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March 19, 2013


St. Joseph’s Day desecration #2

Dear marriage equalitists (is that a word?): The author of this piece agrees with you.  But he’s also noticing how ideological social engineering has screwed up the very institiution you hope to equalize:

What we’re seeing here, and elsewhere, is a breakdown in the great Progressive project of the late 19th and early 20th centuries of elevating the lower classes into the middle class. That project involved changes in society and in social mores that encouraged behaviors giving children more stable home environments and better prospects for social improvement. All of that is fading now.

So why don’t people get married now, who would have gotten married in the past? In part, because they don’t have to. Single motherhood (or fatherhood) is no longer looked down upon as it once was. Shotgun weddings are largely a thing of the past. Welfare payments and other social assistance can (partially) replace a father in the house. (When you subsidize something, you get more of it—and we’re subsidizing unmarried mothers). And, for people of both sexes, but especially for men, marriage appears to be a much less attractive deal than it once was…

...The problem, though, is that the kids do worse. A government check isn’t a substitute for a father, and while plenty of single-mom kids do fine, most tend to do worse on measures ranging from educational attainment and future income to criminality. And the process feeds on itself: Women want “marriageable” men—those with good incomes and stable lifestyles—but the more single-parent households there are, the fewer men are likely to be “marriageable” in the next generation. Government programs like Head Start don’t make up the slack, because no institution can invest the amount of time and energy in a kid that his or her parents can.

What a silly idea that God chose Joseph to provide earthly protection, support and guidance for the Word made flesh.  Think of how much more fulfilling Mary’s life would have been had she been freed from partriarchy and parenting.  With the organizational prowess (and tax & spend power) of the Roman Empire right there, why ever would God be so…  so 50s?


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“With the organizational prowess (and tax & spend power) of the Roman Empire right there, why ever would God be so…  so 50s?”

I had a similar thought once. If only Caeser had had the presence of mind to claim that his taxes were being used for “social justice”, he could have guilted the Jews into submission, and there would have been no occasion for the wars against the Roman empire ca 70 AD and 130 AD.

[1] Posted by SpongJohn SquarePantheist on 3-19-2013 at 10:49 AM · [top]

Outbreaks of violence for which TEC has yet to apologize, we should note!

[2] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 3-19-2013 at 10:52 AM · [top]

I completely and totally disagree with this premise;

What we’re seeing here, and elsewhere, is a breakdown in the great Progressive project of the late 19th and early 20th centuries of elevating the lower classes into the middle class

Like every lie told by liberals and progressives this one is a lie too: In fact, the great liberal/progressive utopian ideal of “equal outcomes” has the effect of indeed making everyone equally miserable by plunging middle class and upper class members down into the depths of poverty origionally occupied only by the lower classes.

Liberalism and progressivism is about control; they don’t give a dang where everyone [except themselves] end up.

[3] Posted by Capt. Father Warren on 3-19-2013 at 11:45 AM · [top]

Basically, the further we get from God and the Bible, the more really stupid and gross self-destructive things we do in the name of “freedom”.

Freedom is being FREE because I know I am forgiven!  And I KNOW God loves me.  I am filled with His Holy Spirit, peace and joy.

Progressives would see this as pure slavery, because I am a “goody two-shoes (what does that mean anyways?)” - but I frankly don’t have any desire to do weird stuff…

[4] Posted by B. Hunter on 3-19-2013 at 04:59 PM · [top]

B. Hunter and then the legalism sets in from these self-proclaimed prophets of “freedom” - unless you do all the weird stuff, they do not approve of you and you can’t be a “good person” in their world!

For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.  (1 Peter 4:3-5 ESV)

[5] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 3-19-2013 at 05:59 PM · [top]

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