Byline: Rebecca Hagelin, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Culture challenge of the week: The left's assault on our children.
Kool-Aid. It conjures up contradictory images. On one hand, it brings to mind thirsty gulps, drink-stained lips and happy children. On the other, it suggests the shadow of the Jonestown massacre, where cult leader Jim Jones killed hundreds of his followers, including children, by spiking their sugary drinks with poison. It tasted good going down, but led to inevitable death.
These days, too many of our children are drinking a different kind of spiked Kool-Aid. And it's being served to them by unwitting educators, dysfunctional celebrities, government leaders and the whole of pop culture.
What's in the Kool-Aid? The sweet flavor of unrestrained sexual pleasure (Consequences? What consequences?), the languid taste of easy government money They better not cut my benefits .. or grants . or services ) and the invigorating rush of personal autonomy I can make my own decisions. Who needs parents? Or God? ).
Our children are swallowing it in gulps, as they listen attentively to classroom lessons that denigrate capitalism, watch family shows on television that feature gender-bending characters, and listen to iPods that spew filthy words and perverted images. Undiscriminating, they slurp down the cultural flavors. But dire consequences lie just ahead for our children, unless we act now.
I just finished reading a hard-hitting new book, Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left's Assault on our Families, Faith and Freedom, that's a must-read for all parents who love their children. Written by the witty and insightful Marybeth Hicks, a Washington Times columnist and mother of four, the book delivers a devastating critique of our culture - and some solid ideas about how to turn things around.
Compelling and fast-moving, Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid sounds the alarm about the liberals' aggressive assault on morals, the free market and the family - a campaign that's steamrolling ahead under the Obama administration. The left is driving hard to redefine what it means to be human - to normalize behavior such as homosexuality, promiscuity and abortion, that damages society as much as it injures the soul, psyche and body of the person engaging in it. …