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Moral issues spun

March 11, 2012

Spin marches on. The obvious godlessness and lawlessness of socialism is not actually a “social issure”.

American Thinker

“Social issues were nonexistent in the period 1932 to 1964,” notes Bell.  “The Republican Party won two presidential elections out of nine, and they had the Congress for all of four years in that entire period. … When social issues came into the mix — I would date it from the 1968 election … the Republican Party won seven out of 11 presidential elections.”

Bell concludes, as have many others, that American social conservatism began in response to the sexual revolution of the 1960s.  Thus, it is unsurprising that all of the most significant “social” issues in America today are sexual issues.

To borrow from pastor, author, and Christian apologist John MacArthur (as I have done before), “[w]ithin the moral realm in our society the conflict is almost exclusively about sex.”  Abortion, fornication, homosexuality, divorce, and so on, he adds, are all sexual issues.

Therefore, the phrase “social issues” is a bit of a misnomer.  Topics like abortion, homosexuality, marriage, contraception, and the like are not hot political issues simply because — as the word “social” implies — they relate to people’s personal lives.  They are hot political issues because they reside deeply in the moral realm of our culture.  We are not debating mere “social” issues; we are debating moral issues.

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