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Here’s a great example of a senior British Judge talking common sense and I applaud his sentiments;

Britons have an addiction to divorce fuelled by a ‘Hello! magazine’ attitude to marriage, a top judge has warned. Sir Paul Coleridge said family breakdown was ‘one of the most destructive scourges of our time’.

Citing growing evidence of harm to a generation of children, he said youngsters whose parents separated saw their educational achievements and job prospects damaged. In a highly unusual move for a serving judge, Sir Paul will tomorrow launch a campaign – backed by senior legal figures and Church leaders – to promote marriage.

There was ‘incontrovertible’ proof that married couples were more likely to stay together, he said.Sir Paul, one of the most senior family court judges, voiced particular concern over what he called the ‘Hello! magazine, Hollywood image’ of marriage, saying: ‘The more we have spent on weddings, the greater the rate of family breakdown.’ And he also warned that a trend for older couples to split once children leave home was having an ‘extremely emotionally disturbing’ impact on families.

It’s my view that the break up and divorce rate of HETEROSEXUAL marriage is a much bigger issue than worrying about the small and  oxymoronic “gay marriage” issue and Sir Paul hits the nail on the head. Those who enter marriage should do so for life. It should be a commitment that lasts through good and bad. It should be forever. But sadly for many it is not. Many of the celebrity role models marry and divorce on a regular basis, fidelity is optional, and in the words of the song “Forever doesn’t mean forever anymore”. Yes, I DO know that some marriages are ill-fated and in cases of serious abuse parting is necessary. But the issue for these times is that many marriages fail. And most people don’t even bother getting married. Yet marriage is the bedrock of a stable society. So I favour the promotion of marriage but on the basis that it is a lifelong commitment.

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2 thoughts on “THE WISDOM OF COLERIDGE

  1. It’s my view that the break up and divorce rate of HETEROSEXUAL marriage is a much bigger issue than worrying about the small and oxymoronic “gay marriage” issue and Sir Paul hits the nail on the head.

    You are correct. However I suspect that someone comparing the number of times that you have blogged about gay marriage versus the number of times you have blogged about divorce would come to a different conclusion.

  2. I think trying to assist people in understanding that marriage should be undertaken as a serious commitment is a good idea. Swimming against the tide, but still a good idea.

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