I’m Not a Marriage Counselor

Ken AshfordRight Wing Punditry/Idiocy, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

…but I play one on my blog.

Conservative columnist and radio host Dennis Prager, a frequent commentator on marriage and family values, announced this to his listeners this week:

I have a sad personal announcement to make. After seventeen years of marriage, my wife Fran and I are divorcing. This is sad first and foremost for Fran and for me. We’ve known each other nineteen years, have raised three children, and assumed we would be together forever. It was not only our hope. This is a value that we shared.

Aaaaaahhh!  Such a shame.  And the announcement comes on the heels of Dennis’ two part column at Townhall.com in which he gives marital advice (Dec. 6 and Dec. 13) to young adults.

I don’t want to speculate about the causes of the dissolution, but I think Kerry at 100 Monkeys Typing has his put his finger on it.  He quotes Prager from earlier columns:

And women’s emotionality, when unchecked, can wreak havoc on those closest to these women and on society as a whole — when emotions and compassion dominate in making public policy.


And that is what the Judeo-Christian value system ultimately yearns for — the elevation of human conduct to the God-like, rather than allowing us to behave like fellow animals.


Holy and profane: A major separation in the Judeo-Christian values system is between the holy and the profane. Applied to speech, this means, for example, that cursing is regarded far less seriously in those parts of society estranged from Judeo-Christian values. Applied to sex, this means that sexual intercourse has a dimension of holiness unknown to the Left, which regards it as a volitional and health issue.

And one of my own

[M]ost women think about those they love more than most men think about those they love. Most mothers worry about their children more hours per day than most fathers do; and a wife who loves her husband thinks about him more often each day than a man who loves his wife.

Hmmmmm.  I think we’ve found your problem, Dennis.