For our religious heritage . . .
Civilization is a social contract in which the participants must agree on the terms of an orderly existence. Those terms involve moral obligations consistent with the dominant culture. History teaches us that great civilizations are conquered from within, perhaps because, in their striving for greatness, they neglect and abandon the principles that built their success. Those principles are usually grounded in religion. Before there were laws in books, there was religion in the hearts and minds of people struggling to carve a decent life out of a cruel and brutish landscape . . . We have been systematically conditioned to tolerate behavior that once would have elicited gasps from even the most seasoned exhibitionists. It appears that we have lost our ability to be shocked. Nevertheless, in the face of all this evidence that we are in desperate need of a spiritual Renaissance, those who strive for a rebirth of values are pejoratively referred to as members of the "religious right." In other words, if you want a return to the days when twelve-year-olds were not having sex with their teachers, child molesters weren't soliciting children on the internet (NAMBLA), and murders didn't occur in multiples, you must be some sort of extremist.
Well, if being an extremist means having faith in a higher power and clinging to a values-based moral code, it's a label we should wear proudly. It was worn by our ancestors when they celebrated the first Thanksgiving in the New World.
I'm with our ancestors. More here at the American Thinker.