Archive for the ‘‘Family Values’’ Category

The Religion Of The Breeders

One might perhaps write the history of religion – and it might perhaps already have been done – in terms of the tension between breeders and non-breeders. In the right corner, ladies and gentlemen, those who can and want to breed and are successful in breeding, and who have therefore developed a religion that identifies […]

Posted on February 21, 2010 at 10:54 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · One Comment
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The Values Of What Family?

The essence of Protestantism being minute attention to the writings of St. Paul at the expense of the rest of the New Testament and the Tradition, it is somewhat strange that American preachers are so fond of the expression “family values”. It does not appear to mean anything connected with the Pauline admonition to remain […]

Posted on February 22, 2010 at 10:44 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · 4 Comments
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Family Planet

The strange Family designator is by no means confined to religious organisations. The strange Family designator is by no means confined to religious organisations. The American for “general practitioner” is “family physician”. I expect that Americans are so used to that term that they fail to notice how peculiar it really is. A British person […]

Posted on February 23, 2010 at 10:37 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · One Comment
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Back-Scratching Values

People expect to be praised for what they do for their families. It is, of course, better that they act well towards their families than act badly, but this is not really altruism but rather self-interest. Most families are mutual-support networks, and most mutual-support networks are families; of the other networks, most are structured as […]

Posted on February 24, 2010 at 11:45 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · 5 Comments
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Permission To Despise

Peace, liberty, justice, tolerance and compassion are all moral values. But when family-values conservatives talk about “Values”, it is never such things they mean. In the conservative idiolect, “values” appears to signal nothing but the intention to be extremely unpleasant to anyone not organising their sexual lives in the way the conservatives (pretend to) organise […]

Posted on February 25, 2010 at 09:35 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Damn Foreigners Don’t Have No Families Like Us

It is well-known that an elderly lady stood up at a John McCain rally and referred to Barack Obama as an “Arab”. McCain himself seized the mike and contradicted her; or rather, he described Obama as a “decent family man with whom he happened to disagree”. Kudos to the Republican candidate for resisting what was […]

Posted on February 26, 2010 at 10:07 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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No Families For Jews And Democrats

The “Family Values” code becomes easier to unpack after contemplating the recent “League of Polish Families,” which indulged in anti-Semitism and praised Franco. Apparently, then, Jews and Spanish democrats do not live in families, or else families are only to be protected when they are neither Jewish nor democratic. In the US, the “Family Values” […]

Posted on February 27, 2010 at 11:23 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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An Alliance Of Wannabe Alpha Males

Many strains of evangelical Christianity lay great emphasis on the doctrine that wives must submit to their husbands. Some of the teachers take care to counterbalance this with the doctrine, out of Ephesians, that the husband must sacrifice himself for his wife; others do not. We may contemplate the possibility that men whose natural inclination […]

Posted on February 28, 2010 at 11:00 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Tonsure And The Headscarf

The Mormons believe that your family group stays with you for eternity. All members of a family must then be saved or damned together, which suggests either a peculiar coordination of spiritual states, or else that everyone rides the patriarch’s coattails to heaven or hell, whichever he deserves. God cannot, therefore, be regarding the other […]

Posted on March 1, 2010 at 08:48 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Answer Is Forty-Two

Question: Why don’t American fundamentalists go the whole hog and burn sexually active women at the stake, on prime-time television? Answer: Because, as the clothing of the women burned away, their breasts would be briefly exposed – that is, before being consumed by the flames – the indecency causing immense spiritual harm to the children […]

Posted on March 2, 2010 at 10:54 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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