An unworthy Deacon, named for the brother of God: James, striving to "work out his salvation with fear and trembling" within the Tradition (paradosis) of the Eastern Orthodox Faith. It is a strange and marvelous journey, and I am accompanied by the fourfold fruit of my fecundity. My wife, the Matushka or Diaconissa Sophia, is my beloved partner in the pursuit of Theosis, and she ranks me in every way.
The author even attempts to use the data of the survey as an opportunity to show how Bush is failing. And how future political attempts at using "family values" will also fail.
This bit is brilliant: "The only question is whether it is catastrophic or just evolutionary." Oh yes, evolution has never been catastrophic has it? And then he adds, "So over time, we're moving towards a much more individualistic society." And this is good or this is bad?
So, "rural communities...bastions of traditionalism"? So be it.
They will break upon this fortress like water on rock. Saruman's hoards will pillage and burn, we've seen it before. Crops can be re-sown... homes, rebuilt. Within these walls, we will out last them...Look at my men. Their courage hangs by a thread. If this is to be our end, then I would have them make such an end as to be worthy of remembrance.
One should never miss an opportunity to quote Theoden.
...offered by Dn. James Ferrenberg, a sinner at 11:13 AM [+] +++
The mainstream media has been running this idea for a decade at least. What they never mention is the number of households that consist of:
a. couples who are effectively married, but avoiding the legal status
b. singles who would love to be married, and probably will be, as well as the spinsters and hopeless cases who cannot, for a variety of reasons.
c. Widows and widowers (i.e. people who were once married)
For all the above, traditional values are doing pretty well, even if marriage evades them. What else is there: gay unions, multi-partner marriages, people live singly and are somehow "anti-marriage"? These groups must make up about 2-5% of households. The whole argument is preposterous.
The only change is that pre-married singles used to live with their parents, now they live in separate households. Big whoopin deal.