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Jesus Christ February 12, 2014 at 10:30 am
Through most of human history and in most cultures the most widely accepted tradition of marriageRead More has been polygamy -- one man and multiple women. We're not just talking about exotic island cultures or lost tribes in the African jungle. Polygamy is the family form most often mentioned in the first five books of the Old Testament. For the first 16 centuries of its existence, the Catholic Church held that marriage was inherently tainted by what Pope Gregory the Great deemed the degrading "carnal pleasure" that took place under its auspices. The church decided that a man and woman were married if they had exchanged "words of consent," even if they had done so out by the haystack, without any witnesses or involvement by a priest. Not until 1215 did the Catholic Church make marriage a sacrament, and not until 1563 did it begin to enforce rules mandating that certain ceremonies had to be performed to make a marriage legitimate. Sixteenth-century Protestant reformers had a much more positive marriage a sacrament, and not until 1563 did it begin to enforce rules mandating that certain ceremonies had to be performed to make a marriage attitude toward the blessedness of marriage than Catholics.
Jesus Christ February 12, 2014 at 10:30 am
But Protestant clerics were stricter than Catholics in enforcing the tradition that marriage shouldRead More be governed by considerations of patriarchal authority and property rather than free choice based on love. In many Protestant regions, authorities forbade impoverished individuals from marrying at all. And Protestant officials often stepped in to dissolve marriages that had been made without parental consent, even if both parties were adult and children had already been born to their union. Most of the "traditions" we associate with marriage are in fact comparatively new. It was only two centuries ago that people began to marry for love rather than for mercenary or practical considerations. Only 130 years ago did men start to lose their legal right to physically beat or imprison their wives. And only in the past 40 years have we established the principle that within a marriage wives and husbands have equal rights in decision-making. Not until 1979 did the last American state finally repeal its "Head and Master" law, which had given husbands the final say over many aspects of family life. Not until 1993 did marital rape become a crime in every state, overturning the millennia-old tradition that a wife was obligated to have sex with her husband whenever he demanded it.
Jesus Christ February 12, 2014 at 10:31 am
Trying to revert to antiquated and unfair traditions is not the answer. We need to figure out how toRead More build on the opportunities and minimize the risks associated with the ongoing modernization of marriage. It helps no one to wage futile culture wars to return to a tradition that wasn't half as clear-cut or advantageous as many people believe.
Penny May 18, 2013 at 05:37 am
Just go online to those gifts purchase http://pinterest.com/birthdaygift01/ that are on the rise onRead More the internet. The Rose Soap Flowers is just one of many beautiful gifts to own and give available.
Keith O. May 17, 2013 at 07:25 pm
Jimmy and Mike B, you are, of course, dead wrong about the military having severe restrictions onRead More tattoos. Army and Navy regs allow them anywhere except the head, face, neck or scalp. You can have hand-sized tattoos on the exposed part of your arms while in uniform. Air Force regs simply state you cannot have excessive tattoos that cover more than 25% of any body part. Hardly severe restrictions. You two should go together and get matching tats on your foreheads that say MT (for Military Time, or something like that).
Captain Midnight May 18, 2013 at 04:01 am
Did you bother to read the title of the article that fostered this chain of comments? TheRead More discussion is about tattoos, not politics. Is that too difficult for your level of comprehension? Are tattoos not a personal and/or social issue? Back to your toys and video games. Let the adults carry on the conversation without your irrelevant interjections.
mike savick May 18, 2013 at 04:14 am
CW. listen sonny, you arrogant little pissant, without the accomplishments of previous generationsRead More and baby boomers (this incudes the scientists, R& D types, and hardworking taxpayers who supported the efforts with their services and their taxes) you would be still using WWI technology and not mouthing off on the internet if you survived childhood diseases,
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