Tuesday, February 23, 2010
COVENANT MARRIAGE-Legal in 3 States-A New Assault on Democracy?
Who says there is separation between Church and State in these United States? The U.S. Constitution provides for this separation. Why isn't it happening?
How about COVENANT MARRIAGE, now part of the State Law in Louisiana, Arkansas and Arizona with a 4th on the way--Kansas. COVENANT MARRIAGE has been brought to these States by evangelical lobbyists to commemorate the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman. The politicians bought it and now there is Law in these States to forward COVENANT MARRIAGE.
COVENANT MARRIAGE is an option to traditional marriage. When a couple applies for a marriage license, they are given the choice between 'the covenant' and the 'traditional' marriage. The COVENANT marriage disallows divorce except when adultery, abandonment, abuse or a lengthy separation can be proven in a court of law. With traditional marriage a couple can divorce for almost any reason such as 'irreconcilable difference' that need no specifics in a petition for divorce.
When a couple chooses COVENANT MARRIAGE the intent is that the couple will remain 'married' 'til death do them part', thereby protecting the sanctity of 'marriage'.
What the proponents of COVENANT MARRIAGE are ignorant of or stupid about is that COVENANT MARRIAGE is a derivative of the Communist Manifesto. In a pure Communist State, marriage is a life commitment with little chance of getting out of it, according to Communist Law. So at a time when these tea bag conservatives or religious fundamentalists, however one wants to label them, is so concerned about what they contrive as 'socialism' in our government, why would this group care to move forward with a communist doctrine?
Still and all, there are some questions about COVENANT MARRIAGE that need to be addressed.
Why does COVENANT MARRIAGE need to be law at all?
In fact, why is legal marriage of any kind necessary?
Almost all government 'Law' is promulgated as a means of Social Control. In a civilized society most would agree laws are necessary.
Religious doctrine or Law is also a means of social control within respective religions. Most religious organizations carry their specific rules of marriage and divorce as they interpret the writings in their 'holy books'.
The COVENANT MARRIAGE laws in effect in Louisiana, Arkansas and Arizona are based on fundamentalist Christian doctrine. So, we might begin to experience other optional marriage-law relative to Islam, Hindu and any other religion who would want some kind of 'equal protection' under the U.S. Constitution, and have those optional 'covenants' read to all couples seeking a marriage license. We could carry this thought further, but the chaos in the U.S. Courts could become enormous when the 'happy couples' decide they don't want to be married anymore and the courts would need to struggle through different covenant marriage laws.
The idea that 50% of all marriages will end in divorce in The U.S. is basically accurate. But lets consider what The Bureau of Census and other statistic keeping public agencies tell us.
The divorce rate for Evangelical Christians was significantly higher than all other groups counted at 34%. Baptists were at 29%. Mainline Protestants (non-evangelicals) registered 25%, and Atheists and Agnostics divorced in 21% of their marriages. The South and particularly the 'Bible Belt' registered the highest national divorce rates while the Northeastern and coastal Western States registered the lowest rates.
Over all, according to the U.S. Census Bureau 41% of first marriages end in divorce. 60% of second marriages and 73% of third marriages also end in divorce.
We're not sure what the evangelicals want to accomplish by intermingling religious doctrine with secular law. But 3 States have it and it looks like a 4th is on the way to it.
We think COVENANT MARRIAGE is a bad idea in State's Law. What do you think?