Moral Contradictions

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

The real family values problem - Round Two

Jennifer C. Kerr wrote an article for the AP titled "Housing Prices High for Low Income Workers".

If you haven't heard me or anyone else say this, then remember me when this comes true: At the end of the day, when the family values poster children of abortion and homosexuality are "solved" in the eyes of hardcore conservatives, American families will still be worse off than they are now.

Why? What good is protecting the unborn if we're going to bring them into a world where they grow up in some dingy apartment? Or their parents are overstressed because they can barely pay the rent? Forget about vacations - any lost time could put the job in jeopardy, which would put the food and shelter at risk as well.

For many, gone are the days when the mother can stay home with the children. Heaven help any families headed by only one parent or the parents who commute 1-1.5 hours each way to work. How American, how Christian, is a family where the kids get dropped off at daycare before school, go to daycare after school, and at least one parent only gets to spend an hour or two with them before they go to bed? Christians are becoming apart of the "world" because to question the ruthlessness of American capitalism, is well, un-American. Yet there are forces in play in many urban areas which go straight to a family's heart.

How is that American? How is that right? When our families are worse off then ever, are we going to console ourselves with "that's how the free market is?". Yes I believe we need capitalism, but I don't want the free market determining how much time I spend with my future children! It's already determined that I cannot live in my hometown.

Folks, wake up! While we get all hyped up about these issues (homosexuality is still being hashed out and I don't know enough to get in the middle of it, but most everyone can agree that abortion is terrible), politicians, corporate officers, and other higher-ups are making decisions that will affect the quality of our life for years to come. Whether intentional or not, we're distracted, and some are taking advantage.

Many don't blink when told that janitors cannot afford houses. Yet, when our school teachers, policemen, and firefighters cannot afford a home, we're way beyond wrong.


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