That dynamic has not changed yet. Those who's population is increasing will eventually attain the upper hand, while those who's population is declining will eventually become absorbed or pushed out, and you are right about how Media and the intelligentsia are constantly discouraging the normal nuclear family.
I am in agreement with that.
Feminism, Promiscuity, Abortion, Gay acceptance, Euthanasia, Hatred of Religion, etc. Everything seems to be pushing in the direction of death, and the absence of life. (So does their fiscal policies.)
You are sounding like a texan priest here. I cant agree with that, at least not completely.
A Texan Priest Huh?
Did you never go to a church where they warned you constantly that all the stuff which is happening now was going to happen? It was a constant theme in every church that I've been to. (Methodist, Church of God, Church of Christ, Seventh Day Adventist, Catholic, Several flavors of Baptist) The consistency was that the forces of darkness behave in certain ways, and those ways are predictable. Blood, Death, Pestilence, Mockery of all things good, twisted and unnatural acts, hatred of God and Religion, debauchery, foolishness, etc.
The funny thing was, that is what is happening now. It is no accident that this stuff so closely aligns with religious descriptions of evil. Now you can chose to believe in the supernatural, or you can perceive a pattern at work here. I repeatedly refer to the invisible hand of economics having a moral equivalent, that for the lack of a better term, we can call the hand of "God." In actuality, the consequences are the typical results of this sort of behavior, and it just appears as though there is a mind at work behind the scenes. I think the pioneers of religious thought stumbled upon either by accident or clever thinking, a methodology for convincing the public to live lives that are better for everyone. They discovered that the public is more than willing to accept notions of Deities, and can be cowed into silence if they should ever try to challenge the ideas.
Unfortunately, those who have become bright enough and free enough to challenge the theory of "God", haven't become bright enough to realize that the rules of "God" are the lynchpins which hold civilization together.
Break the rules, and the consequences are inevitable. Whether they be from God or from a human genetic chain reaction, will make no difference to the victims.
There is a reason why I hate religion. Among other things, the catholics caused lots of pain in my country, also to my family.
The Catholics, at one time, were the most powerful religious population on the planet, and still today wield great influence. They did a lot of things that were later considered to be wrong. I hate to go down this road, but others have pointed to the Protestant Reformation as the trigger for the age of enlightenment. Maybe, Maybe not. In any case, the Catholics have done, and are still doing much good in the world. Objectively, it very likely overbalances those things which they did which were wrong.
I also KNOW that it is wrong. Why should I like/defend something that is built on false data?
Because it works, and it is better than the alternative. It is human nature to look for patterns in things. My family and I were never particularly religious. For me, church was an occasional thing. For years, I believed what they told me, but I always pondered religious stuff that didn't make sense. Eventually, I concluded that it cannot possibly work that way, so I decided to ponder how it actually does work. I've come up with answers that make sense to me, and so I operate in accordance with my working hypothesis. Religion acts as a curb against individualistic selfish impulses by pitting human urge against human fear in each individual person. By setting people up as their own guardian they insure that most people's baser nature has some sort of check.
If secular fear alone was used (as in people will punish you for killing someone) then the mind responds, "But only if I get caught!" It leaves open the idea of killing as long as one can get away with it. With an omnipresent "God" watching you all the time, you can never get away with it, so you put the idea out of your mind, Which benefits you (something can go wrong) and benefits the community in which you live. (fewer people are getting murdered. One of them might be you!