I have a vision, well actually a nightmare, that since the 1970’s and the rise of Falwellian “moral majority”, that there has been behind the scenes groups of powerful Christians on a covert crusade to take over America. Before you write me off as a conspiracy theorist, just look around. Just observe the Republican/tea party, look at who is in the running for GOP nomination. Look at the laws that have been enacted around the country and the overturning of rights. From Kansas to California, the far right is having an impact. If this trend continues, what would America look like in say, 2040. Let me just take some of the present trends
Pro-choice rights will be severely limited if not eliminated in at least two-thirds of the states. At the same time Planned Parenthood will cease to exist due to funding cuts through the years. Sex education in schools, if allowed at all, will consist of abstinence only education. Unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease will sky-rocket particularly among young people, including more resilient forms of HIV.
HIV/AIDS funding will be cut to minimum, agencies dealing with this disease will be closed for lack of funding and AIDS wards will be set up in hospitals to deal with its victims. No new medications will have been developed after 2020 due to lack of funding and HIV will have become immune to most of the current meds available, death for someone contracting HIV will the only option.
Marriage equality will have disappeared from state after state and sodomy laws will be resurrected and enforced throughout most of the USA. Bullying laws will be struck from the books and suicide rates among young gay and lesbian people will reach record numbers since the only option for gay teens would be arrest and conviction of sodomy or two years in a conversion therapy internment camp where psychological and physical torture were the norm.
Poverty, hunger, illiteracy, increase of mortality rates and homelessness will be prevalent across the country because social welfare, and public educational programs would have been slashed, while fundamentalist churches receive billions of new faith-based initiative monies from the government.
I have more trends, but I will put those in my next post. I am not trying to be a sensationalist here, I only write this from what have I seen and heard from people who speak for the religious far right. I do not think that I am that far off the reality should we continue down the road we are on.