"Today, the institution of marriage is under attack," Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said a few months ago when he promised to haul the Marriage Protection Amendment -- which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman -- out of cold storage and up for a vote in early June.
"The danger this betokens for family life and a general condition of social justice and ordered liberty is hard to overestimate," stated a letter sent last week urging Congress to approve the amendment. It was signed by "the Religious Coalition of America," an impressive list of 50 religious leaders, including Rick Warren, James Dobson, Charles Blake and Eugene Rivers, and all eight U.S. Catholic cardinals.
Frist and the "Coalition" are right about one thing. The institution of marriage is under attack, but not by homosexuals.
The percentage of men and women who get married every year is as low as it has ever been in this country.
More than half of all African-American children are living in single-parent homes. Fifty years ago, that figure was 22 percent.
One in five white children are living in single-parent homes. That figure has tripled in the past 50 years.
One in three children in America are born to unwed mothers!
In Memphis, three in five children are born out of wedlock!
I'm not a fan of exclamation points, but the previous two sentences should shock us all.
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