Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Two weeks after the ground shaking Supreme Court decision that toppled DOMA, its effects and meaning are still being debated.  NPR had a conservative on recently, who was trying to walk an impossible tight rope.  On the one hand, he argued that the will of the people was being thwarted by the courts.  To which his liberal counterpart correctly pointed out that our nation should recognize certain rights aside and apart from the whims of the majority.  On the other hand, the conservative did his best to avoid any remotely religious arguments, asserting instead that two parent families were better for children, while inferring at the same time that he would not be opposed to civil unions, he just didn’t want to give up the term marriage.

The politically correct two-step is unworkable.  George Washington in his farewell address said that our nation was founded on two pillars: morality and religion.  Unfortunately, in an effort to sound more appealing to the masses, many conservatives have abandoned religious presuppositions, in favor of more palatable arguements acceptable to the majority.  As the morals of our nation slip away without the Judeo Christian religion to give them a foundation, the tables are turning.  A new majority will soon anchor in the ever evolving moral harbor of relativism.  We are learning the hard way what Washington warned us way back at the beginning of our American adventure, that “national morality can [not] prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”