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What would Jesus say about no-fault divorce and same-sex marriage?

Neil Simpson posted recently about this passage of Scripture from the gospel of Matthew.

1 Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he went away from Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. 2 And large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.

3 And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” 4 He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” 7 They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?” 8 He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. 9 And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.” (Matthew 19:1-11)

OK, just so you know no-fault divorce is the most anti-family policy out there right now, along with anti-father welfare programs that reward women for having out-of-wedlock births. Same-sex marriage is probably in third place, I would think. All three of these things are bad for at least one reason: they all deprive children of being raised by a father and a mother. Both are needed.

When the parents are linked to the children biologically, the bond is even more stable and the children benefit even more. Children are more vulnerable than adults, and we need to put their needs above the needs of adults, especially adults whose only reason for atacking marriage is selfishness and hedonism. I also think that re-marriage after a divorce is bad for the children. Stepfathers are trouble!

Neil is particularly concerned with responding to “Christians” who don’t support traditional marriage.

Neil writes:

Jesus didn’t drag out the discussion with the Pharisees like we do with the pro-gay theology crowd.  I think He would have answered them the same way He did with the pro-divorce crowd, with a dig at how in their rebellion they miss the obvious: “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

Are we straining for complicated responses, when a simple response will do?

Some of the challenges facing men today

This is just a round-up of a few issues that that will be of interest to those who would like to learn more about the challenges facing men today. These articles are all from this week.

And from earlier posts this week:

And some oldies-but-goodies:

And the Independent Women’s Forum’s introduction to Title IX, which discriminates against male athletics on the university campus.

Does the education system discriminate against boys?

Check out this article from MercatorNet, about the plight of boys stuck in the feminized public schools.

Excerpt:

Men are now lagging women in every major category from lifestyle to health, from education to employment. For instance, on the health and lifestyle front, men are involved in twice as many fatal auto accidents as women. Good-bye to all those jokes about women drivers. Currently the US has 1.5 million men in the slammer, a 15 to 1 lead over the fairer sex. We guys are much more likely to be alcoholics and we are ahead in the obesity derby. No surprise, then, that on average women have a five-year lead in life span.

For decades now, feminists have been decrying the salary deferential that men have enjoyed. Perhaps this is so for men in their 40s and 50s, but no longer for the 20-something crowd. The playing field is now level, with the advantage held by the women when it is time to tighten the corporate belt and lay-offs occur. As our recession/depression deepens, bosses are laying off young male employees at a greater rate than young women. This employment data corresponds to staggering statistics showing that across the country girls and young women are dramatically out-schooling their male counterparts. Last September 58 percent of the entering freshman class at the nation’s colleges and universities was female.

However, not only is there a large gap in favor of women’s college attendance, but women go through college faster, with higher grades, more honors and fewer disciplinary setbacks. Currently, they are being admitted to elite graduate business and medical schools in greater numbers.

Other topics:

  • men’s apathy due to getting sex from women without having to prove themselves
  • the lack of fathers (caused by no-fault divorce and welfare programs)
  • the lack of male teachers in schools
  • the lack of male role models in the feminized curriculum
  • parents spending too much on video games and other distractions

This is a must-read for anyone who cares about men.

Other articles by this author

Books I am reading about education

Education Myths: What Special Interest Groups Want You to Believe About Our Schools – And Why It Isn’t So
by Jay P. Greene

The Worm in the Apple: How the Teacher Unions Are Destroying American Education
by Peter Brimelow

The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men
by Christina Hoff Sommers

Germany persecutes Christian parents for homeschooling

UPDATE: Welcome, visitors from 4Simpsons! Thanks for the link, Neil! Neil’s latest round-up features posts about Sarah Palin, and a review of the movie Up! by LoneWolfArcher! (He gives it two thumps way up!)

Story from Life Site News. (H/T Miss Marprelate‘s latest round-up of stories)

Excerpt:

Another legal battle is brewing in Germany as yet another German family faces ruinous fines and the loss of custody of their son, because they have committed the crime of homeschooling.

Hans and Petra Schmidt, residents of southern Bavaria, will appear in court for two separate hearings in order to defend their right to act as the primary educators of the children against the German state, which has outlawed homeschooling since 1938, the days of the Third Reich.

According to the International Human Rights Group (IHRG), the Schmidts are committed Christians, who chose to educate their children at home in order to preserve their two sons from the hostile moral and secular environment of German public schools.

…The state has leveled heavy fines on the Schmidt family to the tune of a staggering €13,000 ($18,300 USD), which has broken their finances and pushed them to the brink of bankruptcy.  Hans Schmidt has only a modest income through assisting those with disabilities to learn a trade at a vocational center. With the family unable to pay all 26 fines, the government has placed a lien on their home.

…For the Schmidts, however, the greatest battle involves the Jugendamt (Youth Welfare Office), which has demanded custody of their youngest son, Aaron. The Jugendamt was created in 1937 for the purpose of effecting the uniform educational and social formation of the youth of the Third Reich at the direction of Fuehrer Adolf Hitler. The Jugendamt has repeatedly attempted to seize custody of German children in homeschooling families, with the most infamous case being the abduction of 15-year-old Melissa Busekros in the Busekros affair. (see coverage here, here, and here).

“The Jugendamt are trying to take custody from the parents through the courts,” Thornton told LSN. Thus far, the Jugendamt has not attempted to seize Aaron by force as they had done in the Busekros affair.

According to IHRG, the Schmidts have made a good faith effort to prove to the authorities the effectiveness of their homeschooling – both sons were tested by school officials and proved their excellent academic and social competencies. Josua, 16, was awarded his high school diploma after scoring very high on the state exams, which are mandatory for graduation. Although Aaron also scored very high, German law makes him ineligible to receive his diploma until he is sixteen-years old, requiring him to continue compulsory school attendance in the state school system.

…Authorities have dealt increasingly with Germany’s estimated 300-500 homeschoolers in a draconian manner consistent with a statist regime, as parents face imprisonment, heavy fines, the state seizure of their children, or are forced to seek asylum for their convictions in neighboring countries. However, the recent flight of German homeschooling parents Uwe and Hannelore Romeike and their family, seeking asylum in the United States, has begun to pique the interest of German media, opening up a possibility that the plight of homeschoolers may gain more attention from politicians.

…Donnelly explained that the German state and the courts have viewed homeschooling as a “parallel society” in competition with the state. In the eyes of the state, they view, “If you control the kids, you control the culture.”

Homeschooling is probably the most liberty-loving thing that a person can do to resist the power of the state. Isn’t it amazing that the German state is willing to use the most fascistic methods possible in order to prevent parents from teaching their own children Christian values?

What effect does this have on the parents who are the most committed to raising their own children? The message being sent by the secular left state is: DO NOT MARRY. DO NOT HAVE CHILDREN. The incentives seem to be for people to get pregnant by accident and then hand the children to the state to raise.

Isn’t it amazing that so many single women who talk about wanting to marry and have children will vote for the very policies that discourage this? If men and women make decisions to focus on binge-drinking, hook-up sex and careers, how sincere are they about marriage and parenting?

It seems to me that there is a disconnect between means and ends. Marriage requires certain skills and attitudes to be cultivated over time, in order to be comfortable dealing with a demanding spouse and demanding children. Does focusing on selfishness and irresponsible sex promote healthy marriages?

Single women vote overwhelmingly for big government to raise taxes, allow no-fault divorce and create social programs like government-run day care. Women want autonomy from the consequences of their own decisions. Should women then expect men to marry when they will have no authority or respect in the home?