Headlines on the front page of the Sacramento Bee, “Call me Dad, not just sperm donor”.
Lost Boys’ actor Jason Patric wants to change state law to allow sperm donors, in certain situations, to become legal parents and share custody of children born from their sperm. His former girl friend argues that the law protects her as the child’s only legal parent because she never married Patric and used a medical procedure to conceive.
I agree with Caitlan Flanagan’s Time magazine essay when she writes, “No other single force is causing as much measurable hardship in this country as the collapse of marriage.” Movies, television, books and magazines glorify relationship hopping. The subtitle to Flanagan’s essay is: “Buffeted by affairs and ennui”, the intact, two parent family is under assault. What America needs to get over its commitment issues (Hint, it isn’t love)” We righteously deny same sex couples the right to marry, while heterosexual couples carelessly spurn that right. Same sex couples who have been together for years and may be raising children cherish and celebrate that right. We can learn from them. I hope they never lose their joy in making life-long commitments to each other.
The Western Civilization has plummeted into a time of decadence never seen before. Pornography has become a multi-million dollar industry and is not confined to dark store fronts or lavish showcases. It has entered the American home and rattled the stability of American marriage and family. Our children become casualties.
Decadence has always led to the collapse of civilizations. Read Arnold Toynbee’s “A Study of History”. Commitment to marriage and family can go a long way toward preventing misery caused by the collapse of marriage. Children, especially, depend on it.