Marybeth Hicks

So the culture wars are back, with a vengeance, and thank the Lord. (Not Mr. Obama, who only plays one on TV.)

Only a reinvigorated and virtuous culture will save this republic, folks. As George Washington said in his first inaugural, “[T]he foundations of our National policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality.”

The fact that leftists declared the culture wars a thing of the past - so arcane as to be labeled ” ‘90s” - meant concerns about the declining moral and ethical underpinnings of our nation were summarily dismissed as uncool, unhip, unimportant.

But nothing is more important.

During the past two weeks, thanks to the misguided tenor of the debate about the HHS mandate, people actually are talking and writing about the impact of the sexual revolution on our national ethos.

To be sure, the issue is religious liberty. Whether or not the culture wars are reprosecuted, the rights of conscience and the free exercise of religion according to the tenets of one’s faith are paramount to our existence as a nation.

But by all means, bring on the culture wars - because in case you haven’t noticed, the culture we have is crumbling, and it’s not a reflection of our politics, but the very thing that’s causing our era of discontent.

Marybeth Hicks

Marybeth Hicks is the author of Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left's Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom (Regnery Publishers, 2011).