Sister Wives celebrity faces investigation

The Utah police recently launched a bigamy investigation into a polygamous family that is starring in a reality TV show. The show, Sister Wives, premiered Sept. 26 on TLC. It depicts the lives of 41-year-old advertising salesman Kody Brown, his three wives, 13 children and three stepchildren. Brown is legally married to one woman but calls two others his “wives” in a spiritual sense. In the plot of the show, he is also courting another woman, Robin, a 30-year-old divorced mother of three, who has the possibility of becoming his fourth wife. According to The Washington Post, “God has revealed to Kody that he should ask Robin to wed him and join the family.” As one could imagine, conflict ensues between the three wives as the show develops. I can understand how Brown and the people at TLC thought this lifestyle would make an interesting television show, but a show that praises polygamy and portrays it in a positive light is degrading the moral values of society. A person cannot marry someone else while they are already married. Not only is it unethical; it’s a crime. Bigamy is a third-degree felony in Utah. Anyone found guilty can serve up to five years in prison. Under the law, bigamy does not only constitute legal marriage contracts but also cohabitation. Marriage is a sacred relationship meant for one man and one woman. Not only does the Bible portray it as a union of two people to become one flesh, but it’s just common sense. On the opposite end of the spectrum, while this man wants to have multiple wives, the number of people who are married has actually dropped in the rest of the country. In 2009, just 52 percent of adults 18 and over said they were married, as opposed to 57 percent in 2000. These issues can both be attributed to the current lack of respect and understanding for the institution of marriage in the U.S. Marriage is a relationship unlike any other on earth. It is a life-long commitment to love, honor and cherish the other person, not just put up with them. Over the years, the divorce rate has risen higher and higher. Many people who get divorced were either not ready to get married or do not understand the covenant they made with their partner. It truly means “for better or worse.” A marriage is about what you can give to the other person, not what you can take from them. In our society today, many people need to relearn the importance and value of marriage instead of abusing this sacred covenant. Marriage is a relationship...

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A message for Europe, Asia
Sep28

A message for Europe, Asia

While summertime means a trip to the beach for most people, sophomore nursing major Dan Black traveled across the ocean not once, but twice, visiting two very different countries. “God used me to plant seeds this summer, and he will make the seeds grow in his bigger plan. We have to continue to be faithful, and God will bring in the harvest,” he said. Black spread the Gospel to countries overseas this summer. He traveled to Spain with One Voice and to Japan on a mission trip. Black and other One Voice members departed on May 12 for Spain, just as the school year ended. After the flight landed, they met with missionaries from the International Mission Board who set up concerts where the group could perform. “We sang almost every night, and during the day, we sang in schools and universities,” Black said. The purpose of the concerts was to spread the Gospel through music. “We could proclaim Christ in that way,” he said. One Voice mixed Christian and secular music to attract crowds to the concerts. The concerts were an opportunity for the IMB missionaries to meet Spaniards and build connections with them. “The people were really responsive. You could feel God in the room while we were singing,” Black said. After traveling to the Canary Islands, to Portugal and back to Spain again, Black and the other One Voice members arrived home May 24. Only a few days later, Black found himself on a plane again. This time, he was bound for Japan. He went as a missionary to Shibuya in Tokyo, Japan, through Go Now Missions. Most of his ministry was done in the busy train stations of Shibuya, which are always packed with large crowds because trains are the main form of transportation in Japan. “After Missions Emphasis Week on campus, I wanted to find a mission for the summer,” Black said. Go Now is a group that sends students from different universities all over the world to spread the Gospel. Black and 30 others chose to go to Japan. “Japan really caught my eye. It was interesting how much I could relate to the Japanese people,” he said. Most Japanese are materialistic, according to Black. Their goal in life is to make as much money as possible. “The testimony I gave most to the Japanese people was that I find joy, fulfillment and purpose outside of material things and in Christ alone,” Black said. It’s safe to be a Christian in Japan, but it does go against the history and culture of the people. “There are about 34 million people in Tokyo. Less...

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Taking freedom for granted

I have it easy. The biggest challenges I face each day are making it to class on time, trying not to get in a car wreck on my way to work and matching my socks. I take freedom for granted. The men and women who served in our armed forces made it possible to have such simple worries and concerns. They fought to defend my freedom on the front lines of the battlefield. For more than two centuries, beginning with the American Revolution, men and women bled and died to obtain and preserve the liberties taken for granted today. The concerns these American soldiers have faced throughout history are very different from mine. Would they have enough rations for the next day? Would they freeze to death in the night? Would they have the strength to hold off pressing forces? Would they lose a limb today from a precariously placed car bomb? Would they be alive tomorrow? Because I did not see the bloodshed and hardship of war with my own eyes, I have been charmed into thinking freedom is an automatic part of life. Sadly, this is not the truth. In fact, in China today, citizens do not possess the freedom of speech. The Internet in China is closely monitored by the government. Message boards and social networking websites are censored to prevent any anti-government sentiment. Shi Tao, a Chinese journalist, was sentenced to a 10-year imprisonment in 2005 for releasing a document belonging to the Chinese Communist Party overseas to a Chinese democracy website. Yahoo! China handed over the journalist’s personal details to the government. Li Zhi, Jiang Lijun and Wang Xiaoning all tried to promote democratic reform in China under the government’s radar. But all three are currently imprisoned in China after the government Intercepted messages they sent on the Internet. People in other countries, such as the citizens of China, wish they had the freedom I take for granted. Freedom was not a gift. It is not free. It was fought for and won by our founders. If Americans spent one day as citizens of a country that lacks the freedoms we enjoy, they would have a better appreciation for the liberties we forget about everyday. It’s easy to forget what a precious commodity freedom is, when one isn’t on the front lines as a soldier. Many American men and women fought and died in my place. I owe the freedom to live a peaceful life, obtain a job and build a home with my family to the heroism of the individuals in the armed forces. They have a hard job, so I can have...

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Mosque near ground zero a no go
Aug24

Mosque near ground zero a no go

New York natives are scheduled to receive a new building near where the Twin Towers once stood, a building the majority does not want, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf proposed to build the Cordoba House, a 15-story Islamic community center two blocks away from the site of one of the greatest tragedies in our nation’s history. A poll of New Yorkers showed that 52 percent are opposed to the Muslim center being built in that location, while only 31 percent are in favor of it. The Cordoba House project would contain a performing-arts center, gym, swimming pool and a mosque. The fact that there is a mosque is almost in small print. The term “cultural” or “community” center only misleads the non-Muslim world. Let’s be clear. It’s a mosque. According to Daisy Khan, executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement, as quoted on Newsweek’s website, “The time for a center like this has come because Islam is an American religion. We need to take the 9/11 tragedy and turn it into something very positive.” The proposed building is having just the opposite effect on the minds of New Yorkers, though. It is adding fuel to the fires of anti-Islamic sentiment. Many who argue for the creation of an Islamic center near ground zero cite the First Amendment as their trump card, but the constitutional right to freedom of religion is not in question here. No one said Muslims cannot worship. In fact, there are more than 100 other mosques in New York City. The First Amendment means that Americans have the right to worship however they choose. It does not mean they can build a place of worship wherever they choose. In fact, there is a church whose congregation has been trying to rebuild their place of worship for the past eight years. It was destroyed in the 9/11 attacks when one of the towers fell on top of it. According to Fox News, negotiations to rebuild the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which once stood near the Twin Towers, were stalled last year and will not be revived, according to government officials. While the Greek Orthodox Church will not be built near ground zero, the mosque’s progress is moving forward, despite public opposition. Muslims have a plethora of other mosques in New York City where they can worship in fellowship. Ground zero is a very sensitive area for Americans, and Imam Rauf needs to respect this and build his “cultural center”...

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4/27/2010
Apr27

4/27/2010

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