Two Americas

By Roy Hanu Hart, M.D., aka Doctor Faith, on Sept. 19, 2016

At a crucial point in the movie The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Clint Eastwood as Blondie, the good guy, confronts Tuco, the pseudo-psychotic ugly one, played by method actor Eli Wallach. “There are two kinds of people in this world: those who have a gun and those who don’t have a gun,” he says, while caressing a long-barreled firearm. At the moment, the trigger-happy Tuco is embarrassingly without his own bullet-propeller.

Anyone can play the “two kinds” game.  For instance, today there are two kinds of people in America: those who choose to live by God’s rules and those who choose to live the postmodern secular life. The two Weltanshauungen [worldviews] are in conflict, and the fallout is that we have two distinct Americas today.

For those who embrace the sacred life, the Holy Bible is their guiding light. As an illustration, there are a number of passages in the Hebrew Bible and New Testament that prohibit “lying with mankind as with womankind”: Genesis 19:5 (story of Sodom and Gomorrah), Leviticus 18:22, 20:13, Deuteronomy 23:17, Judges 19:22, l Kings 15:12, 23:7, Romans 1:26-27, l Corinthians 6:9, and l Timothy 1:10. Thus, true believers consider homosexuality an abomination unto God. End of discussion for them.

Secular America, on the other hand, accepts the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual (LGBT) movement’s demands for equality before the law in the name of an enlightened and egalitarian society. Two entirely different approaches to the issue.  In this case, in the name of democratic government, we are enjoined to obey man’s law, not God’s. What can one say to comfort God’s people? Perhaps some words from Anon (aka Anonymous): “No God, no peace. Know God, know peace.”

The concept of marriage is another defining issue that separates the two worldviews. God defined marriage as the union between a man and a woman. Genesis 2:24 reads: “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” The text does not include a statement about a man cleaving to another man and the two forming one flesh. That ends the discussion for those whose lives are biblically oriented. Meanwhile, the oxymoronic concept of same-sex marriage became a fact of law – although the homosexual community would have settled for civil unions, domestic partnerships, or reciprocal beneficiary relationships. Traditionalists blundered on this issue.

Even Marty Martin, newly arrived Martian to planet Earth, quickly grasped that atheistic secularists are the dominate group in America today, while those calling themselves God’s people have been reduced to minority status within the country their forbears founded. (Only 70 years ago Christians represented over 90% of the population.) Among the first 500 English words our Martian learned were: racist, sexist, homophobe, xenophobia, microaggression, and political correctness.

It was during the 1960s that we entered the postmodern era, and America would be changed forever. Any number of contributing factors – Women’s Lib, the Counterculture -- can be cited for America’s transformation. In tandem with the two factors noted above, or as a consequence of them, we experienced a rapidly rising divorce rate which dislocated family life. Female sociologists in particular, many of whom had somehow missed Biology 101 at college (where they could have learned that there are significant anatomical, physiological, and psychological differences between the two sexes among mammalian species), had to learn the hard way of the indispensable and leading role father plays in the family constellation – or they could have read the publications of one of their own, U.S. Senator Patrick Moynihan, Ph.D. After half a century of emasculating the American male, militant feminists are on the verge of achieving their goal: turning America into a matriarchate and androgynous nation (which is the subject of a separate article).

I tend to harp on a couple of other factors that have played a decisive role in America’s transformation, a process that was well underway before Barack Obama made his way to the Oval Office. First, there was “the Pill.” The name Gregory Pincus may not ring a bell for most people, but he is among those who have changed the world. In 1957, he developed Enovid, the first oral contraceptive, which gave women control over their own reproduction, and led to…their long-sought autonomy. (See pages 275-6 in my Journey’s End: The Name.)

Second, higher education. Women have gradually come to outnumber men enrolled in college. For the year 2014, 37.5% of women in the 25-34 age group earned a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 29.5% for men. And with education, women have gained the power to change society.

In 1920, the year the 19th Amendment became law giving women the right to vote, the top 12 law schools in the country had a total of 84 women students. Today women constitute 36% of all lawyers. As the saying goes, “You’ve come a long way, baby!” Of course, using “baby” in this particular context will be considered sexist by the PC police. Nevertheless, for all those still familiar with Mother Nature’s design of sexual dimorphism, vive la difference.

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