(OPINION) PNW – For the last decade or so, those warning of civilizational collapse have been accused of being alarmist. I recently reviewed Rod Dreher’s latest book, Live Not By Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents, and noted that many still believe that a “silent majority” of Americans are opposed to the radicalism of the Left–that eventually, progressives will “go too far” and that the pendulum will back.
I’ve heard that case made by people far more educated and intelligent than myself, and I hope they’re right. But I’d like to share a few reasons that I think it far more likely that Dreher is right, and that Western civilization–not just the United States–is on the brink of a long and dark post-Christian moment.
It is true that most people are still not on board with the radicalism of the transgender movement, for example. But we need to remember that the public education system has been completely colonized by the LGBT movement, and children who spend thirteen years in a state school will emerge transformed.
If you are a Christian and send your child to a public school, expect him to lose his views. If public school doesn’t do the trick, college or university might. Essentially, a radical movement has virtually unsupervised access to the majority of the nation’s children for the first, formative years of their lives.
And as Abigail Shrier noted in her recent book Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, it is changing the views of the population overnight. Progressives play the long game–in ten years, most of these kids will be voting.