Does anyone still consider divorce a bad thing? As a young Catholic, I was raised to believe that divorce was a sin and something hated by God. As an adult, I still believe this.
That's why it's troubling for me to see not only statistics that suggest 50 percent of all (first) marriages today will end in divorce, but also that the moral consequences of divorce have been so far dismissed that the most popular liberal news site would actually dedicate an entire section of website to navigating one's way through the sorted politics of divorce.
Has divorce become so commonplace that Arianna Huffington felt she had to meet an overwhelming demand with "Huffington Post Divorce"? How is marriage still considered a "sacred institution" when one of the site's top stories makes the case for "starter marriages" -- using one's first marriage as a practice run for subsequent marriages (which, coincidentally, have even higher divorce rates)?
Instead of addressing the sad fact that this "sacred institution" is now entered into (and out of) so flippantly nowadays and subsequently decaying our traditional family values and setting up future generations for failure, Arianna Huffington laments how she found it hard to be happy after being divorced:
Our goal is to produce a fast, fearless, highly interactive guide to the profound changes divorce brings to families, friendships, careers, and finances -- to say nothing of the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of those going through it. We'll bring you all the latest divorce news, plus fresh takes from our Divorce group bloggers.
The site's motto sums up this changing moral tide in America: "Marriage comes and goes, but divorce is forever." For the sake of all of us, I hope this new HuffPo site draws little traffic.