New Surveys Illustrate Continuing Moral Decline

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Thursday, May 31, 2001

New Surveys Illustrate Continuing Moral Decline

Two surveys on sex are just out. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy says that various programs that tell teens how to avoid pregnancy and AIDS do not encourage them to experiment and in some cases discourage it. The review looked at 250 studies. The organization says there is no evidence that abstinence-only programs are effective. Really? They are for everyone who abstains. No pregnancy, no STDs. No guilt. Just ask a virgin.

The other survey is a Gallup poll, which confirms what we used to call Christian morals continue to decline. Gallup finds that 60 percent of Americans now believe premarital sex is "morally OK." In 1969, only 21 percent felt that way. And 52 percent say it is morally acceptable for men and women to live together without being married. Not surprisingly from people who believe such things, 59 percent see nothing wrong with divorce.

We live in a morally exhausted and decadent culture. What is most annoying is that so many Christians live the way the world does.