When the morals of a society are the last thing considered, life as we know it is endangered.

When a chosen lifestyle takes priority over human decency, life as we know it is endangered.

When a leader uses fear and intimidation to gain respect, society as we know it is endangered.

Between the ongoing debate about transgender bathrooms and what seems like the deterioration of leadership across the nation, our society has become one of cultural slavery.

According to a Gallup poll conducted in May 2015, most Americans (72 percent) believe the state of moral values in the U.S. is “getting worse.” Another 45 percent described the state of moral values as “poor,” while 34 percent said they are “only fair.” Only 19 percent of those surveyed said the state of moral values were either “excellent” or “good.”

These percentages will likely show even worse results since the race for the country's next president is bringing out the true colors of a few of the nation's leaders – and they are not red, white and blue.

Change is a part of life, but why does it have to be change for the worse? Why do we have to compromise our beliefs and ethics to please others?

How is someone's confusion about their sexual orientation more important than the privacy of the majority of Americans? More importantly, how are the desires of a minority of people worth more consideration than the well-being of our own children?

America has become the land where minorities get every allowance. We are no longer a democracy. The majority does not rule. The majority is suffering in order to make sure a few feel welcome.

It's not wrong to make people feel accepted, but it is wrong to use others as a welcoming mat.

“It is impossible to stand upright when one plants his roots in the shifting sands of popular opinion and approval,” said American religious leader Thomas S. Monson.

Why is our society so afraid?

Stand up for decency, America.

Of course, the poor moral decisions of our nation seep into actions of our leaders, as well.

“Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear,” said French philosopher, author and journalist Albert Camus.

Turning a group of people into a fearful society endangers everyone. Morals are the key to this slippery slope.

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, morals are: Principles of right and wrong behavior; expressing or teaching a conception of right behavior; conforming to a standard of right behavior.

Where are our country's principles? How can those with good morals teach right behavior if they don't have any good examples in our world today?

Let's turn this ship around. Let's get back to the time in American history when doing the “right” thing was the way to live. Let's get back to a society where doing the “right” thing is not acceptable at all cost of moral obligation.

It's OK to show love and acceptance to others, but it's not OK to push immoral beliefs upon a nation.

The Jacksonville Progress