Mitt Romney delivered a graduation speech recently to a largely Mormon audience at Southern Virginia University in which, among other things, he suggested that the school’s graduating seniors not unduly delay marriage and children.
His countercultural remarks have drawn a firestorm of criticism, and have been pronounced deeply weird and the ravings of a “religious fanatic” by elements of elite opinion (including a CNN panel featuring, among others, the reliably wrong Marc Lamont Hill, the still-not-expelled British import Piers Morgan, and the lamentable daughter of a former Utah governor) and elsewhere. Which speaks eloquently of the nature of our society today, and which should help practicing Latter-day Saints understand that they’re not likely to have the genuine respect of the current masters of American culture anytime soon — not even on matters related to marriage and family where we could once count on social reinforcement for the shared values of a sort of civil religion — and should waste little time or effort seeking it. I suspect that the response also shows that even internal moral exhortations, within the community of faith, will be subject to derision from the outside. (I anticipate that this will increase considerably, as a matter of fact. Dissent from orthodoxy will not be tolerated, however much that orthodoxy celebrates faux diversity.)
Posted from New York City