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The Goodness of Marriage

Dave64 Wrote: Feb 11, 2013 7:24 AM
Conservatives can't even get other Conservatives to enter into Covenant Marriages in the 3 states where they are available. Enacted as "THE solution" to divorce, they are OPTIONAL for couples to enter into, with even a reduced or eliminated marriage license fee. The "Free Market" has determined that Covenant Marriage is a massive legislative failure. It is like passing a tax cut to increase growth, and then seeing 10% higher layoffs. 0.1% of couples actually CHOOSE to enter into them. This is significant, because it shows that today Conservatives need LAWS to FORCE people into doing what they want. Given a CHOICE, people in the "Free Market" are staying away from Conservative iterations of Marriage.
Jane175 Wrote: Feb 11, 2013 7:27 AM
There was time when M O R A L behavior trumped politics. When divorce was not 'on demand", families stayed together AND WORKED IT OUT. The permissive nature of this country is what will eventually bury us in the dust heap of history.
Dave64 Wrote: Feb 11, 2013 8:05 AM
Conservatives speak out of both sides of their mouths. They whine about parents being able to decide the "best interests" of their children. Religion, vaccination, sex education, ect ect, should be decided by parents alone in the children's "BEST INTERESTS".

Now what if two parents decide it is in the "BEST INTERESTS" of their children that they should divorce? Oh but you say "divorce harms children". Yeah? So does not getting vaccinated. So does a whole host of things.

Parents are 100% free to raise their children as racists or Neo-Nazis, correct? They are free to raise them to be atheists or Satanists. But parents shouldn't divorce eh?

It all comes down to Conservatives feeling powerless to FORCE people to do what they want.

NOTE: This is the third column in a series of columns related to National Marriage Week, Feb. 7-14, 2013. The second column is available here.

G.K. Chesterton observed in The Superstition of Divorce that “reformers of marriage . . . do not know what it is, or what it is meant to be, or what its supporters suppose it to be . . . .” Marriage opponents, who today seek not to reform but rather redefine marriage, appear to suffer from the problem diagnosed by Chesterton almost a century ago.

In their heedless rush to establish the legitimacy of...