The Standard of Scandal

Cal Thomas

The Standard of Scandal

May 23, 2011

You watch the news these days and your jaw drops. There is Arnold Schwarzenegger with what seemed like the perfect family, admitting a so-called “love child” with a female household employee. Why don’t they call it a “lust child”? Wouldn’t that be more accurate, though the child didn’t ask to be born.

Then you read of the head of the IMF allegedly attacking and sexually assaulting a hotel maid in a $3,000 a night room. He’s now saying it was consensual. Sure.

Why should any of this surprise in a nation that celebrates such behavior? Most shows on television are about sex, adultery, unfaithfulness, rape, other assaults and disrespect for women. Why should we be surprised when some people act-out such behavior? After all, if there is no God, there are no morals and if there are no morals – and evolution is true – who is to say anyone should be kept from indulging in his lowest urges?

Culture promotes this and then when people do it, culture pretends it’s a scandal. According to what standard?

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.

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