Samina Massood’s column “The strange state of monogamy” (Oct. 7 Tracy Press) is a little off the mark.
She stated that sociologists have said that monogamy was a man-made institution, yet in Genesis 2:24, the Bible said that man would leave his family and cleave to his wife. The Bible was God-inspired and written down by men to share his word.
The selection of multiple wives from those days was man’s (humankind’s) real nature. In multiple stories in the Bible of those taking more than one wife, they had strife in their lives, showing that they did not choose wisely.
When we are given free will to make our own decisions, we tend to make wrong choices. When we are given rules, it makes life among other people a whole lot easier. If we didn’t have stop signs on the road, crashing and even death is the harsh alternative. There have to be some lines drawn to keep us on the straight-and-narrow path to success.
She is right when she said that Republicans have some problems in their marriages, too. Unless you’re a robot, you notice other people that catch your eye, no matter how long you’ve been married. But to insinuate that Republicans are all hypocritical, and that we have all strayed in their marriages as conservatives, is akin to saying that all liberals stray.
Yes, there is infidelity in all levels and walks or life (conservative and liberal), but monogamy is much stronger. It takes work to make a marriage thrive, but it takes more work to find another relationship. When you have one that is tending to run a little dry, you have to water it and watch it grow again. When you know your spouse and all their curves, it’s much easier to drive along the path to peace.
Contrary to Massood’s commentary, Republicans aren’t trying to shove religion down people’s throats. We do not claim to be supreme. We are just trying to keep some order in our world, to keep it from sliding further into decay.
Just because someone tells you the world is flat doesn’t mean it is. If somebody tells me I have to vote a certain way or I must be “phobic” about something doesn’t make me afraid. We all have a right to have our own opinions.