|The Roman empire in the time of Hadrian (ruled 117-38 AD), showing the network of main Roman roads. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
After spending time quoting from Raushenbush’s column, she (Janet Mefferd) warned that greater acceptance of “neo-pagan” homosexuality will ultimately lead to the de-stigmatization of pedophilia and a return to the sexual mores of Ancient Rome, cautioning that “Jerry Sandusky thirty years from now may be a normal thing.” “You already have pedophiles who are trying to be normalized at the American Psychological Association, I think that’s the name of it, they’ve succeeded in having homosexuality removed from the playbook as some sort of disorder,” Mefferd said, “and now they’re working on pedophilia and I’m sure they’ll be successful because that’s where it is all headed.”-Janet Mefferd Warns Listeners They Might Vomit from Story about Anderson Cooper Coming Out--Submitted by Brian Tashman on Thu, 07/05/2012 - 4:15pm to Right Wing Watch
This is one of the Logical Fallacies that is a major part of the Christian Right arsenal. The thought here is that the morality of Rome is what lead to it's downfall. An article in the latest issue of National Geographic spells out a more plausible answer.
The inscription on a five-foot-tall altar uncovered in Augsburg by German workers in 1992 is a sort of epitaph for Hadrian’s grand idea, noting that on April 24 and 25, A.D. 260, Roman soldiers clashed with barbarians from beyond the German frontier. The Romans prevailed—barely.
Their commander set up an altar to Victory. Reading between the lines reveals a different picture: The barbarians had been raiding deep into Italy for months and were heading home with thousands of Roman captives. “It shows the border is already collapsing,” says the German Archaeological Institute’s Hüssen.
The empire would never be safe inside its shell again. Pressures on the frontiers finally became too great. Cities across the empire began building their own walls; the emperors scrambled to fight off regular invasions. The costs and chaos were crippling. Within two centuries an empire that once dominated an expanse larger than today’s European Union was gone.
-Rome’s border walls were the beginning of its end.
--By Andrew Curry @ National Geographic.
The economics of running an empire that covered an area greater than today's EU finally lead to Rome's downfall. It was decadence. It wasn't immorality. It was the lack of funds to secure the borders that destroyed the mighty empire.