In 1995, Ireland finally legalized divorce. After decades of living under the crushing rule of the Catholic Church. Malta, a country arguably more Catholic than inside the Vatican itself, managed by a very slim margin to legalize divorce in 2011. Are you as shocked as I was? Having lived in Malta, I can assure you that the tiny island which has often served as the crossroads of the world, has a long tradition of earnestness when it comes to The Church. I happened to be there during the consecration of a new archbishop, and let me tell you, the entire island was on standby. I thought Jesus himself was scheduled to arrive.
Evangelicals, the cross-eyed cousins of the Christian world, have one of the highest rates of divorce in America. Go figure! What once was considered a mortal sin to break the marriage vows among their devout has now become normalized as just another day in the lives of a born again Christian. Seems like they've embraced the new hipster Jesus. Which also might partially explain why so many far right Christians had no problem with supporting Donald Trump, a true hedonist, even though he had been married thrice, divorced twice, had cheated on both former wives and had children by all three. Trump is only the second divorced president in American history. He has formally made divorce great again while yours, mine and ours has become the new Christian family model.
Normalization of divorce, remarriage, cheating and spawning of children by lots of different dads has made it rather challenging for the good old bad old Christians to hound and shame us hardened sinners. So, they have doubled down on the GREAT sin of homosexuality. After all, none of those dedicated followers of Jesus would ever be guilty of such a heinous sin. Of course not! They know that even hipster Jesus has his limitations.
When societies evolve, and they do, old archaic notions may eventually disappear with the dinosaurs, leaving those who perch themselves upon their high moral ground with a dilemma. How do they make the rest of us feel like shit so that they can continue to feel superior? Which cultural expectations can they insist upon imposing upon their followers before they'll give them entrance into their club and ultimately a spot at the big table in the great gated community on high.
Have We Been Screwed? Trading Freedom for Fairy Tales by Teresa Roberts