Indians vs Swedes

The Knights of Columbus drops me a line:

We wanted to let you know that the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Carl Anderson, is about to release a new book entitled “Beyond A House Divided: The Moral Consensus Ignored by Washington, Wall Street, and the Media.”  The book documents a great deal of new polling data showing that a majority of Americans are actually in agreement—on the need to restrict abortion, on the value of traditional marriage, and on the value of religion in public life—and want a return to traditional moral values.

That’s good to hear.  I’ve long believed that the complexion of American life was well described by Peter Berger, who said that if Sweden is the most secular country on earth and India the most religious, then America is best described as a nation of Indians ruled by Swedes.  Our Manufacturers of Culture are deeply fearful of American piety, for the god of this world, whom they worship in the guise of Caesar and Mammon, is a jealous god and will have no other God before him.  The horse race we face (and things don’t look promising) is whether American Judeo-Christian piety, watery and confused as it is, overcomes or is overcome by the post-Christian narrative that is pumped into our veins 24/7 by the Manufacturers of Culture in NY, DC and LA.