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Cause of the Culture wars Even a casual observer of the American culture cannot help but be impressed by the increasing degree of polarization not only of American politics but of cultural values and even lifestyles and attitudes There seems to be an endless array of conflict - not just minor differences of opinion but major conflict - even resulting in violence and murder The results seem to be applauded or abhorred - depending on whose side you are on The outcome of this conflict could not be more important - it is nothing less than the survival of Western civilization This is because the roots of this conflict run far deeper than most people realize and its consequences far more serious For example one of the major battlegrounds is over civil rights for homosexuals On the one side there are conservatives who claim that homosexuals are seeking special rights and have a gay agenda calculated to secure those special rights On the other side are liberals who believe that homosexuals are a repressed minority who suffer discrimination and bigotry and that homosexuals deserve minority status and rights The liberals who represent that view believe that government should not involve itself in the private lives of individuals provided it cannot show a compelling state interest in doing so Many conservatives on the other hand believe that the government should be based on a view of governance inspired by their interpretation of Christian culture rooted in the Bible Why are the two views at such loggerheads Why are they willing to fight each other even to the death It is because of a basic fundamental change that has taken place in Western civilization The change is the result of two technological innovations that have fundamentally changed how Americans and Western societies in general are organized and how these people relate to each other The first
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