- The National Cathedral, the "spiritual home for the nation," and Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian and Unitarian churches in Washington, D.C., rang their bells last week to celebrate U.S. Supreme Court rulings in support of same-sex marriage.
- Lady Gaga changed the words of our National Anthem during a New York City performance last week. "(L)and of the free and the home of the brave" became "land of the free and the home for the gay."
- A politically ambitious Texas legislator (lawyer and woman) donned a catheter last week and spoke for 10 hours on the floor of the state Senate. She opposes a bill that would ban killing unborn children capable of feeling pain. The media believe she's a "rising star" in the Democrat party.
- Public confidence in the U.S. Supreme Court has hit an all-time low. Only 28 percent of the American people think it is doing a good or excellent job. A full 30 percent believe it is doing a poor job.
- Public confidence in Congress has hit a record low of 10 percent. The pollster, Gallup, says the approval rating is the worst ever for any institution it has measured since 1973.
- Public confidence in President Obama has slipped again. Rasmussen reports that only 24 percent "strongly approve" of his performance; 41 percent "strongly disapprove." His overall approval rating is 46 percent.
- A Gallup survey in May found that 77 percent of the public (about 70 percent of liberal Democrats) believe religion is losing its influence in America. Gallup says it's the most negative evaluation of the impact of religion since 1970. Gallup also found that 75 percent believe it would be good for more Americans to be religious.
We live in troubling times.
A hundred years from now, historians, sociologists and anthropologists will try to figure out what happened. Their conclusions may include (1) we abandoned Judeo-Christian values, and (2) we allowed vocal and well-organized minorities to take control.
At one time, God's laws were supreme. Today, we are reliant on man's laws and a government of questionable character. The Supreme Court, our highest legal authority, pays no heed to Scripture when deciding the rules.
Some mainline religious denominations have changed, too. Some have lost their courage and turned their backs to challenges from contemporary society. Some have fallen in line with contemporary standards, hoping to attract new, younger members. Churches seldom speak out publicly on child abuse, drug abuse, pornography, premarital sex, abortion, euthanasia and homosexuality.
And all the while, minorities create the perfect storm by taking control of government and social institutions, including most recently the Boy Scouts of America.
How do minorities gain control? The answer involves group dynamics.
Generally speaking, members in the majority within any organization are comfortable with the status quo and content to enjoy the benefits of membership without really thinking about the group's principles.
Not so for minority members. If they object to parts of the status quo and want change, they educate themselves on the principles.
What we wind up with, then, is a relaxed and ignorant majority and a competent, sophisticated minority that is also motivated and disciplined. And at the moment of confrontation, the minority is likely to prevail.
So here we sit today, with bizarre values and behaviors and with a national government (all three branches) that's a disgrace.
Can anything be done? Certainly.
Good people can get involved in their civic organizations, their churches and their government. They can attend county commission, school board and city council meetings, and they can call and write to their members of Congress. And they can vote. (West Virginia voter turnout last November was shameful.)
Someone once said, "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." That seems to have been the case, and if good people want change for the better, then it's time for them to do something.