Thanks to reader-researcher RC, for sent this, writing:
The concomitant rise of the State has a lot to do with it as well.
Years ago charitable institutions, including orphanages, hospitals and the like, were sponsored by Christian and Jewish groups, and handled the bulk of charity cases in this country. Think Daughters of Charity, or Salvation Army or the many Baptist and Jewish hospitals in this country.
Now the State does.
As the Leviathan grows, so does it diminish the influence of religious institutions.
Many “conservatives,” for many reasons, went along with this.
With predictable results.
By Patrick J. Buchanan on December 25, 2012 at 9:42pm
For two millennia, the birth of Christ has been seen as the greatest event in world history. The moment Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem, God became man, and eternal salvation became possible.
This date has been the separation point of mankind's time on earth, with B.C. designating the era before Christ, and A.D., anno domino, in the Year of the Lord, the years after. And how stands Christianity today?
"Christianity is in danger of being wiped out in its biblical heartlands," says the British think tank Civitas.
In Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Ethiopia and Nigeria, Christians face persecution and pogroms. In Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan, conversion is a capital offense. In a century, two-thirds of all the Christians have vanished from the Islamic world.
In China, Christianity is seen as a subversive ideology of the West to undermine the regime.
In Europe, a century ago, British and German soldiers came out of the trenches to meet in No-Man's Land to sing Christmas carols and exchange gifts. It did not happen in 1915, or ever again.
In the century since, all the Western empires have vanished. All of their armies and navies have melted away. All have lost their Christian faith. All have seen their birthrates plummet. All their nations are aging, shrinking and dying, and all are witnessing invasions from formerly subject peoples and lands.
[Read the rest here.]