Weigel recounts a story told to him by a Vatican official who attended one of the UN meetings leading up to the 1994 Cairo World Conference on Population and Development and then makes some trenchant comments:
But it was in the INGO meeting that things really got down and dirty — and clarifying. There, as the Senior Vatican Official told the story, a somewhat scruffy Dutch activist got up and announced to all and sundry, “Let’s stop fooling around here. What we’re talking about is our right to f*** whoever we want, however we want, whenever we want.”
The Dutchman’s formulation may have lacked elegance, but it certainly didn’t lack precision. For that was precisely what was at issue 18 years ago, and it is precisely what is at issue today: Will the sexual revolution, which reduced sex to a recreational activity of no moral consequence, be protected, advanced, and indeed mandated by the coercive powers of the modern state?
There is irony in the fire here, of course. What began as a movement to liberate sexuality from the constraints of moral reason, custom, and law has become a movement determined to use the instruments of law to impose its deconstruction of human sexuality and its moral relativism on all of society. That is what drives those who urged the Obama administration to issue its “contraceptive” mandate, which is of course an abortifacient and sterilization mandate. That is what drives those who loosed the furies (including such viragos as Senator Barbara Boxer) on the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, which had had the temerity to suggest that Planned Parenthood actually provide the mammograms Komen’s grants were paying for. It’s all about Leviathan as enforcer of the sexual revolution.
Anyone who doesn’t understand that — from Catholic bishops to upper-class foundation executives with previously immaculate reputations — is going to get rolled over by Leviathan. For Leviathan cannot be met at some mythical 50-yard line of “accommodation.” Leviathan can only be beaten.
If we do not understand what is going on we will be steamrolled by those who would rather be controlled by their appetites and lose their freedom rather than practice self-control and live as dignified, free, human beings.
1. All the talk about over-population is just a smokescreen designed to deflect attention away from the real agenda. The world faces a population crisis all right; we are going to witness a devastating decline in population in the second half of the 21st century.
2. Tolerance is a sham. The Libertines never wanted tolerance; they wanted to impose their lifestyle on everyone else. The State is just as intolerant and heavy-handed in enforcing the New Morality as it was in enforcing the old one. Cecile Richards should wear jackboots.
3. The Left is the unrelenting aggressor in the culture war. With all the problems facing America, Obama is preoccupied with sex. To listen to Rachel Maddow, you would swear that contraception must be illegal and unavailable in America. It is hilarious that people listen to her talk about the Republican "war on contraception" in a country where universities hand out condoms like Halloween candy! Will they ever be satisfied? Will they ever give up pushing the sexual revolutionary ideology into every nook and cranny of life? Weigel is right. They are totalitarians and they can only be stopped by force. Compromise is just delaying the next round of the war. Fortunately, American can still vote and we can only pray that the next election offers them a real choice.