There Is No Culture War

Assertion that a War Exists

In 1991, James Davison Hunter, sociologist at University of Virginia, wrote the book Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America. He saw this war as predominately a conflict between those holding two antagonistic worldviews—between the American left and the American right, between liberals (progressive) and conservatives.

The religious right (evangelicals, conservative Catholics, and Mormons) especially constitute the hard core of the conservative faction. Talk radio seems to have assumed the role as mouthpiece for American conservatism. Most political conservatives hold to a rather moderate position perhaps better described as liberal-lite as opposed to conservative. The mainstream Republican Party dominated by RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) provide a graphic representation of this orientation.

What War Really Entails

Though the left and the right embrace different positions, no culture war actually exists.

The Mirriam Webster Dictionary defines war as “a state or period of fighting between countries or groups.” The operative word here is “fighting.” Identifying a situation as a war requires two sides doing battle. This definition does not accurately describe what is happening in America today between the left them the right.

RINOs Rallying Around Their Flag

The RINOs have replaced The American flag as their banner with a white flag. Their favorite military tactic is retreat. This process has assumed a rather standard pattern entailing John Boehner, Speaker of the House, making a visit to the White House in theory to hammer out a compromise with the President, but in reality to negotiate terms of surrender. Mitch McConnell in the Senate lacks a majority and therefore lacks the opportunity to surrender at the White House, but nonetheless maintains a permanent posture of surrender in his senatorial role. The point is that no fighting is happening between left and right in Washington. Only capitulation.

Talk but no Fighting Words

What about other contingents on the right. Have they gone to war? Are they fighting the good fight? Perhaps the best approach to answering those questions can be found in viewing how they are handling the current hot button issue, which is homosexuality.

I was devastated the other day when listening to a talk show host whom I highly regard boast about having homosexuals on his staff, and recounting how he did battle with the management of a theater because they were opposed to hiring homosexuals.

In the process of this discussion, he went on something of a tirade about the wrongness of not hiring homosexuals who are decent people. I was extremely disappointed by his referring to the homosexual lifestyle as decent. If he were talking about a person who recognized his homosexual tendencies, acknowledged their wrongness, and was working to change this orientation, and who in the meantime is not acting on those inclinations, I understand how he could refer to someone of this nature as “decent.” However, referring to an openly gay person who embraced this orientation as decent, which the context of his remarks suggested, is to reject the morals of Scripture and adopt those of the enemy. This particular talk show host places great emphasis on Scripture. Hence I was extremely disappointed by his linking homosexuality and decency, as if there is nothing wrong here.

This discussion hit especially hard since I view this person as one of the really good guys. Therefore, this statement of capitulation to the assault from the left on this hot issue made me realize that this person is not engaged in the fight. He is willing to talk, but not to use fighting words—at least not related to this segment of the battle line where the battle is raging the hottest.

But at least we can count on the religious right, especially evangelicals, to put on their flak jackets, grab their rifles, and enter the conflict. Can’t we? That is a topic for tomorrow.

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