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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Jennifer's Ill-Conceived Comments on Motherhood (sans Dad)…

Last week, while promoting her upcoming movie, “Switch,” Jennifer Aniston made some questionable remarks on the necessity of fathers in today's changing world.  She stated that, unlike previous generations, women now don't have to "fidle" or "settle with a man to have a child."

The comments gained national attention when Fox’s Bill O’Reilly blasted the Hollywood actress on his show.

And, earlier this week, Aniston had to clarify her comments.

Taking the prudency of her remarks aside, Aniston's point makes clear an underlined and growing confusion in society, mostly generated by celebrities and trend-setters, that is disintegrating the traditional understanding of "family."  Consider what she went on to say:

“The point of the movie is: what is that which defines family? It isn’t necessarily the traditional mother, father, two children and a dog named Spot.  Love is love and family is what is around you and who is in your immediate sphere. That is what I love about this movie. It is saying it is not the traditional sort of stereotype of what we have been taught as a society of what family is.”

Unfortunately, although still a minority in the heartland of America, Aniston is not alone in this redefinition of family.  Tinseltown is leading the way. 

Just this past April, another Jennifer (Lopez) starred in "The Back-up Plan," a similar story about a woman that can't find the right man but wants to have a baby anyway and goes to a sperm bank to get artificially inseminated.  In a typical Hollywood fashion, she ends up meeting Mr. Right, after finding out she's pregnant.

So, is there anything wrong with this picture?

A non-Christian friend of mine, who believes in the same God of Abraham, recently asked me, "What is wrong with humanity using the technology that God gave us (i.e. artificial insemination)?"

Well, the moral answer to that question is not easy, but as most monotheists would acknowledge, there but One Creator, who as such is solely responsible for determining when life begins and when it ends. Moreover, that One Creator chose to create life through the relationship between a man and a woman. 

Going back to Aniston's assessment, if men (fathers) are taken out of the equation and not needed to conceive a child, then they are not needed to raise them. And, if the family is no longer a man, woman and child, then it can be anything WE decide it to be (whether it agrees with God's plan or not).

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