A Couple of What?

These days, the media tend to call just about any permutation of human beings with some sort of relationship a couple.
by Jim Fair | Source: Catholic.net
Political correctness in the form of inappropriate tolerance can sneak into media reports when we least expect it, when our guard is down.

I was listening to the news on the radio this morning. I was tuned to a “conservative” talk station, the sort of place were you would expect a fairly straightforward approach to everyday news events like murders, fires and celebrity divorces.

But something caught me ear as being a bit off the mark. The story was about a famous local athlete and his custody fight over hit two-year-old child. The athlete and the child’s mother have been arguing over financial support, visitation rights and various other parental responsibilities since the child was born. The conflict has been widely reported in local papers.

The famous athlete and the mother are not married, not have they ever been. If two percent of what the media has reported is true, they clearly don’t like each other. But they obviously took at least a physical interest in each other on at least one occasion; the “relationship” apparently was fleeting.

I admit there are some positive aspects of this. Both the father and mother want to be part of the child’s life. The child didn’t become an abortion statistic.
But the news report this morning bothered me because it referred to the father and mother as a couple. They are not.

These days, the media tend to call just about any permutation of human beings with some sort of relationship a couple. Two people living together are called a couple. Two people who sleep together from time-to-time are called a couple. Two people of the same gender are called a couple. None of these are couples; they are people engaged in mortal sin.

OK...I’ve now identified myself as hopelessly old-fashioned and politically incorrect. But a couple is something special. A couple consists of a man and a woman who get married and make all the sacrifices necessary to support each other and the children they bring into the world – with the help of God.

I know. My wife and I are a couple – and it is hard work and takes faith and the grace of God to succeed.

The media, trying to be tolerant and avoid anything that hints of judgment, now treats births out of wedlock as something undeserving of any shame or remorse. But in doing so, the media put a blessing on sin and excuse behavior that has been seen as wrong since the beginning of time.


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