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Monday, 4 January 2016

Domestic Terrorism and the Thoughtless Use of the "M" Word

Yesterday, I listened to news on NPR; they did a short item on the re-opening of the Inland Regional Center, where an atrocity, a mass shooting was carried out by, and I quote, "a married couple."

Why did NPR insist on identifying them as "Married"?

I am getting sick and tired of Maritalphobia.

Marriage is the Relationship of Peace.

“No Relationship condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of this Married Couple's victims were either Married, or the product of Marriages,” the president has said.

Only bigots would exhibit such a closed-minded dislike of or prejudice of Married Couples, blaming the actions of a few Married Persons on Matrimony as a whole.
Yet there has been a drastic rise in the harassment of the Married, mostly directed at Married women, perhaps because they are easy to identify in public because of their wedding rings, a small bit of metal worn by "Wives", especially in the presence of adult males outside of their immediate family.

We don't know that it was their Marital status that turned these two people into killers.

One of them may have been exposed to Radical Matrimony, but that is the not representative of Marriage as a whole. 

I think the media needs to be more responsible in throwing around the word "Married" in reporting of crimes committed by people who espouse this distorted understanding of Marriage.

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