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Marriage Prevents Poverty

Posted by thelamp on November 22, 2006

The head of the federal Administration for Children and Families program has been under fire in the past couple of weeks because he’s been advocating abstinence for unmarried people between the ages of 19 and 29. Bible believers, however, should commend Wade Horn for putting marriage at the top of the Bush administration’s antipoverty agenda.

The White House is targeting unmarried adults up to age 29 as part of its abstinence-only programs, which include millions of dollars in federal money that will be available to the states under revised federal grant guidelines for 2007. Marriage is not just about acknowledging a commitment in a romantic relationship.

“Marriage is the foundation for building healthy families,” said Pastor Rod Parsley. “Healthy families are the cornerstone of American culture.”

Critics of the program contend that preaching abstinence to a segment of the population of which 90 percent is already physically intimate is illogical. Step back and think about it for a moment. Who goes out and buys furniture if they don’t have a place to live? Food without a refrigerator will spoil. Likewise, children born out of wedlock have no structure for the maintaining the shelter, nourishment and love they need to thrive.

Marriage is as much for the children as it is for the two adults who brought them into the world.  Statistics verify this.

Government data released last month revealed that 998,262 births in 2004 were to unmarried women 19-29, the ages with the most births to unmarried women.
Research by social scientist indicates that children raised by never-married mothers are seven times more likely to be poor when compared to children raised in intact married families. On average, marriage would reduce the odds that a mother and a child will live in poverty by more than 70 percent.

The White House abstinence programs are not just about curtailing fornication. They promote stability for America’s children.

Source:  www.centerformoralclarity.net

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