Daniel Patrick Moynihan coined the phrase "defining deviancy down" to describe the process by which we accept outrageous acts that we would never have tolerated a generation ago.
Well, looking at recent headlines, let's consider adopting a new term: defining depravity down. Here are a few examples: Two young Muslim radicals, educated in America, set off bombs at the Boston Marathon, killing three and badly injuring dozens more. In Britain, a British soldier is gruesomely murdered by two more Islamists – in broad daylight while spectators capture the attack with their camera phones.
Evil is not just the product of Islamist extremism, of course. The details that emerged about Philadelphia late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell's daily activities seemed to get worse and worse each day. And now more reports are coming out of North Carolina and Texas that mirror the Gosnell story.
The list goes on. Government scandals proliferate. Marriage and family are being redefined. And these are just the recent headlines. We've grown to expect a new sign of cultural decline almost every day.
But is this cultural decline purely of our own making, or is something more sinister going on?