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California’s statute, which the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld last week, denies the right of parents to take children to licensed therapists to deal with unwanted same-sex desires.

Parents are allowed only to enlist therapists who counsel children to be “gay.” This is America, land of the free?

Isn’t it the liberals who keep telling us to stop imposing our morality on them?

America is not only morally confused, but obsessed with bad behavior. In December, The Wall Street Journal devoted a weekend review section’s front page to an article by Lee Seigel entitled “America the Vulgar.”

After assuring us that he was no prude (his favorite movie is “Last Tango in Paris”), Mr. Siegel does a good job conveying the gnawing fears of many Americans that Miley Cyrus and her obscene “twerking” is the new normal.

“When did the culture become so coarse?” he asks like Rip Van Winkle waking up to a particularly awful hangover.

Insisting that he is “no angry culture warrior,” he nonetheless muses about “a time when there were powerful imprecations instead of mere obscenity — or at least when sexual innuendo, because it was innuendo, served as a delicious release of tension between our private and public lives.”

Well, OK, but the real problem is not lack of sophistication, but the numbing of conscience. Beneath that is contempt for God, the Author of morality.

America’s moral confusion and obsession with materialism was once diagnosed by Soviet dissident and Nobel laureate Alexander Solzhenitsyn in a June 8, 1978, Harvard speech for which he was roundly denounced by America’s intelligentsia, led by The New York Times.

Thirty-six years later, another Russian, a former KGB leader whom Solzhenitsyn would regard as a strange bedfellow, recently made similar observations:

“Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values . Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan.”

Vladimir Putin may be exploiting our moral decline for his own purposes, but to many weary Americans, his remarks ring true.

We are not yet the world’s Great Satan, as our militant Muslim enemies falsely describe us, but we might consider asking our ruling elites in Hollywood, New York and Washington to give the mullahs less evidence for that claim.

Meanwhile, those with faith in God and a love for a free America need to hold tight, pray for revival and become more actively involved in what needs to be a mighty tide of resistance.

Robert Knight is senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for The Washington Times.