In 1986, Sen. Patrick Moynihan of New York said, “The institution of the family is decisive in determining not only if a person has the capacity to love another individual but in the larger social sense whether he is capable of loving his fellow men collectively. The whole of society rests on this foundation for stability, understanding, and social peace.”
Moynihan was aware of the foundational need for Americans to have strong families, and the social consequences if it did not. In the mid-1960s, he had penned a report on the crumbling institution of the family. While his report focused on the sobering state of the African American family, many of the trendlines he saw then have now extended to families of every race.
One of the most disturbing trends that has emerged over the past decade is an alarming drop in church attendance and religious faith. That has ominous ramifications for the future of American families and society as a whole, as shrinking families, along with diminishing faith, lead to more social discord.
The 1960s were a tipping point for American culture. It was the decade when faith started to be questioned, the family as the fundamental unit of society came under attack, and population doomsayers like the late Paul Ehrlich spread a message that the world just had too many babies and people needed to stop procreating to save the planet. Religious Americans were seen as the main culprit because they were more likely to have large families. Therefore, faith was discouraged because of the “harm” it would cause to the earth.
Sixty years later, a new generation of doomsayers are saying that people need to limit themselves to one child or less to end “climate change.” Like those in the 1960s, they often blame people of faith who aren’t willing to sacrifice having children for what leftists believe is the sake of the planet.
Without faith, a selfless society becomes a selfish society. Since successfully raising children requires deep selflessness, societies start to see the ramifications of turning away from God on not just children, but also on
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