To the editor:
To many, the 1960s was a period of glamour, economic change and government getting too involved with its citizens' freedoms. We had the Kennedys, suburbia and Johnson's "Great Society."
It was also a period of changes in the family. In 2009 the marriage rate was: 6.8 per 1,000 total population. And the divorce rate: 3.6 per 1,000 population. Whereas in 1960 marriage was 8.5 per 1,000 total population and divorce rate was 2.2 per 1,000. More people married in 1960 and less people divorced. What has 1960 until now brought us? Increase in non-married people living together, more out-of-wedlock babies, more abortions, two men or two women believing they are married, and the HIV epidemic.
In his article "The Evolution of Divorce," W. Bradford Wilcox points out:
"We also had an increase in divorce with its revolution of the 1960s and '70s.. The nearly universal introduction of no-fault divorce helped to open the floodgates, especially because these laws facilitated unilateral divorce and lent moral legitimacy to the dissolution of marriages. The sexual revolution, too, fueled the marital tumult of the times: Spouses found it easier in the Swinging Seventies to find extramarital partners, and came to have higher, and often unrealistic, expectations of their marital relationships. Increases in women's employment as well as feminist consciousness-raising also did their part to drive up the divorce rate, as wives felt freer in the late '60s and '70s to leave marriages that were abusive or that they found unsatisfying. "
And we in an increase of divorce experienced the onset of abortion.
The '60s were the age of youth, as 70 million children from the post-war baby boom became teenagers and young adults. The movement away from the conservative '50s continued and eventually resulted in revolutionary ways of thinking and real change in the cultural fabric of American life. No longer as content to be imaged of the generation ahead of them, young people wanted change. The changes affected education, values, lifestyles, laws, and entertainment. Many of the revolutionary ideas which began in the sixties and are continuing to evolve today. Also many of those running our country today are counted from the "Swinging Sixties"
More and more women in the 1960s were being educated at universities and more were beginning careers. Women's protest movements began in the 1960s asking for equal rights for women. And those equal rights have had abortion as part of those women's rights.
"Those rights added up from 292 abortions in the United States in 1960 to 1,212,350 in 2008" according to statistics from William Robert Johnston.
Has anyone asked the aborted if they had equal rights?
As Saint Paul states, "If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal." - 1 Corinthians 13:1-13. Love is the answer. Today's families lack love and many of those families are "clanging cymbals."
We in Pennsylvania and Mifflin-Juniata Counties are numbered among the lowest in divorce and abortion. Our families tend to stay together and these families believe "Sirac 2-1-16, How blessed is the husband of a really good wife; the number of his days will be doubled," and 16 "Like the sun rising over the mountains of the Lord, such is the beauty of a good wife in a well-run house"
In an article by Fr. James Farfaglia, "Why Is There A Famine Of Love And Family Life In Our Country?" he states: "Marriage is the intimate communion of life and love between a man and woman, joined together by God. This communion of life and love has been established by Our Lord. This intimate communion of life and love is exclusive, indissoluble, faithful and open to the procreation of children. Consent and consummation are the two essential dimensions that make a marriage valid."
There are five key words: man, woman, procreation, consent, consummation. Nowhere to be found are the words gay, man to man or woman to woman. The difference between the "five words" and "no words to be found" are "consent and consummation" In those words the perpetrators are in sin.
Pro-life starts with families. Husbands and wives and children, through the grace of God, make families. Jan. 19 will give you the opportunity to pray for families at the Mt. Hope Center so that families may be pro-life.
Citizens Concerned with
Human Life Mifflin Juniata, Inc.