Ethics & Religion
A Column by Michael J. McManus
 

Home
Page

For Current Column
See the Home Page

 

About the
Columnist

 

Search this
Site...

 

Column Archives
List of all columns 
2021
2020

2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012

2011

2010

2009
2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

For 2003 and earlier
only the title is listed.
Use the Search Function
to find the article.

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

1998

 

About The
Columnist

 

Email
Comments
to Mike

READ OUR CURRENT COLUMN:

 

November 24, 2021: Column 2102: America Needs Gun Control Laws


To: Interested Readers

From:  Mike McManus

 

This column is written in the middle of a paradox. America is the most religious modern nation, with 64% saying they are members of a congregation and 43% attending in any week, according to Gallup. Yet the U.S. is also the least ethical nation, with the world's highest divorce rate, highest teen pregnancy rate, highest murder rate. My goal in writing Ethics & Religion is to provide a weekly answer, suggesting how Americans can take their faith, and use it to raise the ethical standards in their families, churches and communities.

 

For example, I have written a number of columns outlining what some churches are doing to prepare couples for a lifelong marriage, to enrich existing ones or save troubled marriages. One column described a "Marriage 911" course taken by a spouse whose mate wants a divorce - that often wins the errant spouse back. Another reported that children of same-sex couples fare poorly academically and emotionally. "We are all Catholics now," said former Gov. Mike Huckabee after the Obama Administration announced plans to force even Catholic hospitals and universities to offer free birth control, sterilization and abortion drugs.

 

A Father's Day column reported that thousands of children are saddened to learn they have an anonymous sperm donor father. "Why is America's divorce rate highest in the world?" I asked and suggested answers. I proposed that TIME, NBC and PBS could cooperate to give citizens options on how to cut the deficit, and a way to "ballot" on them. I also report and comment on denominational news, such as the Southern Baptists electing their first black president, and a "Pastoral Letter on Marriage" by Catholic bishops.

 

Another theme is cohabitation, the worst possible marriage preparation. However, one column outlined a better way to test the relationship by taking a premarital inventory in which couples react to 156 statements such as: "Sometimes I wish my partner were more careful about spending money…When we are having a problem, my partner often refuses to talk about it." If the couple meets with an older couple in a healthy marriage to discuss these issues, 20% decide not to marry. But of those who married in one church after meeting with mentors, only 7% divorced in two decades.

 

Ethics & Religion is timely. A column on Chick-fil-A was written the day millions showed up to express appreciation for its owner's support of traditional marriage. E&R is tough. I called for "tougher gun laws" that would ban sales of assault weapons, sparking more negative than positive reactions. E&R is always constructive, such as a column on a DVD series, "Choosing Wisely Before You Divorce," which saves many marriages.

 

Hope is the subliminal message of Ethics & Religion. I write about America most difficult moral issues, but for more than three decades I have always offered credible proposed solutions.

 

Michael J. McManus
syndicated columnist
"Ethics & Religion"

 

  Since 1981...
2000+ Columns
  LATEST ARTICLE
  November 24, 2021: Column 2102: America Needs Gun Control Laws
  Recent Columns
  World Leaders Agree on Climate Change
  The New Infrastructure Law
  Do Casinos Deserve Support
  Catholic Priest Celibacy Should Be Optional
  Blacks Must Consider Marriage
  Is Prayer Effective
  United Methodist Church Is Splitting
  How To Pay for Biden's Initiatives
  Newspapers Are Vanishing
  Texas Abortion Law - A Disaster
  U.S. Is Wise to Leave Afghanistan
  How To Mandate COVID-19 Vaccinations
  Leaving Afghanistan Is Devastating
  How To Increase Vaccinations
  The Need to End Catholic Priest Celibacy
  Build More Wind Farms
  More Lessons For Life
  Lessons For Life
  The Rich Should Pay More Tax
  Rebuilding Marriage in America
  40th Anniversary of My Column
  Richmond Columnist Wins Pulitzer Prize
  55 Corporations Pay No Tax
  How To Reduce Drunk Driving Deaths
  The Value of Couples Praying Together
  New Anti-Black Discrimination
  Reaching Age 80
  Do Not Leave Afghanistan
  Stop Executions for Murder
  A Case for Pro-Life
  End The Death Penalty?
  Christian Choices Matter
  The Biblical Sexual Standard
  The Addictive Nature of Pornography
  Abortion Becoming Illegal
  Protecting Girls from Suicide
  The Worst Valentine: Cohabitation
  Pornography: A Public Health Hazard
  Sextortion Kills Teens
  Cohabitation: A Risky Business
  Recent Searches
  gun control, euthanasia, cohabitation, sexting, sextortion, alcoholism, prayer, guns, same sex marriage, abortion, depression, islam, divorce, polygamy, religious liberty, health care, pornography, teen sex, abortion and infanticide, Roe+v+Wade, supreme court, marriage, movies, violence, celibacy, living+together, cohabitation, ethics+and+religion, pornography, adultery, divorce, saving+marriages
©2021 Michael J. McManus syndicated columnist
Ethics & Religion at http://www.ethicsandreligion.com
Site Sponsored by enktesis.com