Twentyish years ago, PETA was considered a fringe group that spoiled people’s best clothes. A few months ago, a study said that more Americans think it’s immoral to wear fur than think it’s immoral to have an abortion or a divorce.
Then there’s the whole PETA/Mepkin Abbey thing.
Let’s not even get into everything the Gay Rights movement does.
The success of these groups is not just because they have so much influence in Hollywood, etc. They have the influence because they’re effective at influence-building.
Catholics always seem several steps behind the culture and to take advantage of new technologies: how long did it take us to embrace the printing press after giving the Protestants a huge lead?
Rather than raising the call to retreat in the Culture Wars, we need to redo our strategy. We need to look at what groups like PETA are doing that helps them win people’s hearts and minds, and we need to do that.
I’ll tell you one right now: you’re likely to see far more dedication among PETA members doing one of their protests (e.g., their well-organized and obviously effective campaign against Mempkin Abbey) than you are to see among Catholics regarding praying in front of Planned Parenthood. We can’t even get our local birthright to support our Planned Parenthood prayer vigils.