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The N’Moral Majority

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Those with strong enough stomachs may wish to know that the Kinsey film is now available on DVD. An article by James Bowman in The New Atlantis: A Journal of Technology and Society points out the central theme of this propaganda piece: Kinsey’s contention that “everybody’s sin is nobody’s sin.”

In the film, as in fact, Kinsey revolutionized sexual behavior by demonstrating how “normal” certain taboo activities were. Bowman suggests that the Kinsey worldview calls for the coining of a new word: “n’moral.” As Bowman writes:

In morality’s place we have the ‘normal,’ and Kinsey is a hymn to the normal. The professor showed that by a simple statistical trick you could pronounce almost anything ‘normal’—that is, something that lots of people do—and in so doing you could make it look all right, especially in the world of post-war conformity.

Bowman rightly notes that the Kinsey film represents more than just the ideology of the sexual revolution. It highlights Hollywood’s most privileged value: “the thing that is neither moral nor immoral nor even amoral but outside the universe in which morality could make its appeal on any grounds other than normality.”

We live in a fearful and cowardly time. The crisis we face is not a crisis of clarity but a crisis of courage.

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About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency 
of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.

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