People have been using the term “culture war” for as long as I can remember, but Wikipedia says that a book that was published in 1991 was the spark that made it popular in modern times…
James Davison Hunter, a sociologist at the University of Virginia, introduced the expression again in his 1991 publication, Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America. Hunter described what he saw as a dramatic realignment and polarization that had transformed American politics and culture.
He argued that on an increasing number of “hot-button” defining issues—abortion, gun politics, separation of church and state, privacy, recreational drug use, homosexuality, censorship—there existed two definable polarities. Furthermore, not only were there a number of divisive issues, but society had divided along essentially the same lines on these issues, so as to constitute two warring groups, defined primarily not by nominal religion, ethnicity, social class, or even political affiliation, but rather by ideological world-views.
There are true believers on both sides that believe that they will ultimately be triumphant, but in this article I am going to take a hard look at the state of the “culture war” based on what the hard numbers are telling us.
For example, LGBT issues have been one of the hot button topics in the “culture war” for decades, and a brand new survey has found that more Americans identify as LGBT than ever before…
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Author: Michael Snyder