21 February 2005

nothing better to do...? part V

Now comes word that Prince Charles and his fiance will not be welcomed to the White House while on a trade mission that has been in the plans for the last three years because Camilla is divorced and the Bushies want to be seen to only support traditional marriage with no divorce! The visit was to happen after the two are married in April.

But, wait, isn't Charles divorced also? He divorced Diana, Princess of Wales. Oh, no, she's dead. So, the divorce must not count, while Camilla's ex is still alive. Camilla looks like death warmed over. Won't that count?

Oh, and what about the millions of people in the US who are not married but live in committed relationships and have children - Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell come immediately to mind. They've been together since 1982. What about the 50%+ of Americans who are divorced? Can they be barred from taking the White House tour?

Or, better yet! What about the fact that

"George Barna, president and founder of Barna Research Group, commented: 'While it may be alarming to discover that born again Christians are more likely than others to experience a divorce, that pattern has been in place for quite some time.'" Religious Tolerance.org

The article goes on to say, "Divorce rates among conservative Christians were much higher than for other faith groups, and for Atheists and Agnostics."


"The data showed that the highest divorce rates were found in the Bible Belt. 'Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama and Oklahoma round out the Top Five in frequency of divorce...the divorce rates in these conservative states are roughly 50 percent above the national average' of 4.2/1000 people."

Yes, a great reason behind it is that couples in the south get married at a much younger age than other parts of the country, but where is the help to either control it or help them out?

Oh, boy, we've got trouble...

"Right here in River City.
Trouble with a capital "T"
And that rhymes with "D" and that stands for divorce!"

But here is the worst part of the problem as cited at Religious Tolerance.org:

"Even more disturbing, perhaps, is that when those individuals experience a divorce many of them feel their community of faith provides rejection rather than support and healing. But the research also raises questions regarding the effectiveness of how churches minister to families. The ultimate responsibility for a marriage belongs to the husband and wife, but the high incidence of divorce within the Christian community challenges the idea that churches provide truly practical and life-changing support for marriages."

The majority of couples who find themselves in the position have no where to turn. They are lost in a sea of confusion with no one explaining possibilities that will keep them present to their circumstances.

365Gay.com has a slant that also needs to be taken seriously by the right:

"The Administration's new push could result in non-traditional straight families supporting gays in fighting a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage."

This is could open up a can of gummi worms, since the right and Mr. Bush have

nothing better to do...

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