If polyamory is a new term for you, here’s a definition: “engaging in loving, intimate relationships with more than one person — based upon the knowledge and consent of everyone involved.” Albert Mohler comments on Newsweek‘s recent report about the burgeoning polyamorous movement, and he concludes with this:
‘Perhaps the best way to understand this new movement is to understand it as a natural consequence of subverting marriage. We have largely normalized adultery, serialized marriage, separated marriage from reproduction and childbearing, and accepted divorce as a mechanism for liberation. Once this happens, boundary after boundary falls as sexual regulation virtually disappears among those defined as “consenting adults.”
‘The ultimate sign of our moral confusion becomes evident when virtually no one appears ready to condemn polyamory as immoral. The only arguments mustered against this new movement focus on matters of practicality. Polyamory is certainly not new, but this new movement is yet another reminder that virtually all the fences are now down when it comes to sex and sexual relationships.Â What comes next?’
Read the rest here.
An apt line from Mohler:
“We have largely normalized adultery, serialized marriage, separated marriage from reproduction and childbearing, and accepted divorce as a mechanism for liberation.”
Along with an apt line (or two) from the Douthat piece:
More than most Westerners, Americans believe â€” deeply, madly, truly â€” in the sanctity of marriage. But we also have some of the most liberal divorce laws in the developed world, and one of the highest divorce rates.
I think summed up with a stinging line from Douthat:
In other words, weâ€™re conservative right up until the moment that it costs us.
It causes many people’s words to simply be a farce. The age old do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do mentality kind of shines through. Sad. And scary, too.