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“They Got a Name for Guys Like That”

April 29, 2011


IN THE the 1931 movie “Bad Girl,” a husband reacts to his wife’s suggestion that she get a job so they can have an apartment of their own. He explodes in anger (go to minute 09:09). “My idea of a husband is a guy that looks after a wife and takes care of her… If I can’t do that, I won’t be a husband.”

Also, here’s research that shows that a wife’s employment has negative effects on men, more so than on women. According to the abstract: “Husbands of working wives felt less adequate as family breadwinners than did husbands of housewives, and this appeared to account for their lower levels of job and life satisfaction. Findings suggest that the occupational domain is particularly important to understanding the negative relations between wives’ employment and husbands’ job and life satisfaction.”


The Royal Wedding

April 29, 2011


Queen Elizabeth and Prince Albert on their wedding day

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip on their wedding day

A ROYAL WEDDING is an entirely different affair in the age of the Internet, with even relatively intimate moments, such as when the bride is adjusting her gown in the car, brought to the entire world. If you are one of the small handful of people on the planet who has not watched snippets of the wedding, you can view them on the Royal Channel here

Kate Middleton was an elegant bride with beautiful warmth though the appearance of virginal purity is theater and nothing more. The Telegraph shows a selection of gowns of the past if you would like some perspective on her dress. The ceremony itself was reverent and restrained, with the traditional reminder that the first purpose of marriage is “the increase of mankind.” The Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, made no appeals for social justice in his sermon. He focused on the Christian meaning of marriage, with a bit of twenty-first century psychologizing thrown in for good measure. He said:

As the reality of God has faded from so many lives in the West, there has been a corresponding inflation of expectations that personal relations alone will supply meaning and happiness in life. This is to load our partner with too great a burden. We are all incomplete: we all need the love which is secure, rather than oppressive, we need mutual forgiveness, to thrive.

The bishop’s statement that “every wedding is a royal wedding with the bride and the groom as king and queen of creation” is precisely to the point. That’s why royal weddings are important. Virtually anyone can partake of this same ritual and participate in this same exalted institution. Contrary to being a purely aristocratic event, the royal wedding is a highly democratic event too.


Tornadoes in Alabama

April 29, 2011


THE TORNADOES that touched down in the Southeast on Wednesday and Thursday were among the deadliest in U.S. history. The winds are believed to have exceeded 300 miles an hour. Among those killed was Tom Lee, a father of 13 children in Alabama. A tornado hit a community of Christian homeschooling families. The home of Kelly Crawford, of Generation Cedar, was destroyed while 25 children and several adults huddled in the basement.

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