Tag: Marriage

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Another Democrat Senator Questions Trump Nominee’s Religious Views

 

In confirmation hearings for Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo, Senator Corey Booker chided the Presbyterian Sunday School teacher for holding to the same view of same-sex marriage that most Americans held just a few years ago. Pompeo, you will be shocked to learn, is against it.

The senator went on to justify his marriage questions by alluding to the persecution of homosexuals in other countries. Here is a part of their exchange, according to The Federalist:

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On April 5, 1950, my parents began an incredible life together. They shared joy, struggle and most of all, love. They loved God, each other, their children and America. Through everything this world could throw at them, they held strong to each other. The most valuable things in life can’t be purchased; they can only […]

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Marriage and Love In high school my friend Josh and I once discussed marriage and love. Was true love even real? Do people marry other people for reasons of character or more material considerations? Was anyone even capable of keeping their virginity for marriage? He and I had different answers to these questions. Read More […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Fighting for Truth on Two Fronts

 

This is a story of fighting for truth. On two fronts: Providence College and Ireland.

When you have no argument, you do other things. You bully. You shout slogans. You attribute evil motives. You deflect attention from what is said. You do everything except address the actual point, which in Dominic’s case is whether marriage is what nature and God show it to be.

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Here is one of my very favorite sonnets, written by Edna St. Vincent Millay. I discovered this one in high school, and it made my teenager heart go all aflutter…even though I didn’t have any experience that could come close to the one referenced in the piece. But, as I have aged, fallen in love, […]

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Christianity and Eros: Essays on the Theme of Sexual Love, by Philip Sherrard, first published in 1976, is a modest attempt by an Orthodox theologian to begin to address the “sacramental potentiality of sexual love” from a Christian perspective, to correct what the author sees as several ways Christian thought has mis-stepped or erred over […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Are Women Prizes for Men to Win? “Cat Person” Says No

 

@henryracette ends a recent editorial with a plea to “re-establish the idea that women are, once again, prizes to be won by men.” I’m sure Henry means well by this, but women playing the role of men’s sexual prizes strikes me as part of the problem, not the solution, at least where women’s regrets about sex are concerned. Besides the fact that a man who believed he had “earned his prize” might be less inclined to take “no” for an answer, the short story “Cat Person” suggests that women seeing themselves as a sexual prize for men may be yet another prompt for women to “bestow” the “prize” of themselves unwisely, simply to gratify their own image of themselves as men’s “prize”.

Margot is the protagonist of “Cat Person.” Margot, a college student, flirts with Robert, an older man who’s no Master of the Universe. Robert’s not ripped, or powerful, or wealthy, just an ordinary Joe Margot met by chance, a Joe whom Margot knows little about, despite the two of them having struck up an elaborate texting correspondence. Robert, who says he has two cats, is a beguilingly witty texter. In person, though, Robert seems awkward, less than what Margot hoped from their texting. At times, Margot even seems to judge Robert as a loser, and yet she sleeps with him. Why? Chiefly, it seems, because she falls under the spell of her own vanity: she sees herself as Robert’s prize and falls in love with herself in that role.

In Banter’s sixth installment of the “Bridging the Dignity Divide” series, Chris Karpowitz and Jeremy Pope joined the show to discuss the results of the third annual American Family Survey, cosponsored by Deseret News and Brigham Young University. The survey covers a range of issues facing American families today, including economic challenges, cultural concerns, health care priorities, immigration, and addiction. Karpowitz and Pope are codirectors of the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy at BYU. They participated in the survey release event at AEI, hosted by AEI Senior Fellow Karlyn Bowman. The link below will take you to the full event video.

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This was written as a response to this article by Rod Dreher: http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/failsons-and-the-women-who-love-them Given that it turned into more of an essay (or a long rant) then a comment, I figured I’d post it here. Apologies in advance…actually no. No apologies.  Read More View Post

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Suzanne Venker has written great books on marriage, particularly the impact feminism has had on it (e.g. The Alpha Female’s Guide to Men and Marriage: How Love Works). In a recent column, she discusses the phenomena of women marrying down, and the perils that befall them (particularly when the kids come): http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/11/16/suzanne-venker-my-message-for-women-marrying-down-is-nothing-to-celebrate.html Read More View […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Bride of Christ

 

For years, I have been engaged in a debate on the relevance of these verses to modern teachings with a friend who is an ordained priest. Because my oral arguments skim the surface of my thinking, I wasn’t able to get down to the heart of what I was arguing, so I wrote this letter to him. He encouraged me to publish it, though not in this format! It is light in scholarly work, so I chose not to publish it through the church. However, it is an interesting idea and might be food for thought and discussion on this site. Enjoy!

Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Thoughts After Thirty-One Years

 

I have a friend who broke up his second marriage because he wasn’t satisfied. Within a month, he found someone new through his social circles. He was in love and they began living together. After two years, he gave up on this girlfriend because she wasn’t going to change.

Within a month, he found another woman on a dating site and was living with her. Once again, he was in love. At about two years, he would speak openly about their differences and their conflicts. But this time, he was determined to make it work.

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I suspect that @susanquinn’s very moving post about her upcoming solo journey to Israel may have inspired some of you to make your own trip to the Holy Land. If you are interested in traveling to Israel with a Middle East history teacher, I’d like to invite you to join the study tour that I […]

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I am not only taking a momentous trip abroad by myself, but there is an aloneness that will accompany it. I’m still processing that idea as my travel time approaches.

It’s not like I never travel alone. But when I was young, my international travel was with others. Since I’ve been married, I have traveled alone for week-long retreats. My husband and I have always traveled together, although I threatened to go to the U.K. without him, because he couldn’t make up his mind about going. But even then, I had family over there. And he decided to accompany me after all.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Fake Realism on Sex

 

The other day I read our own @rachellu’s review of the new book by Mark Regnerus, provocatively and moralistically called Cheap Sex. The review is a balm upon the heart, so go read it. The book itself is receiving more praise then I can catalog here — it’s science and it’s reassuring for conservatives. The facts are in and they’re what you’d expect: liberated America is a sexual marketplace, and that’s a wasteland.

I’ll skip the topographical survey of the wasteland. Writer and reviewer both agree with most among us that we’re long on problems and short on solutions; and most — but not all — our predictions are grim. We’re shamelessly theoretical about our catalogs of facts — no prudes we! And then we’re hopelessly impractical about doing anything about all this stuff we think we know. Am I the only one to find this hilarious, that we’re hard at work, most earnestly and morally, to prove that knowledge is a source of impotence? This is not to say anything against either author. They didn’t cause this mismatch between the power of our science and the impotence of our politics.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Mike Pence: A Man of Virtue

 

The word “virtue” has become besmirched by its inclusion in the term, “virtue signaling,” a term used to discredit one’s practice of virtue, when a critic doubts the virtuous person’s sincerity. In creating this term, however, I think it has made some of us skeptical (in these chaotic times) of any person’s sincerity and credibility as a notable and admirable human being.

That’s why I was glad to see Mollie Hemingway’s Federalist Daily Blog post on the results of a poll taken by the New York Times/Morning Consult poll that surveyed the public’s reactions to Mike Pence’s position not to dine alone or drink alone with women, other than his wife. I was delighted to learn that both men and women respected his decision, in spite of the outrage by the mainstream media. In an age where tradition is disparaged, I thought about all the ways that Mike Pence represented conventional beliefs and values, and how people sometimes disparage those who emulate honor, respect and virtue.

In this AEI Events PodcastWendy Wang and W. Bradford Wilcox presented their new report, “The millennial success sequence: Marriage, kids, and the ‘success sequence’ among young adults.” This joint report from AEI and the Institute for Family Studies investigates how the sequence of graduating from high school, working full time, and marrying before having children is linked to economic mobility and reduced poverty among millennials.

This podcast features the first of two panel discussions. In this discussion, experts discuss the importance of teaching young adults the benefits of creating stable, married households and having children inside marriage. Panelists include Ron Haskins (Brookings Institution), Annie Lowrey (The Atlantic), and Ian Rowe (Public Prep Network). The discussion is moderated by W. Bradford Wilcox (AEI).

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I came across this article in The Catholic Thing, a conservative Catholic online site, by Robert Royal. Mr. Royal had just participated at the Eleventh World Congress of Families in Budapest and he brought back some incredible insight. There is a split between parts of Europe and you can see it as a Liberal/Conservative split. We […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Winning – 40 Years of Marriage

 

Comedian Larry Miller closes each show with the following “If you walked out of bed today and had a job to go to and a home to come back to and someone there who cares about you, folks, the game is over and you’ve won.”

It is the truest statement I have ever heard. I’ve won. The winning started 40 years ago Sunday. On that day, May 7, 1977, I committed myself to Quilter, and she committed herself to me in marriage. We have been together ever since.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enjoy watching the Washington Post get called out for false reporting on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson by Matt Lee of the Associated Press. They also wonder what Mike Flynn has to say to congressional investigators based on reports Flynn wants immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony. And they unload on liberals for sneering at the boundaries Vice President Mike Pence and his wife have established to protect their marriage.