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March 7, 2019

Mornings w Carmen Thurs 3-7-2019 hour 1: Prostitution is the new front on the cultural tide of normalization

There’s a process by which that which was once anathematized by a culture becomes normalized.

First, the autonomy of the self is prioritized while God and godliness are de-emphasized. The sensibilities of a people are desentized to the sin which is openly rationalized. What is rationalized as good is then popularized, de-stigmatized, de-criminalized and formally legalized. Once legalized it is officially normalized and anyone who opposes it marginalized.  And, people become polarized.

In different ways through various agents, this process is initiated and realized in pop culture, public education, higher ed, the church, the media, and now most powerfully through social media and social networks.

Consider a few examples: 

Homosexuality was rationalized by some to be good; homosexuality was then popularized, decriminalized and formally legalized through the Supreme Court’s action in Obergefell in 2015. As efforts to normalize homosexuality are seen as complete, efforts today focus on the normalization of transgenderism.

Abortion and marijuana have an added feature on the route to legalization and normalized. They were both medicalized. If you can medicalize abortion or marijuana you can more easily legalize and normalize them.  And, as abortion was legalized 40 years ago, we see efforts today to normalize infanticide.

What’s next on the normalization through legalization front? Prostitution.

Carmen has that conversation with Ben Johnson from the Acton Institute. They specifically address Senator Kamala Harris’ recent call for decriminalization of the sex trade: “When you’re talking about consenting adults, I think that yes, we should really consider that we can’t criminalize consensual behavior, as long as no one is being harmed,” Senator Harris, D-Calif., told The Root. “But at the point that anyone is being harmed or exploited, then we have to understand that’s a different matter.”

Carmen and Ben discuss the complicated concept of consent when you’re talking about people who were trafficked long before the age of consent, the reality of addiction in the sex worker industry, the reality of harm caused to the individuals involved, marriages, family and society and the very moral truth that not everything should be bought and sold. (I’m thinking here about people, baby body parts, opioids and other illicit drugs, and yes, sex.)

Turning from the normalization (by legalization) of prostitution, Carmen discusses the glorification of abortion with Kim Ketola from Cradle My Heart.

Carmen mentioned during the show that Abby Johnson’s film, Unplanned, arrives in theaters March 29. Carmen talked with Abby about why she left Planned Parenthood to become a pro-life advocate. You can read and listen to Carmen’s conversation with Abby Johnson here.





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