[quote author=“Carstonio”][quote author=“Guest”]I don’t believe my post does imply that fundamentalism has an exclusive claim to morality. The post simply postulates that BOTH fundamentalism AND a kind of societal decadence need to be watched closely as they are flip-sides of the same civiliztion.
Thanks for the clarification.
[quote author=“Guest”]Sam Harris say’s, “no society was ever too reasonable”, well I don’t think it reasonable for people to have orgies in (basically) public places. I think it’s reasonable for me to say, ‘have all the orgies you want just not in public hotel rooms.’
I agree in principle. I just don’t know if your conclusions about moral decay are accurate, although I’m not an expert in human nature. We don’t know the mindsets of the young people you saw, we have only speculations. I was concerned for a minute that you were trying to blame such a decay on Darwinism and Engel v. Vitale, but that doesn’t seem to be your intentions.
Oh, God no!! (pun intended) I am an atheist to the core and my father was a physical chemist. Darwin is one of my absolute heroes! Also, I would never try and pass legislation banning orgies in Hotels.
I will give you a another example: “I have a niece who has been dating a felon with the word ‘Aryan’ tatooed across his back. Now, the problem for me is not that she is dating a felon with Aryan tatooed across his back, my problem is that somewhere along the line she got it into her head that dating a felon with Aryan tatooed across his back was acceptable.”
I think any self respecting person would find that unacceptable. Does this make me unreasonable? I don’t think so. Now, if she were dating a guy who at one time in his youth was a felon but cleaned-up his act and had a tatoo of the word Aryan removed from his back, that would be a different story entirely.