The headline from the Tuesday, September 15, 2009 edition of USA Today shouted, “What Happened to Civility?” and the front page of The Washington Times on the same date carried the headline, “Whatever Happened to Civility?”
papers referred to a series of well known people behaving badly.
Congressman Joe Wilson of South Carolina made the list by shouting out,
“You lie!” during a speech by President Obama. World class tennis
player Serena Williams joined him by screaming threatening obscenities
at a line judge during the US Open semifinals. Even Michael Jordan was
included for his bad taste in singling out individuals with whom he
disagreed in a speech after being elected to the NBA Hall of Fame! Not
to be outdone, rapper Kanye West barged onto the stage and seized the
microphone from Country & Western singer Taylor Swift who had won an
award for the best female music video at the MTV awards. He proceeded
to tell the audience that she should not have received the award.
uncivil behavior is not limited to the powerful, wealthy, and famous.
No, you and I experience it regularly as we hear young people utter foul
language at the top of their lungs while walking down the street. Or
we hear it from older folks, who should know better, in a public venue
such as a sports arena or a park.
we hear the expression, “Oh, God!” from our business colleagues and
neighbors as if God’s name is just a way to emphasize a point. The
Hebrews reverenced God so much that they wouldn’t even say His name out
loud. Apparently today it’s just another slang expression.
others have observed for several years is that America is becoming a
more coarse society with each passing year. The fact is that young
people don’t have any manners unless they are taught them at home. They
certainly don’t learn them in school. Young men don’t open doors for
women and they certainly don’t give up their seat on a bus or the Metro
for a woman, no matter the age. And they are not averse to using any
foul word, no matter what company they are in.
Why are we witnessing a coarsening of our society?
rush in with all sorts of explanations. Others make excuses such as
foul language is just an expression of our more casual society. It’s no
wonder that year by year it seems to get worse and worse.
behavior doesn’t seem that complex to me. Few children receive a moral
upbringing that helps them to understand that such behavior is not only
improper, but wrong. The more religion is driven out of the public
square and the greater the decline in faith and trust in God, the faster
public morality and good behavior continue to descend.
you and I can swear in public, but praying in public is frowned upon.
Filthy language is protected speech, but the Ten Commandments are
banned. Blasphemous pornography is financed by the National Endowment
for the Arts, but children can be suspended from school for praying
before they eat their lunch.
The bottom line is
that we live in an increasingly immoral society that justifies and
defends any kind of behavior, no matter how bad. The abolition of
absolute standards successfully implemented by the moral relativists is
reaping a logical result—a coarsening of our society.