Great news, Americans! Not only is the stock market at an all-time high, so is support for polygamy! A recent Gallup poll on American values and beliefs found acceptance of multiple spouses is now the highest on record, with 17% of respondents saying the practice is “morally acceptable.” Experts caution that determining the exact cause of the trend is difficult. There has, of course, been a rapid and general increase in “liberal” views on social issues such as same-sex relationships and premarital sex. However, one Gallup analyst notes that support for polygamy in the U.S. has risen by nearly 10 percentage points in just the seven years the TLC show “Sister Wives” has been on the air. (If that pace continues, by our tricentennial, everyone in America will declare polygamy to be a right granted to us by our Creator).
It wouldn’t be the first time that the boob tube has helped change American values. The NBC sitcom Will & Grace featured several gay characters and is often credited with shifting American’s attitudes on gay rights. And there are numerous other examples.
The unprecedented general increase in progressive views on social issues in America has been proceeding apace for over 50 years now. While television has certainly played its part, so has academia, the mainstream media, Hollywood in general, and the ever-emboldened special-interest groups themselves.
I have no doubt that if Americans were now more thoroughly polled, their acceptance of pedophilia, frotteurisme, zoophilia, necrophilia, urophilia, klismaphilia, coprophilia, incest, and auto-erotic asphyxia would be the highest ever on record, as well.
Tolerance, diversity, and inclusiveness good! Judgement, values, and virtues bad!
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