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Cultural vandalism
NY Post ^ | January 21, 2011 | MICHAEL A. WALSH

Posted on 01/21/2011 2:29:14 AM PST by Scanian

Lost in the wake of the horrific shootings in Tuc son was a modest battle in the culture war: The State Department quietly decreed that some passport applications would henceforth be gender neutral. No more "mother" and "father"; such terms were apparently too retro, too judgmental for the Foggy Bottom bonzes. Instead, Parent One and Parent Two would do just fine.

O Brave New World, that has such bureaucrats in it.

A backlash quickly ensued, so Secretary of State Hillary Clinton backed away (some), ordering that the terms "mother" and "father" could peacefully coexist with the new "parent" designations on the forms used by American citizens abroad to obtain passports for new babies. But the camel's nose is now under the tent.

Leaving aside the wretched barbarism of the phrase "gender neutral" -- what State really means, of course, is "sex neutral" -- the move is another salvo in the ongoing sapper war against American and western cultural norms. Even as recently as a decade ago, it would have seemed absurd to think that words like "mother" and "father" would become politically incorrect, but such is the world we now inhabit.

True, advances in medical technology have redefined the limits of human reproduction, and shifting societal attitudes toward homosexuality have resulted in an increase in same-sex couples seeking either surrogate births or adoption.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: hillary; homosexualagenda; parents; passport; statedepartment

1 posted on 01/21/2011 2:29:17 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian

Stop the world I want to get off.


2 posted on 01/21/2011 2:35:50 AM PST by bikerman (Where Has My America Gone?)
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To: Scanian
For more than two centuries, dating back to Rousseau, the left has been waging an unrelenting war on the wellsprings of Western civilization, as if it were some deliberate, malign conspiracy against an oppressed minority instead of the bulwark against savagery that picked up the pieces of Greco-Roman culture and transformed them into the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. No society is perfect, but where would you rather be? Dubuque or Darfur? San Francisco or Riyadh?

This is very true, although ironically, Rousseau and the left actually wouldn't exist without the (somewhat misnamed, IMHO) Enlightenment. The problem is that Greco-Roman culture wasn't enough for the Greeks and Romans and it isn't enough for us; it was only when Christianity, which made universally accessible the revelation given to the Jews, provided the unified moral and cosmological understanding lacking in Greek and Roman thought in general that Western civilization was born.

And again, also ironically, we are finding how entirely entwined Christianity and Greco-Roman thought are in the creation that is Western civilization. As the heirs of the Enlightenment succeed in peeling Christianity out of our society, they are also stripping it of its Greco-Roman philosophical heritage and converting it into a crude, easily manipulated utilitarian society based on purely mechanical science or even faux science.

3 posted on 01/21/2011 3:04:52 AM PST by livius
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