The Sacred Dogma of the Left

February 20, 2012 13:27

[F]or the left, the fight isn’t about social justice or the proper scope of the state. It’s about the contraceptives. It’s about sex.


By JONATHAN V. LAST at the Weekly Standard


But to this day “the central dogma of the baby boomers,” as David Frum once wrote in these pages, is “the belief that sex, so long as it’s consensual, ought never to be subject to moral scrutiny at all.”

Sexual liberation began with the pill.


The pill created the possibility of a world where sex would have no dire consequences. In 1973, Roe v. Wade guaranteed it with a universal abortion right that acted as insurance against contraceptive failure. Sex was now free from repercussions even if it did result in pregnancy.


With the logistical consequences of sex conquered, liberals moved on to dismantling the moral consequences. As Frum noted in the early days of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, the left had to rally round President Clinton because “you start with an apparently sensible restriction—married presidents shouldn’t have sex with government employees in the Oval Office—and the next thing you know, it’s back to Nathaniel Hawthorne [and] .  .  . Puritan New England.” And that can’t be allowed.


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