Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Gloating Is Not a Virtue

I have seen this sort of thing before, but celebrating because a gay couple is getting a divorce is gloating, and it's ugly. It's also childish, cruel and proves nothing at all about gay marriage.

50% of all marriages end in divorce. (these statistics only include straight marriages)

Straights get divorced all the time. We don't claim that straight people don't take marriage seriously, that straight people make a mockery of marriage, or that straight people shouldn't get married.

Christians get divorced all the time. In fact, Divorce rates among conservative Christians were significantly higher than for other faith groups, and much higher than Atheists and Agnostics experience. We don't claim that christians people don't take marriage seriously, that christian people make a mockery of marriage, or that christian people shouldn't get married.

Look, I will say this once: Gays are people, too. People, human beings, hurt when a relationship ends. To delight in the pain of another doesn't make you the better person.

Edit at 12:24 EST:

Denomination (in order of decreasing divorce rate)
% who have been divorced

Non-denominational **


Mainline Protestants




** Barna uses the term "non-denominational" to refer to Evangelical Christian congregations that are not affiliated with a specific denomination. The vast majority are fundamentalist in their theological beliefs.

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