Editor’s Note: That’s one of the many “blessings of liberty” above that we have covered over the years.
We used to live in a White Christian culture.
In the vast majority of cases (unless your parents were recent immigrants), this is likely why you exist. You exist due to the reproductive choices that your ancestors made.
Those choices were shaped and channeled by the dominant culture. In the South, where evangelical Protestantism shaped our culture for centuries, we had customs like the one drop rule. We had legal segregation and anti-miscegenation laws. Southern culture valued racial purity and sought to maintain racial integrity through strong taboos and legislation. Mixed race people became Colored. Homosexuality was discouraged. Divorce was rare and hard to get. Abortion was illegal. White identity was valued. The White and Black family was strong through the Jim Crow era. The norm used to be that most people got married to someone of the same race and religion and reproduced themselves.
In the early 20th century, this all began to change. Culture used to be overwhelmingly local. The states and local communities made their own laws and largely governed themselves. The rise of the mainstream media (film, radio, television in that order) from the 1910s through the 1960s shifted cultural power away from, say, the segregationist editor of the local newspaper to liberal elites with a modernist sensibility who were on television in New York City, Los Angeles and Washington. Glamorous celebrities who lived rough lifestyles became role models for the ordinary person. Gatekeepers at a handful of corporations in a few metro areas controlled the new national platforms. At the same time, the federal government in Washington was becoming the behemoth that it is today as several generations of progressives from FDR’s time forward concentrated and consolidated political power there. Pretty much every tool at the disposal of our elites was used as a battering ram to dismantle and debase our traditional culture.
Christianity lost its grip on the imagination of the American elite nearly a century ago around the time of Babbitt and the Scopes Monkey Trial. Over the course of a century, Christianity went from being the hegemonic dominant culture to a kind of respected sub-culture to just another lifestyle. The dominant “mainstream” culture for generations now has been secular and modernist. By “modernist,” I mean specifically a sensibility that values cultural liberation and cultural egalitarianism (i.e., social liberalism) and which puts the Self up on a pedestal and values self-absorption and self-expression.
Much like feminism (the “New Woman” was inspired by modernism) and abortion (nothing is owed to future generations because everything is owed to the Self) and gay marriage (any “marriage” is as good as any other and people should be allowed to express themselves), the “trans” craze only makes sense in a deeply modernist culture where people who are so self-absorbed and detached from reality that they have become convinced that their “true self” is different from their biological sex aren’t laughed off as suffering from a mental illness. “Trans” flourishes in a sick culture based on the Self.
“According to a February 2022 Gallup poll that should have been far bigger news than it was, a whopping 20 percent—one in five, that is—of Generation Z American adults (born 1997-2003) now identify as LGBTQ. That trend shows a sharp upward slope with every successive generation. In fact, LGBTQ identification has roughly doubled with each new generation: The respective numbers for millennials (born 1981-1996), Generation X (born 1965-1980), baby boomers (born 1946-1964), and those born before 1946 are 10.5 percent, 4.2 percent, 2.6 percent, and 0.8 percent. Looking at Americans as a whole, 7.1 percent of us now identify as LGBTQ, double the 3.5 percent who so identified in 2012, not so very long ago.
The identitarian advocate’s take on this development will undoubtedly be that it reflects nothing more than growing freedom, the growing openness within a previously repressive society to once-suppressed modes of sexual expression. It was always the case, that narrative would go, that some 20 percent of us, or perhaps even more, had non-traditional sexual preferences, but society used to force all but the boldest and most determined into a single narrow lane. Sexual preference, after all, is biologically determined and not a choice, as we are repeatedly told by advocates. …
Take a few other examples closer to the topic at hand. We know that it was not uncommon for ancient Greek men to engage in the practice of pederasty, i.e., to be both married to their wives and, at the same time, to take on boys in their mid-teen years to enjoy carnal relations while simultaneously providing mentorship to their younger brethren. In Melanesia, among the Etoro people, boys’ drinking of the semen of their elders is a coming-of-age ritual, and homosexuality is the norm, interrupted by brief periods of heterosexuality, which is considered sinful; among the Marind-anim, husbands routinely engage in sexual relations with their sisters’ adolescent sons, while wives engage in ritualized sex in groups. What the existence of these various practices, and more like them throughout the world and throughout history, should be sufficient to show is that human sexual preferences are relatively fluid and largely determined by governing norms rather than innate biology. …
We, as individuals, may not make such choices, but we, as a society, certainly do. As the evidence drawn from other societies across the world and throughout history shows us, the examples we set, the images we project, the information and education we convey, the manner in which we organize our lives and our institutions, all of these will bear upon the prevalence of LGBTQ lifestyles in our midst. We cannot evade our responsibility. It is for us to choose the society in which we want to live. …
In contemplating our options and asking ourselves whether an America in which 20 percent or more of a rising generation identifies as LGBTQ is the America we want, we might consider the following. In a phenomenon characterized by some as “The Mystery of the Declining U.S. Birth Rate,” our birth rate as of 2020 was 55.8 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age, a steep drop of about 15 percent from 2007, when that number was 69.3 per 1,000. Much of this alleged “mystery” is solved when we consider the revolution and exponential increase in LGBTQ acceptance and LGBTQ lifestyles that occurred over roughly the same period …”
Once again, you are the reproductive choices your ancestors made.
Those choices were shaped and channeled by the dominant culture. Ancestry is a lagging indicator. Now that Christianity is no longer the dominant culture and sexuality, religion and reproduction have been severed in the name of self-expression, this is what you get. This is also just the people who were born in this degenerate culture who are far outnumbered by those who were never born.