Light in the darkness: National Review’s Rich Lowery wrote about marriage and out-of-wedlock births in Time magazine this week. He noticed that most *Murphy Browns –i.e. successful, educated, accomplished, deliberate choice-makers –are, in fact, MARRIED –”a bastion of marital traditionalism. It is left to the poor and the working class to ignore age-old wisdom about how to order our lives and thereby [they] suffer the consequences.”
According to his article, ONLY 8 per cent of women with college degrees are unwed mothers –compared to 70% of high school drop-outs, 51% of high school grads, and 34% for those with some college. I remember when it was 1 out of 40 white girls who had unwed pregnancies –and 2 out of 5 black girls. Now it’s 29 per cent white, 53% latino, and 73 percent blacks –who have out of wedlock births.
Lowry suggested Michelle Obama should use her position to encourage kids to wait for marriage –instead of worrying about their weight.
He said, “The decline of marriage is our most ignored national crisis. As it continues to slide away, our country will become less just –and less mobile. (I assume he meant “upwardly mobile?”)
I can’t think the courts promotion of gay marriage as a right is going to help at all. More and more men are contemplating hedonism with each other instead of making families with women for whom they are designed. Homosexuality is the gift that keeps on giving! from one generation to another and not through parents as much as through gays themselves.
* Murphy Brown was a tv sitcom character 20 years ago who decided to bear a child, accidentally conceived out of wedlock. She figured she could raise it herself when she should have considered adoption. Vice President Dan Quayle was ridiculed (later vindicated) for being so out of touch and old-fashioned about women's rights to bear AND RAISE children, married or not, that he criticized Murphy Brown. He spoke of the importance of fathers to children. Culture war in politics is nothing new. Unfortunately we are at the tipping point where more people are immoral than moral --and want policies to support the immoral.
"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible