If God Is Dead, Can America Survive?

If God Is Dead, Can America Survive? by Pat Buchanan.

Dennis Prager made an acute observation: “The vast majority of leading conservative writers … have a secular outlook on life. … They are unaware of the disaster that godlessness in the West has led to.”

These secular conservatives may think that “America can survive the death of God and religion,” writes Prager, but they are wrong.

And, indeed, the last half-century seems to bear him out.

A people’s religion, their faith, creates their culture, and their culture creates their civilization. And when faith dies, the culture dies, the civilization dies, and the people begin to die.

Is this not the recent history of the West?

Today, no great Western nation has a birthrate that will prevent the extinction of its native-born. By century’s end, other peoples and other cultures will have largely repopulated the Old Continent.

And while the European peoples—Russians, Germans, Brits, Balts—shrink in number, the U.N. estimates that the population of Africa will double in 34 years to well over 2 billion people.

Well birth control and the welfare state might have something to do with it. I think the jury is still out on this one, but it is an interesting point of view.

Since the 1960s, America has set new records for abortions, violent crimes, incarcerations, drug consumption. Forty percent of U.S. births are out of wedlock. For Hispanics, the illegitimacy rate is over 50 percent; for African-Americans, it’s over 70 percent. Test scores of U.S. high school students fall annually and approach parity with Third World countries.

Too much big government and political correctness? Changing technology? Lessening religion, spirituality, and meaning? Hard to know; it all happened at once.