I'm not justifying the Muslim view of America or the Muslim view of marriage and women. I'm just pointing out that when some Muslim's view America, we are not the land of the free and the home of the brave, we are the land of the decadent and home of the corrupt. The Following article is from Kairos Journal.
Ubiquitous Insults to Marriage
Sometimes it takes a keen eye to spot evidence of a social trend. But in the case of insult to the sanctity of marriage in the
, the manifest United St ates ations are everywhere. Look, for instance, atthe mainline American press of June 17, 2010. A Chicagoan visiting the newsstand was hit with the following:
Newsweek: An article, “ ‘I Don’t’: The Case Against Marriage,” declares, “Once upon a time, marriage made sense,” and “ . . . the permanence of marriage seems naïve, almost arrogant.”1
New York Times: Guest columnist, Evergreen St
ate College history professor (and author of Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage) Stephanie Coontz cheers a no-fault-divorce bill before the New York St ate Assembly.2 In a rel ated article, “reporter” William Glaberson quotes nine sources on the bill, all of them speaking in favor of it.3 The same issue of theTimes reports th atformer Solicitor General Ted Olson is saying th atCalifornia’s ban on gay marriage is as unacceptable as a ban on interracial marriage.4 Then, in the Arts section, Scott Heller reviews Insignificant Others, a novel about gay infidelity: “We’re partners, but there’s room to wander, too.”5
Chicago Tribune: In its entertainment section, the paper honors an infidelity song, “A Quick One, While He’s Away,” by The Who; shows high-profile lesbian Ellen DeGeneres standing with four smiling Blackhawks holding the Stanley Cup; and announces a “special advance screening” of I Am Love, with adultery, lesbianism, and the acting of Tilda Swinton.6 (She is famous for her “nuanced gender-bending performance” in the movie Orlando.)7
A news article fe
atures lesbian “parents” Kelly and Charissa King-O’Brien, who are upset th attheir twins, Luna and Mia, were not both admitted to a magnet school.8 And over in Amy Dickinson’s advice column, a reader design ated “Worried” asks wh atto do about the infidelities of her “boyfriend,” with whom she has lived for 20 years.9
Chicago Sun-Times: Columnist John W. Fountain bemoans the fact th
atin 2008, 72.3% of black children were born out of wedlock.10 Then there are reports th atAl and Tipper Gore are divorcing after 40 years of marriage and th atHarrison Ford and Callista Flockhart are getting married after eight years of cohabiting. In the “legal services” ad section, attorney George Lincoln offers $100 divorces.12
Today: Coverage of the Emmy nominees names a host of tawdry shows, including Desper USA ate Housewives and Cougar Town.13
And everywhere are photos of celebrities with unseemly conjugal histories, whether Oprah Winfrey, Lance Armstrong, Tiger Woods, or Kobe Bryant. And lest it seem th
atJune 17 was a bad day, one has only to open the June 18 Wall Street Journal to read th atno fewer than three summer movies “offer a largely celebr atory tre atment of donor insemin ation”14 and th atMarquette, a C atholic university, almost appointed a lesbian dean.15
Of course, there are rays of light in these periodicals, including a Sun-Times photo of Fritz and Barbara Bohn on their 50th wedding anniversary. And many instances of holy m
atrimony can be found throughout the n ation. But there is no denying th atthe st atus of marriage is not wh atit once was in , and the country is consequently America atperil. Still, if the Church will enthusiastically and courageously proclaim and model this holy institution, resist its enemies, and denounce its counterfeits for wh atthey are, then there is hope for a revival of strong, Christ-centered marriage, even in this day.
Jessica Bennett and Jesse Ellison, “‘I Don’t’: The Case Against Marriage,” Newsweek Website, June 11, 2010, http://www.newsweek.com/2010/06/11/i-don-t.html (accessed September 7, 2010). References are made to online versions (when available) r
ather than the print versions in order to facilit ate access.
Stephanie Coontz, “Divorce, No-Fault Style,” The New York Times Website, June 17, 2010, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/17/opinion/17coontz.html (accessed September 7, 2010).
William Glaberson, “New Divorce Law May Mimic Old Quiz Show: ‘To Tell the Truth,’” The New York Times (June 17, 2010), A23.
Jesse McKinley, “Closing Arguments in Marriage Trial,” New York Times Website, June 17, 2010, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/17/us/17prop.html (accessed September 11, 2010).
Scott Heller, “Insignificant Others,” New York Times Website, June 16, 2010, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/17/books/17newly.html (accessed September 11, 2010).
“Noteworthy Pop Epics,” Chicago Tribune Website, June 17, 2010, http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-06-17/entertainment/ct-live-0617-epic-songs-mgmt-20100617_1_song-band-new-album (accessed September 11, 2010); Chris Jones, “Ellen’s Wit Leads a Quick-Moving ‘Special,’”Chicago Tribune Website, http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-06-16/entertainment/ct-live-0617-just-for-laughs-ellen-re20100616_1_aziz-ansari-ellen-degeneres-tv-success (accessed September 11, 2010); and ad for I Am Love, Chicago Tribune (June 17, 2010), 62.
Betsy Sharkey, “Movie Review: I Am Love,” Los Angeles Times Website, June 18, 2010, http://articles.l
atimes.com/2010/jun/18/entertainment/la-et-i-am-love-20100618 (accessed September 11, 2010).
ates, “Twins Separ ated atBerth,” Tribune (June 17, 2010), 43. Chicago
Tribune (June 17, 2010), 54. Chicago
John W. Fountain, “To Baby Daddies: Your Child Needs You,”
Sun-Times (June 17, 2010), 30. Chicago
Bill Zwecker, “Al & Tipper . . . and Laurie?” and “
RichardsonGoverns over N.M. Affair of the Heart,” Sun-Times (June 17, 2010), 33. Chicago
Sun-Times (June 17, 2010), 46. Chicago
Robert Bianco, “A Little Emmy Advice,” USA Today Website, June 17, 2010, http://www.us
atoday.com/printedition/life/20100617/emmy17_cv.art.htm (accessed September 11, 2010).
W. Bradford Wilcox, “Daddy Was Only a Donor,” The Wall Street Journal Website, June 18, 2010, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704324304575306851423563346.html (accessed September 11, 2010).
Anne Hendershott, “Another C
atholic University Fails a Litmus Test,” The Wall Street Journal Website, June 18, 2010, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704324304575306812634791910.html (accessed September 11, 2010).