Ah, some good news from the Telegraph (UK) on this Easter (or as I call it, Sunday):
James Dobson, 72, who resigned recently as head of Focus on the Family – one of the largest Christian groups in the country – and once denounced the Harry Potter books as witchcraft, acknowledged the dramatic reverse for the religious Right in a farewell speech to staff.
“We tried to defend the unborn child, the dignity of the family, but it was a holding action,” he said.
“We are awash in evil and the battle is still to be waged. We are right now in the most discouraging period of that long conflict. Humanly speaking, we can say we have lost all those battles.”
I don’t know that you lost all the battles. You did get Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, Defense of Marriage Act, anti-gay marriage and gay adoptions laws and amendments in many states, restrictions on abortion and birth control, and some strange anti-porn laws, like no sex toys in Alabama and bans on smoking, drinking, or drug-use in any hard-core pornography*. Point is, you lost the war.* No kidding! I was interviewing a guy who publishes California Chronicles XXX, which is sort of like High Times meets Penthouse, and he told me that any scene with hard-core action cannot also show drinking, smoking, or drug use. I’m not exactly sure about the purpose of this law. Is it to protect porn stars (“No, Pleazure, don’t put THAT in your mouth, it’s carcinogenic!”) or the people watching porn (“Try new Lexington Steele Cigars, a real man’s smoke!”)? Is it that we don’t want to degrade the artistry of “Big Booty Hos 17″ with scenes of drug use? Or is there just a maximum vice limit per frame we’re violating?