The Ruth Institute, the “think tank” associated with the National Organization for Marriage, held their annual “It Takes a Family to Raise a Village” conference for students last weekend. The College Fix, a conservative student news site, has a report on some of the weird claims being made there. Some of the framing being used was extraordinarily dishonest.
Ruth Institute founder Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse – a former economics professor at Yale and George Mason universities – said the conference, now in its fifth year, helps religiously serious students understand the importance of conservative values’ and traditional marriage’s roles in maintaining a free and healthy society…
“Many departments are hostile to the traditional family,” she said. “Even sociologists who have the data that shows the family is good are spinning and respinning.”
I think you’re the one spinning here. This entire frame that says people who are against sexual repression and anti-gay discrimination are against the family is simply absurd. Yes, families are good things. Families are wonderful things. I love my “traditional family.” How does it follow from this fact that we should therefore prevent gay couples from forming families and giving them legal recognition, which is the sole reason NOM and the Ruth Institute exist? They have used the word “family” to mean “anti-gay.”
Professor Regnerus, during one of his talks with students, pointed out the economics of casual sex, and essentially argued women have undersold themselves by embracing the hook-up, no-strings-attached campus sex culture.
“How much does sex cost? Literally nothing,” he said.
Meanwhile, women don’t have to marry to become successful in life, so many succumb to the notion that casual sex is acceptable, even though they prefer committed relationships, he said.
Underscoring that, sex has become “the opium of the masses,” that “we are lacking transcendence and sex is a transcendent act,” he said. Ultimately, casual sex is a disappointment, he added.
“Sex doesn’t explain the world, religion does,” he said. “Sex will come up short.”
Talk about apples and hand grenades. Sex doesn’t even attempt to explain the world. He might as well have said “tennis balls don’t teach us how to cook.” And no, religion does not explain the world. It attempts to do so, but has always failed miserably at the task. Science, on the other hand, does an excellent job of explaining the world.