Some of the greatest civilizations that the world has ever known are tourist attractions. Babylon is a dusts bowl. There’s not even a hint that its Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, ever existed, so much so that “it has been suggested that the Hanging Gardens are purely legendary.”
The grand empires of Greece and Rome are tourist attractions today. The remnants of the Parthenon of Athens and the Coliseum of Rome are standing testimonies that greatness is not generationally inevitable. Christianity, and the moral and multi-generational worldview that it nurtured, made the difference:
“In The Rise of Christianity, Rodney Stark observes that Christian prohibition of abortion ande infanticide contributed to the success of the new religion. ‘Christian and pagan subcultures must have differed greatly in their fertility rates,’ Stark argues, so that ‘a superior birthrate also contributed to the success of the early church.’ Europe’s great recovery from the post-Roman depopulation began with it s final Christianization in the ninth century C.E. Its modern depopulation began with the failure of Christianity a millennium later.”1
We’re hearing the death rattle of some new empires. Yes, they’re on top now, but if they remain consistent with their operating principles, they too will become museum exhibits, footnotes to an era where irrationality and insanity were pawned off as the next new big thing.
Consider abortion, the ideological sacrament of the Left.
Liberals glory in abortion. They proudly tell the world that they’ve killed their future. Blogger “Andrea Grimes of RH Reality Check and the Texas Observer (Both part of George Soros’ Media Consortium),” is calling for a Taco or Beer Challenge to support abortion. It’s a takeoff on the ice bucket challenge to raise money to find a cure for ALS.
This is how Katie Yoder at Breitbart describes it:
“‘You eat a taco and/or drink a beer, and you donate to an abortion fund.’ Plus, she wrote, ‘Everybody stays dry—ideally—and somebody gets help paying for a legal abortion.’ Dry, except for the blood on your hands.”
“Her challenge, she explained, ‘is about doing what’s right for your own taco and beverage needs, just like having an abortion—or not—is about doing what’s right for yourself and your family.’”
The thing of it is, if people follow the “taco and beer challenge” to support abortion, in time there won’t be any families in the future for those promoting abortion.
Abortion is a double-edged sword. While mostly those on the Left are supporting abortion, those on the Right are outproducing them.
The following is from the Christian Post:
“Americans are becoming more pro-life because pro-lifers have more babies than pro-choicers, a new study finds.
“Looking at data from the General Social Survey from 1977 to 2010, Northwestern University sociologists J. Alex Kevern and Jeremy Freese found evidence that the higher fertility rates of those who are pro-life compared to those who are pro-choice contributed to Americans becoming, on average, more pro-life than they would have been if the fertility differential did not exist.
“Over the 34 year time span that was studied, pro-lifers had about 2.5 children on average for every two children born to pro-choicers. In other words, pro-lifers had 27 percent more children than pro-choicers.
“In addition to having more children, the children of pro-life parents appear to be more likely than the children of pro-choice parents to adopt the views of their parents.”
You get the picture, and at least one liberal has noticed:
“[F]or the past 30 years or so, conservatives—particularly those of the right-wing red-state Christian strain—have been out-breeding liberals by a margin of at least 20 percent, if not far more. . . . Translation: Libs just aren’t procreating like they could/should be.”2
If we extend the civilization-killing paradigm to same-sex sexuality and Islam, we see that it does not look good for the future of these ideologies. It’s true that some homosexuals adopt, but it’s not enough to make a difference. Homosexuals are all about recruitment and intimidation. They can only win by forcing compliance.
Then there’s Islam. If there was ever a dead-end ideology, it’s Islam. A top Saudi Cleric has described ISIS as the No. 1 enemy of Islam. Islam itself is its own worst enemy. It’s an ideology with no future.
It might surprise a lot of people to realize that “the Muslim world is on the brink of the fastest population decline in recorded history.”3
You can’t build a civilization on the heads of your enemies. You can’t beat something with nothing.
It’s not enough, however, to wait for the collapse of these ideologies. Conservatives need to build their worldview in the midst of the collapsing worldviews that are so destructive. It won’t be easy, but it’s necessary.
- David P. Goldman, How Civilizations Die (And Why Islam is Dying Too) (Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, 2011), 157. [↩]
- Mark Morford, “When Liberals Rule the World: Stats say the GOP is dying. But red-staters are breeding like drunken ferrets. Who wins?,” SF Gate (March 28, 2007). [↩]
- Goldman, How Civilizations Die, 1. [↩]