James Dobson laments losing on all the big culture war battle fronts:
"The battles that we fought in the Eighties now, we were victorious in many of those conflicts with the culture, trying to defend righteousness, trying to defend the unborn child, trying to preserve the dignity of the family and the definition of marriage. We fought all those battles and really it was a holding action.
That's adherence to Fundamentalist Christian morals like abstinence-only education, opposing abortion, and opposing gay marriage for those of you speaking English.
[W]e made a lot of progress through the Eighties but then we turned into the Nineties and the internet came along and a new president came along and all of that went away and now we are absolutely awash in evil. And we are right now in the most discouraging period of that long conflict. Humanly speaking, we can say that we have lost all those battles, but God is in control and we are not going to give up now, right?
Yes James, you have lost (or are losing) all those battles, and you gave the reason yourself: the internet. Until very recently the churches always had a huge organizational advantage over their enemies. They met weekly to discuss philosophy and political strategy, and were able to move with one organized voice against the ever-bickering factions of the intelligentsia, a large part being unbelievers more suited to social anarchy.
Then the internet came along, which brought with it the ability to communicate and exchange information at a speed and efficiency never before conceived. The intelligentsia, the unbelievers, and everyone else interested in thinking about and researching subjects without the guiding hand of a church had found theirs. And since they were always more interested in information than the church groups, who preached faith instead, they came to dominate that forum and use it to its maximum. There's a reason the fact-checking sites inevitably come to be accused of a liberal bias.
Now we can quickly research any statement made for veracity, debunk any lie. Every evolution/creation debater now has the ability to research all information on his opponent and his likely arguments. School board members cannot keep their anti-education stealth agendas hidden for long. Political organization is redefined (eg Obama's revenue machine) in a way the old methods simply cannot keep pace.
The list goes on and on. Now that we can organize, the balance of power has shifted dramatically to the side of reason over faith. So get used to losing Dobson, cause we got a lotta mo for ya.
Hat tip: PZ Meyers.