A local conservative talk show host recently claimed that focusing on hot-button social and moral issues, such as personal pronouns and sexual identities, is merely a distraction from far more important challenges like national security, the southern border and economic challenges.

The argument is that we won’t care about pronouns preferences or LGBTQ identities in the face of war, civil unrest and economic ruination.

The problem with this claim is that it assumes we can strengthen our nation and restore our trusted institutions without first dealing with the fundamental moral decay that continues to hollow out the heart and soul of our citizenry.

Inasmuch as our children grow up in a fictional, morally subjective and ultimately delusional and self-referential reality, they will become a malformed generation with no stomach or desire to continue the American experiment in self-governance, as conceived by our Founding Fathers.

Widely quoted French political philosopher, Alexis De Tocqueville, visited America 192 years ago to discover what special ideals had given rise to this new nation. Like a prophet, he declared the United States would collapse if the majority ever lost its faith in the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God. More specifically, he maintained that our system of government would endure only as long as the people were informed and animated by clear, Christian morality.

That doesn’t sound like a “distraction.”

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Are hot-button social issues just distractions?

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.