According to his article on June 6th in the Washington Post, George Will thinks all of America’s ethical problems are caused by singles who refuse to grow up and get married: “It (Obama administration) vows to excavate equities from the ambiguities of the hookup culture, this cocktail of hormones, alcohol and the faux sophistication of today’s prolonged adolescence of especially privileged young adults.” I assume he meant the hookup culture is the easiest moral ambiguity to identify becauase single adults are not hooked up with a current valid marriage license. Can we say “dumbed down” together? Not only are there scarce Christian equities left in the single hookup culture, there are scarce equities in the marriage/adultery/divorce culture as well. Is it only singles who are fueled by alcohol and hormones roaming free like cattle who are responsibile for the ambiguities of our ethical dilemma? No.
It’s interesting that he used the phrase “prolonged adolescence” because it was first coined by Southern Baptist Preachers to chastise the single adults in their churches for not getting married by a certain age. For example, in 2004 Albert Mohler (now president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY) wrote the following:
“Other problems are closely associated with this delay of marriage. Speaking to this group of Christian young people–an outstanding group of young Christian disciples and leaders–I pointed to what sociologists now describe as “extended adolescence”–a period of life that now is extended well into the twenties and even early thirties by many young adults, often young men, who have trouble making the transition to adulthood.”
And “prolonged adolescence” continues to be used to this day as a catch phrase for “sinful singles.” Hundreds of preachers use it every Sunday in their churches. Here’s another recent example from Jeff Medders. Notice that he has “prolonged adolescence” as a hashtag at the end of the article: http://cbmw.org/men/manhood/manhood-marred-the-peter-pan-syndrome/
What many people don’t realize is that when parents cede discipline and moral standards to high schools and colleges and even churches, they are extending the adolescence of every single American, married and unmarried; that they are trampling on the unalienable Rights that our Declaration of Independence sought to protect – Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. We have seen just how fast our liberties have disappeared during the Obama administration. When we allow the government and schools to define sexual standards, including what constitutes rape, we are turning our independence over to the federal government and to a regulatory state. We are becoming what the British tried to escape 238 years ago.
George Will’s article drew the most criticism though for this comment:
“Colleges and universities are being educated by Washington and are finding the experience excruciating. They are learning that when they say campus victimizations are ubiquitous (“micro-aggressions,” often not discernible to the untutored eye, are everywhere), and that when they make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate.”
If progressivism is defined in terms of social justice as opposed to Biblical truth and if it holds mankind’s knowledge superior to God’s wisdom, then any sort of victimhood status is to be coveted – whether you’re the victim of rape or the victim of robbery. Victims must have a regulatory state for protection. No standards are taught at home, so the government will set them for you. And the school’s definition of rape will depend on the genetics of a monkey during the last evolutionary process and the last opinion poll. What kind of track record does the government have with regards to sexual ethics? Would you like Bill Clinton to define rape for you? Would you like Anthony Weiner to define fidelity in marriage?
When you leave it up to politicians and society at large to set sexual standards, none will be set. At best, Christian standards will be replaced by communal “fairness” and public sentiment. George Will mentioned excavating equities. When you excavate something, you dig down into the earth. Since Christian values in America are no longer seen on the surface, I’m sure the Obama administration and those coming after him will take it upon themselves to dig up least common denominators to fit all. There could come a time when universities are allowed to report a 30% incidence of rape cases per year with no financial repercussions, as long as that is thte national average. There could come a time when three porn flicks in high school study hall is “fair,” as long as every student has an equal chance to view them. There could come a time when a blood alcohol level will determine if a girl was raped. “Sorry honey. We can’t press charges because your blood alcohol level was 0.365.” Why aren’t parents setting Christian standards at home? There are just as many married folks roaming free like cattle and living their lives in prolonged adolescence. Marriage does not solve anything. I challenge George Will to find a marriage mandate in the Bible or even define what marriage is.