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This explains a lot

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Many people can’t fathom the crazies of Islam, and you’ve all heard the epithet “mad Mullahs”…but it seems that there may be sound reasoning as to why they seem unable to act like reasonable human beings.

Inbreeding…I’m not kidding. It seems cousin shagging is all the rage¬†amongst Islamic nations and peoples.

Nikolai Sennels is a Danish psychologist who has done extensive research into a little-known problem in the Muslim world: the disastrous results of Muslim inbreeding brought about by the marriage of first cousins.

This practice, which has been prohibited in the Judeo-Christian tradition since the days of Moses, was sanctioned by Muhammad and has been going on now for 1,400 years in the Muslim world. This practice of inbreeding will never go away, since Muhammad is the ultimate example and authority on all matters, including marriage.

The massive inbreeding in Muslim culture may well have done irreversible damage to the Muslim gene pool and extensive damage to its intelligence, sanity, and health.

According to Sennels, close to half of all Muslims in the world are inbred. In Pakistan, the number approaches 70%. Even in England, more than half of Pakistani immigrants are married to their first cousins, and in Denmark the number of inbred Pakistani immigrants is around 40%.

The numbers are equally devastating in other important Muslim countries: 67% in Saudi Arabia, 64% in Jordan and Kuwait, 63% in Sudan, 60% in Iraq, and 54% in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. ¬† Read more »

Guest Post – State housing bliss or simply valium induced happy memories?

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An article in the paper yesterday sings the praises of State Houses in the past.

They were joyous places it says, and children were even named ‚ÄúJoy‚ÄĚ as a response to the pleasure of the parents who had gained their first house, thanks to the state.

Perhaps they were.  Or perhaps the memory of those housing estates has retrospective pink icing.

Yes the houses were good and solid, although surprisingly small by today’s standards.  And they had big sections.

There is a ‚Äúbut‚ÄĚ creeping in here! ¬† Read more »

The Evolution of Marriage

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When Gay marriage was being debated marriage itself came under the spotlight. All of a sudden we were asking ourselves..

What is marriage?

Is marriage about children?

Is marriage a religious institution or a secular one?

I wondered about the origins of marriage, the purpose of marriage and how it has evolved from the past to what we recognise as marriage now.

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I love you for you brain. No, really I do.

Adam Lusher at The Independent writes

In what may be interpreted as a victory for feminism and a sign that men now stand even less chance of winning an argument with their wives, researchers have discovered that marriages today have the best prospects of survival when partners have the same level of education.

The generation of husbands who married in the early 1990s, the researchers found, was also the first to be happy with wives who were as smart or smarter than them.

This, the study confirmed, was a reversal of the 1950s, when Marilyn Monroe starred in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and when a marriage was most likely to last when a husband was better educated than his wife (and could presumably flatter him by saying that he knew best).

After her team analysed the fortunes of thousands of American couples who had married from the 1950s to 2004, Professor Christine Schwartz, of the University of Wisconsin, said they had discovered “trends towards a more egalitarian model of marriage in which women’s status is less threatening to men’s gender identity”.

Her findings suggest a seismic shift from the 1950s, where the man was traditionally the breadwinner, and the wife was expected, as one home economics textbook of the era advised, to “have dinner ready for him on time [and] offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soft, soothing and pleasant voice”.

Can I just please add that the soft, soothing and pleasant voice doesn’t really need to be a casualty of feminism? ¬†You can be intelligent¬†and¬†have a soft, soothing and pleasant voice. ¬†Just sayin’ ¬† Read more »

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Public outrage at Church ultimatum

via sojo.net

via sojo.net

You may recall our article on this topic yesterday:  a 72 year old lady, how had lived with her unmarried partner for 3 years was told she no longer could remain a member of the church; unless she married him.

Bridget Railton provides an update ¬† Read more »

Church: Marry him or pack your bags

You don’t really expect this situation to crop up these days, with debates around lesbian priests and transgender marriage, but it appears one church down south has gone back to basics

A 72-year old Southland woman has had her 30-year church membership revoked because she lives in a de facto relationship.

The Calvin Community Church, a presbyterian church in Gore, has revoked the membership of one of its long-term members because her relationship with a man she lives with was “at variance with what is expected of a member of Calvin Community Church”.

The woman said she was told “out of the blue” she had to either marry her long-term partner, leave him, or no longer be a church member.

She was still able to attend the church, but she has declined to do so because “they have discussed my private life around the table”.

“I was shocked. I was very upset at the way it was put to me, someone just phoned me out of the blue and I was told I had to either marry him or I can’t be a member of the church.”

“This is 2014, not the 1950s, times have changed.”

You have to wonder if there is something else going on and this is simply a way to eject her on a technicality. ¬†But no, the¬†Calvin Community Church does really seem to insist on having the old fashioned standards implemented rigorously. ¬† Read more »

I knew it! Two new studies prove what we have always known

Another couple to add to the list of totally useless studies.

So, if you have a nagging spouse it can be a bit depressing and it’s harder to get in the mood for something positive…stop the clock, who knew or could have seen that result. Ground breaking.

Being married can make people more prone to depression, a study reveals.

Constant nagging and domestic spats are significant triggers of long-term stress that cannot be outweighed by the positive aspects of wedlock, scientists found.

It can also make husbands and wives far less responsive to positive experiences.

Previous research has shown married people are, in general, happier and healthier than singletons.

But an 11-year study by the University of Wisconsin-Madison poses a question mark over the decades of research linking single life to long-lasting social stress.

The researchers assessed a group of married adults for depression, and gave them questionnaires to rate their stress on a six-point scale.

Nine years later, the questionnaire and depression assessments were repeated.

In year 11, the participants took part in ‘emotional response testing’, measuring how quickly they can recover from a negative experience.

The test, commonly used to assess depression, monitors the frowning muscle – or, the corrugator supercilii.

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What’s worse than corruption or cheating for politicians?

For a politician it is pretty bad to be accused of corruption, worse of cheating like Len Brown.

But there is something that voters take more seriously than both of those…hypocrisy.

Quinnipiac University did a fascinating — and remarkably well-timed¬†— poll in which they created a fake Congressman (James Miller a 53 year old married man with 2 kids) and then asked voters how they would react to various piece of information about Miller. Those tidbits ranged from his carrying on an extramarital affair to his hiring of a family member unqualified for a job. ¬†And, by a somewhat wide margin, the hiring of the family member was seen a a far more egregious — and fireable — offense than cheating.

Just one in four (24 percent) of voters say they would “definitely” or “probably” vote for Miller if ¬†he “created a new, well-paid position on his staff in order to hire an unqualified family member as a favor.‚ÄĚ ¬† ¬†Contrast that with the four in ten (39 percent) people who say the would “definitely” or “probably” votes for Miller if he was “unfaithful to his wife with another woman.”

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 Marriage by Proxy

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Photo: Noriko Hayashi

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