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Winners, or at least survivors of wars write the history of those wars. The same is true of culture wars, and the winners of America's culture battles are the progressives. Besides winners, losers and survivors, we also see victims. Many fear truth has become a victim if not a villain in our culture wars.
Consider some of the issues: abortion, same-sex marriage, climate change, education, political correctness, and religious freedom. Take climate change. America has spent hundreds of billions of dollars first combating global cooling in the 70s, then global warming in the 90s, and nowadays climate change as the preeminent threat to our existence.  
On the occasion of the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970, scientists predicted worldwide famines, air pollution so thick survivors would have to wear masks, and a new ice age no later than the turn of the century.
Does this sound familiar? At the time, Kenneth Watt, UC Davis Environmentalist said, "The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age."
In 2009, Al Gore cited research from eminent environmental scientists saying, “the entire North Polarized cap will disappear in five years.” Back on earth, the Arctic ice cap expanded more than 50 percent in 2013 over 2012 levels, and both poles have seen sea ice expand to record levels. Winters in the northern hemisphere have actually been colder with record snowfalls the past few years. Global warming?  
Now the environmental alarmists are warning of "climate change." That means they're rooting for disastrous weather events to prove their claims that mankind is actually doing something about the weather and what we're doing is not good. Unfortunately, the environmental alarmists have been writing the history of climate change for the past 50 years, and truth has become ... inconvenient. 
Debates over climate change have much more to do with political ideologies, money, and power than science. The same is true about other culture war issues. Is a baby in the womb a life? Is an eagle in an egg a life? Is a living cell on Mars a life?
 How about same-sex marriage? Are there differences between traditional marriages and same-sex marriages? Has anyone proven homosexuality is caused by genetics? If so, would such proof justify homosexuality as 'normal'? Has anyone proved pedophilia, alcoholism, or schizophrenia are caused by genetics? Would such findings prove these were normal behaviors?
Has political correctness changed how we view culture? It has certainly limited language we can use to discuss culture. Today it is strictly forbidden to use language or to espouse views that are sexist or racist. Lately assumptions about gender have become rude. No one should assume gender norms about anyone any more. How crass!
Among the politically correct, religious freedom is code for repression of civil rights. Some of us are forbidden from exercising our religious freedom because such exercise offends others and violates their civil rights.
So far progressives have won the culture battles in America. Nevertheless, truth is neither a victim nor a villain. Regardless what progressives write, truth trumps fatally flawed ideologies and will ultimately win the war.
Daniel Gardner
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