Ackkkk! Blech! Gag!
I’m sure the Conservative and Orthodox branches of Judaism are glad to be shut of these two. And for that matter, lapsed Catholic Lindsay Lohan’s ancestors must be rolling over in their graves. To all my traditional and conservative Catholic friends I say ‘keep pruning the branches’. A smaller, healthier tree will always bear more fruit than a sprawling, misshapen one that is filled with dead wood and galls.
Every time the popular media prints an article or airs a news clip on celebrity matches and marriages (I did not say “traditional” celebrity marriages, ’cause those are just too few and far between) it is another subtle nail in the coffin of Judeo-Christian values and family life. I fear that, worn down by an endless stream of positive media coverage, even the most traditional believer may one day say, “we just don’t have the support to fight against the loss of traditional marriage” or even worse, “what’s the big deal, everyone’s doing it”. Sigh.
If you’re tempted to get pissy with me about judgmentalism and loving acceptance, I would point out that God didn’t require his followers to be pious doormats. He endowed men and women with a sense of righteousness and free will. You can use that free will to depart from the faith or you can use it to return chastened, corrected and with an open heart that desires to follow God’s eternal Truth, not the truths of contemporary life. Are you married, churchgoing and/or traditional? Don’t just wave the flag of righteousness. You get to use your free will to speak up for family values and pray in love for the enlightenment and repentance of those who exercised that same free will to their own spiritual downfall.