- The supreme court of Italy last week ruled that public masturbation is legal (except in front of minors).
- The New York city council voted last month to legalize public urination.
- The San Francisco city council decided by one vote to continue the city’s ban on public nudity — not, of course, on the grounds of “decency,” but on the grounds of public health. Since that can easily be resolved by use of a towel on public benches and chairs, it is only a matter of time — probably a couple of years — before people will be permitted to walk around naked in San Francisco.
- A few weeks ago, the city of Charlotte, N.C., instructed its teachers not to refer to their elementary-school students as “boys and girls,” but as “students” and “scholars”(!). The reasons are presumably 1) the need for inclusivity (there might be a student who has no gender identity) and 2) the belief that adults should not impose a gender identity on young people.
- In a New York Times op-ed column, a professor of philosophy noted his shock at learning that most young Americans do not believe that moral truths exist. They are incapable of asserting that anything — including “killing for fun” — is wrong, beyond personal opinion.
There is no way to prove that God exists. But what is provable is what happens when societies stop believing in God. They commit suicide.