subject with this:
Considering that we’re all sinners, even us forgiven ones (including me), I offer you Romans 1: 18-21:
“Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
“For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.”
It’s this morality and religion that, in my opinion, has been the prime reason our country, and Western civilization in general, has led the world in so many areas. Chuck Colson has some good thoughts that (as well as some on yesterday’s ruling).
Obligatory disclaimer: Yes, yes, Western civilization has not been as pure as the driven snow. However, as poorly as we may have done and as many mistakes as we made over the centuries, the overall driving force has indeed been one that at least revered the Bible if not fully following it to the letter. (Which you could say about pretty much everyone.) As opposed to those following other religions and philosophies, Western civilization has been blessed with so much, more so than other cultures, and I think we have the religion we’ve at least given tacit approval to to thank for it. The farther we stray from that, the fewer those blessings will be.