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Fixing What Ails Us

With the recent repeal of the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, the culture wars appear to be entering a new phase. In this country, the gay marriage issue has become passé. The discussion has moved on to other fronts, such as 46-year-old Columbia University Professor David Epstein’s alleged sexual relationship with his 24-year-old daughter. Both were consenting adults, so what’s the problem?

In Canada, the federal government is now considering legalizing polygamy. In Germany, 29-year-old Patrick Stuebing and his 22-year-old biological sister Susan Karolewski announced plans to take their criminal case to court in a bid to legalize their seven-year incestuous relationship. “We want the law which makes incest a crime to be abolished,” stated the couple. They’re consenting adults. Again, what’s the problem?

As Americans become more accepting of yesterday’s moral sins, today’s moral sins are expanding the boundaries of acceptability. Polls indicate a majority of Americans now believe this country is in decline as indicted by a failing, bankrupt economy and strategic military weakness. What’s needed is a fix for what ails us. What ails us is immorality – when we fix that, everything else will fix itself.

Jeff Jorgensen

Treynor, IA

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