Brides, Grooms Often Have Different Faiths

Brides, Grooms Often Have Different Faiths

June 4, 2009

Early summer is a traditional season for wedding ceremonies in the U.S. Data from the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, conducted by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life in 2007, shows that many marriages are between people of different religious faiths. According to the survey, Buddhists and the religiously unaffiliated are the most likely to have a spouse or partner with a different religious background, while Mormons and Hindus are the least likely to marry or live with a partner outside their own faith.

Marriage chart

Source: Pew Forum U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, conducted in 2007 and released in 2008. Based on respondents who say they are married and respondents who say they are living with a partner. Results for other religious groups are not reported due to small sample sizes. Due to rounding, figures may not add to 100.

1. For mainline Protestants,
evangelical Protestants and historically black Protestants, this category includes marriages and partnerships between people from different Protestant denominational families (e.g., a Methodist married to a Lutheran).

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Palin out, Glenn reacts

Palin out, Glenn reacts

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GLENN: The other thing I want to address is Sarah Palin. I will tell you that whenever somebody does something that makes absolutely no sense, they are either a genius or reckless. I don't think Sarah Palin is reckless. I don't think that Sarah Palin is stupid. In fact, if you saw the way she eviscerated David Letterman, I mean, that should tell you something about this woman's intelligence and the way she knows ‑‑ she knows how to play the game. She may not have known how to play the game before nationally. I think she went into this ‑‑ well, I know she did. She went into this whole thing with the same crazy belief that I had that people are genuinely ‑‑ generally good. Well, that is absolutely true in the regular world. But when you get into the media and to politics, not ever. You have to assume the exact opposite. These people are dirtbags and if one of them surprises me, that's great.

Somebody wrote to me on vacation and said, you know, what do you think about Sarah Palin, you know, would you endorse Sarah Palin, blah, blah‑blah. No, never. Not because of any other reason than these people have betrayed me and what I believe and what they said they believe over and over and over and over again. I don't believe any politician. However, with that being said if I had a gun to my head and had to pick one, I think I would pick Sarah Palin. Does that mean she is who she says she is? I don't know yet. But I know she's not who the media says she is. And who the media says she is is stupid.

Let me tell you something that went through my mind when I heard about Sarah Palin resigning. The first thing was, whoa, what is that all about? Is there another scandal, is there ‑‑ but I just heard the news and I'm noodling in my head, what is that all about. Then I read her speech, and I know people are saying, "That doesn't say anything or really..." yes, it does. It says an awful lot. I think ‑‑ and I don't know this, but I think that Sarah Palin has a similar world view of mine, and going this far. I said to you I don't know how many months ago, do you remember when something was in my head and it just kept ‑‑ I just kept thinking it over and over and over again and I said on the air, "I don't even know what this means yet," but I do now. The paradigm is about to shift. I didn't know if that was in my personal life, in my business life, in the country, in the world. I didn't know what that meant. I do now. The paradigm is about to shift. Everything you thought you could trust, you can't. Everything you thought was solid is not. Everything you thought was working does not.

Now we're at the beginning of this shift of the paradigm, but I believe Sarah Palin understands that and she understands that the two‑party system, whether it's in two weeks, two years, ten years, I don't know, but the two‑party system either has to correct itself which would be a major purge, or the two‑party system is broken forever. I think she knows that. I think what Sarah Palin was saying was ‑‑ or what she senses is, get out of the system. This is another thing that it became very clear to me as I was reading several things this ‑‑ and just letting things distill: Get out of the box that everyone else has created. Get out of the system. We are in this little box and we think we have to do things in this box. "Well, that's crazy. You'll never be able to do ‑‑ you've got to play by these rules." Why? These rules don't work. These rules are broken. These rules have been corrupted and they have been set up now for other people to win and an outsider never to win. They are currently, these rules are currently painting Sarah Palin as a crazy woman, as stupid, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. Fine.&nbs p; I ain't playing by your rules anymore. Do not laugh at Sarah Palin. Do not dismiss her. I could be wrong but I think she's brilliant.


Idol Worship, We make the Golden Calves.

I'll comment on this later but my thoughts agree:
What Price Fame?

Whatsoever a Man Sows that He shall Reap.
If you sow to the flesh you reap of the flesh, if sow to the Spirit.....,

The Devil and Daniel Webster shows what we get when seek fame and fortune, and so many wealth seminars will sell you that, especially "Christian" ones.

The Prince of Pop is dead and buried, but is he the God of Dance and record sales
or one man lost in the Illusion we make our "American Idols" out to be?

The name fits: Idols.

The fatal lure of fame: Never have so many hungered to be famous - yet never has fame caused so much tragedy

By Jan Moir
Last updated at 4:20 PM on 07th July 2009

He was one of the richest and most famous men in the world, but he died a pauper's death. There was no food in his stomach, no one he loved at his side, no friend or family member to hold his hand as he slipped from this world.

The empty corridors of his California mansion echoed only with the panicky cries of the hired help. The last thing he saw, before his alien, lash-less eyes closed for ever, was a doctor with a syringe in his hand.

Even death brought him no peace. Within hours, the fans were gathering outside UCLA hospital, holding candles like supplicants, spooky lookalikes in their Thriller costumes and single diamante gloves.

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson: 'The most prominent and ghastly totem of the jeopardy that awaits child stars'

Across the world, millions more followed suit, grieving for a man they had never met. They chanted songs and squeezed out tears for him, wearing sad expressions to mask the secret ecstasy of their communal mourn-in.

was dead and the devoted jackals of his fan base, undeterred over the years by whispers of paedophilia and the star's troubled mental health, were gathering for the death feast.

The passing of Jackson raises many questions about his bizarre lifestyle and eccentric habits. Yet most of all it makes us wonder: if this is what celebrity can do to a person, why on earth are so many millions obsessed with the idea of becoming famous?

For his death brought with it a brittle, new clarity to the reality of his last years. As we gaze upon the awful, stardust depths of what fame did to him, ask yourself this. Do you still want to be famous? Do you want your children to be famous? Think about it carefully.

What has become clear is that celebrity on a grand scale such as Jackson's makes people lose the ability to moderate; to differentiate between what is normal and what is not.

If, like Jackson, you are removed from normal society and spend all your formative years as the chief wage-earner and main focus of a multi-million-dollar family industry, then your chances of maturing into a sane and sensible adult are remote. Especially with everyone constantly telling you that what you do is wonderful.

Child stars are particularly at risk as, quite often, their emotional development ceases at the exact age they become famous. Decades of broken and shattered kid prodigies, from to , became fractured by their experience of fame and never make it onto the sunlit uplands of happy adulthood.

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse (L) and Britney Spears have both struggled to cope with the pressure of fame

Yet ask thousands of little children today what they want to do when they grow up and they will tell you, with an eight-year-old's deep seriousness, that they want to be famous. Neither they, nor their pushy parents, have any idea - absolutely none - of what a poisoned chalice that is.

Be careful of what you wish for, it might just come true. Look at the child performers who appeared on the final of Britain's Got Talent recently, and were shown weeping with stress and humiliation in front of an audience of 20 million.

No doubt, they will have nightmares about this brush with fame for the rest of their lives.

To date, Jackson is the most prominent - and ghastly - totem of the jeopardy that awaits child stars.

Elsewhere, there are plenty of signs that the kind of fame many lust after - real, gilt- edged, blue chip, global, enduring fame - actually destroys all those it touches. It does not enhance lives, it ruins them.

The evidence is everywhere, from Jackson's own tragic demi-existence to Britney's regular meltdowns and 's slow, inexorable slide into the gutter as the world looks on, munching crisps.

, whose cannonball explosion into celebrity has caused her nothing but unhappiness, seems to oscillate between concert appearances and serious mental breakdown.

ended up in prison on unsavoury and violent charges. remained so in thrall to the lure of her own celebrity that filming her treatment and eventual death from cancer seemed like a reasonable course of action.

'I am still big,' she seemed to be saying, as she walked down the shadowy side of her own particular-Sunset Boulevard. 'It's just the pictures that got small.'

Elsewhere, there is always that poisonous sense of entitlement and phoney grandeur that warps the behaviour of many big stars.

Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle's explosion into celebrity has 'caused her nothing but unhappiness'

Madonna, Bono, Brad and Angelina, Posh and Becks, and many more. 'Do you know who I am?' seems to be their mantra.

Behind the velvet rope, these people have become monsters, convinced of their own power and privilege, immune to the civilised constraints of real life that moderate the behaviour and ensure good manners.

Celebrity is a damaging and treacherous terrain, one that imperils souls both gentle and strong. Yet, perversely, the hunger for celebrity has never been greater.

This month alone, more than 100,000 British youngsters will be queuing up to take part in the XFactor auditions, to grab their shot at national fame - or humiliation - in front of television cameras and celebrity judges.

The Big Brother freak show rolls on unabated on Channel 4, while battalions of low-rent reality-show contestants live out their 15 minutes in the hothouse of modern fame.

Farrah Fawcett

Farrah Fawcett played out her battle with cancer on TV screens

There is nothing they won't do, from manually collecting sperm from pigs to eating kangaroo testicles in the jungle. Anything to be famous! If reality television teaches us anything, it is that you cannot keep shameless people down.

Up at the very top of the celebrity tree, the air is more rarefied. It is hard to breathe. Someone as focused and disciplined as does not take drugs, yet even she is not immune to the dark quirks of fame.

Her exercise regime suggests her addiction is to endorphins - and behaving like a despotic goddess. For there is always some way in which celebrities lavishly anaesthetise themselves to the reality of their lives.

Look at . She was once just a freakishly beautiful actress of middling talent who had an unhealthy interest in her brother, James Haven, whom she was pictured kissing full on the lips on more than one occasion.

Now she clearly sees herself as a deity, a living Pieta, a saint in Elie Saab satin.

Her beautiful body is tattooed with political messages and the geographical co- ordinates of the birthplaces of her adopted and natural children. She presents this body to the world as an offering, a palimpsest of her goodness and purity, a permanent reminder of her celebrity sainthood.

Jolie demanded, and was given, a no-fly zone over part of while she gave birth there. Yet no one turns a hair at the utter ludicrousness of this situation.

Then her fellow deity-wannabe Madonna marches into and removes two of its children without a shred of shame or a moment's unease at the global outcry it provokes.

'It's none of your business,' she snaps at the world, as she parcels up the bewildered tots and marches them straight into her next Kabbalah meeting.

Madonna with adopted son David

Madonna with adopted son David: The 'deity-wannabe marched into Malawai and removed two of its children'

People are so dazzled by celebrity that it seems to act - dangerously - as a free pass to the most selfish and impervious behaviour. Snatching babies? Ordering governments around? Nothing is off limits, from the political to the personal.

If Michael Jackson had lived down your street, and filled his swimming pools and bedrooms with adolescent boys in skimpy trunks, you would not, I hope, be begging for his autograph.

Or telling him how much you loved Rockin' Robin and allowing your children to go over for sleepovers and glasses of 'Jesus Juice'.

You would be calling the police and social services. Yet in , in his house with the ferris wheel and exotic pets, Jackson was allowed to do as he pleased.

So few stars seem stable, or capable of moderating their own impulse controls. They do what they want, regardless of whether it is right. Or they reach a certain level of celebrity whereby it is just not enough to be famous any more.

They need to be godheads, to front their own quasi-religious campaigns.

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie: A self-styled 'saint in Elie Saab satin'

It is so corrosive, for both them and us. The drive to be loved, this most fundamental of human desires, is magnified and warped inside their psyches to a level of toxicity that is terrifying. Yes, they may do some good along the way.

Yet underneath all their much-touted charity work beats the uncomfortable thought that the person in the equation who most needs help is them.

Sometimes they use their philanthropy as a gateway to more power, both within and without Hollywood.

On other occasions, you can see them using it as an effective way of whitewashing the grubbier corners of their lives. I mean, how many more World Refugee Days must Angelina Jolie attend before we forget that she stole another woman's husband?

So can anyone survive the weirdness and the mordant power of fame? When the Jackson 5 became famous, at the dawn of the Seventies, we lived in a more innocent age.

Today, the pressures on stars and the caustic nature of celebrity ensures that few make it unscathed or remain in phone contact with the real world.

They live in a parallel universe where sensible civilians fear to tread. Jackson was bedevilled by lunacy to the last. He named , another tainted refugee from reality, as the woman he wants to act as mother to his three children.

The pet tigers he kept at Neverland, the ranch that was landscaped with treats and toys like a paedophile's dream, are living at Tippi Hedren's animal sanctuary.

The actress, once a favourite of 's, gravely announced this week that she has informed the tigers of poor Michael's death.

Look at how he ended up, with his knotted and shrivelled veins, his oxygen masks, his pathological fear of germs, his children draped under blankets like budgerigars in covered cages.

The world gave Jackson absolutely everything the modern heart could desire, but he became a man in flight from the world, terrified of it.

Now we peel back the covers and gaze, horrified, upon the awful wasteland of his celebrity strangeness. It is like peeking into the crib and finding Rosemary's-Baby screaming back at you, its little claws bared.

What happened to get us here? Forty years ago, the world was presented with a little boy, perfect just as he was, full of joy as he sang his jewel-bright pop songs.

Yet, over the torrid decades of fame that followed, something darkened in his soul. Idolatry, untold riches, cruelty and weakness took their toll.

He left the mortal world as a lost and broken freak, his reputation as a human being in shreds.

Do you still want to be famous? And end up like Jackson, emotionally isolated, catastrophically unable to cope with reality, with no one to keep him in check or save him from himself?

He had no genetic relationship to his patchwork of misbegotten children. His face was altered by increasingly frantic spasms of plastic surgery. The nightmarish end result suggested someone not trying to recreate himself, as is always suggested, but a man trying to blot out his past.

The terrible irony of all this sadness and waste is that ordinary people are much better at dealing with life's difficulties than any star with a fawning entourage and an inflated sense of their own worth.

We can cope with being let down or rejected. We can keep it together in a way that stars and celebrities gradually lose the ability to.

But the truly extraordinary thing is that even as we witness the terrible demons it unleashes, celebrity continues to be something many aspire to, rather than to pity and avoid.


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