Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Cashing in on Constitutional Connubiality

First, they amended the state constitution to "protect the sanctity of marriage" by forbidding certain people who love each other from getting married. Then, they had a Moonie-like Covenant Marriage ceremony to make it more difficult for thousands to get a divorce. Then the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services started awarding grants and training ministers in the Garden Marriage Program designed by the UA Cooperative Extension Service. Then, they got a $2.7 million federal grant from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families for the local JBU Marriage Ministry to run seminars to stem the divorce rate in Northwest Arkansas.

Now, they have the Northwest Arkansas Times running their press releases as news stories. There is never a question about the appropriate use of tax dollars, no demand for showing measurable outcomes, and no comments or opinions from anyone with a different point of view on the enterprise. That kind of "journalism" will never win a Pulitzer Prize for news reporting, but it should be in the running for the $10,000 Amy Writing Award.

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