Because Morality Matters

By:  Bill Hahn
Because Morality Matters

Commentary on last week's headline: "ACLU sues library for not allowing access to online porn."

Last week a headline screamed: “ACLU sues library for not allowing access to online porn.” Apparently the ACLU boils this down to a first amendment free speech issue. They argue that adults should be able to have full access to the Internet and have the library stop its family friendly filters at request. After all, public libraries are publicly funded, so shouldn’t it be OK?
Apparently the ACLU and folks advocating for this have never heard of deference, which in the context of morality, refers to the positive virtue of self-limitation of freedom so as not to offend others around them. Self-limitation of freedom is essential in parenting, as well as one generation setting a higher standard for the next. Knowing when to exercise liberties that do not harm or offend others is something that many with a good moral base would call common sense.
When is it a good idea to expose children to pornography? Never. And we should not make it easier for the opportunity to happen, even if it means self-limiting our freedoms. Liberty comes with the responsibility of knowing when to limit one’s actions to avoid debauchery. A strong moral code helps to make this possible.
JBS CEO Art Thompson has written in the JBS Bulletin about the relaunching of the Movement to Restore Decency (MOTOREDE), a campaign that was run by JBS in the 1960s and 1970s. Founder Robert Welch wrote many times that he thought the number one problem facing the nation was its decline of morality.  One of his favorite quotes was that morality sees farther than intellect. Plus the Founding Fathers tied morality to the discussion of liberties under the Constitution. John Adams, second U.S. President and signer of the Declaration of Independence once said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Fisher Ames, author of the final wording for the First Amendment wrote, “[Why] should not the Bible regain the place it once held as a school book? Its morals are pure, its examples captivating and noble.”
John Jay, Original Chief Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court, "The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts."
The Founders knew that with liberties came responsibility. Liberty does not mean being able to do whatever you want, whenever you want, as long as it is legal. Moral people know when to practice deference and thus, need fewer laws to govern them. The steady decline of morality has brought America literally to its knees. Think about it, legalized murder of the unborn has been adopted; God has been scrubbed from the public education system; traditional standards of marriage, prayer, and public decency are anything but; and a welfare and police state are acceptable to the majority. Much of this has occurred within the last one or two generations. What has it gotten us? Rampant divorce rates, lifelong and life-terminating sexually transmitted diseases, alarming teen pregnancy rates, and millions of dead, unborn children. Not to mention the continuous war against all things religious and all things that at one time were common sense, like not spending money you don’t have, relying on yourself and your family to get through rough times, and lending a helping hand to others.
By practicing deference with morality as a guide, Americans should hold themselves to a higher standard. One that offers family stability, self-reliance, and a prosperous future for those who will inherit the America of tomorrow. What kind of example do you think we should set for them?
Members are encouraged to watch future Bulletins for news about the new morality campaign and to help educate others on deference and other character traits that will help create a higher standard for America.

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