Who would have thought that the New York Times would publish an op-ed based on fact-based studies to essentially report that God is important to a healthy, high-quality marriage?
It’s true. In spite of the predominantly liberal spin that the Times is known for, and which in effect is leading Americans further away from truth and traditional values over time, a May editorial entitled “Religious Men Can Be Devoted Dads, Too” challenged modern left-wing views of secular marriage and family, using evidential data.
The opinion piece was composed collaboratively by W. Bradford Wilcox, professor of sociology at the University of Virginia; Jason S. Carroll, professor of marriage and family studies at Brigham Young University; and Laurie DeRose, adjunct lecturer in the sociology department at Georgetown University.
The authors reported one clear finding this way …
[I]t turns out that the happiest of all wives in America are religious conservatives, followed by their religious progressive counterparts. Fully 73 percent of wives who hold conservative gender values and attend religious services regularly with their husbands have high-quality marriages.
They also wrote that “women in highly religious relationships are about 50% more likely to report that they are strongly satisfied with their sexual relationship than their secular and less religious counterparts.”
The op-ed references a variety of studies, but a principal source of evidence helping frame their conclusions was a new report entitled, “The Ties That Bind: Is Faith a Global Force for Good or Ill in the Family?” That report, put out by the Institute for Family Studies and the Wheatley Institution, “looks at relationship quality for women in heterosexual relationships across 11 countries in the developed world, including the United States.”
The researchers wrote:
In listening to the happiest secular progressive wives and their religiously conservative counterparts, we noticed something they share in common: devoted family men. Both feminism and faith give family men a clear code: They are supposed to play a big role in their kids’ lives. Devoted dads are de rigueur in these two communities. And it shows: Both culturally progressive and religiously conservative fathers report high levels of paternal engagement.
Only about half of secular progressive married couples interviewed in the study characterized their marriage as “high-quality.”
But alas, a long procession of liberal “experts” on social media greeted the NYT op-ed with derision and bitterness.
“Can confirm what all the other Exvangelicals are saying,” tweeted one apparent non-believer called @Lunges_n_Lashes. “Self-reporting on this is not a reflection of reality. Conservative women are taught that being anything other than happy is a spiritual and moral failure.”
“You know absolutely about the repression of religious conservative women, huh? I would have reported that I was ‘so happy’ while I went back and forth planning my suicide. This is irresponsible reporting,” @RCruzyBee tweeted.
The hateful attacks on the church in response to the NYT report went on and on, causing one to wonder how true the conclusions could be with regard to even the lower progressive happiness data.
“I know Christians from having been in the evangelical church for 20 awful years of my life,” tweeted @LadyDembai. “Several different ones, different denominations. But all the same. Full of hate. Full of fear. Pretending everything is okay for fear that being ungrateful will make them lose everything.”
Of course, there were many tweets endorsing the findings, such as: “Yup, can confirm! A marriage centered around God with a foundation on His Word equals happiness..love it!” according to @chrissylou76.
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