Polling study finds the majority now sees what we might call “traditional” moral standards are now bad standards. This is the first time polling has reflected a reversal by so many Americans.
This does not surprise people who watch what is going on around them. Children have been taught these new moral views by their peers and in public schools for quite a while.
In the survey 19 questions were asked about 19 moral issues. These included gay marriage, physician assisted suicide and divorce. Respondent’s acceptance on 13 of the 19 issues was more liberal than when the same survey was taken a few years ago. No category of the moral issues polled as accepted less.
This not to say people are happier about the moral state of the country. For their own reasons, people still think the morals of the country are bad.
There no doubt are millions of people in the U. S. who think the Bible provides them with sound moral principles. Yet the Bible is full of behavior attributed to both God and Jesus which we would find less than moral today. Moral principles do not come from religion but from the accumulated experience of all human history. Values that are harmful to societies tend to disappear and ones that seem to help society are adopted as good.
Most helpful at this point in our history would be a frank discussion of moral values that left out religion. We could discuss practices that are harmful to other people and to the future of human kind.