Now I’m not going to lie to you on this – I went into google on divorce, expecting two things – it would be dominated by America and the stats would show that left-liberal states would divorce more. It was quite a shock to find that Massachusetts had the lowest and it became even lower after gay “marriage” [that oxymoron].
Naturally, because the liberal media floods google and the MSM any time stats like this come up, the first twenty pages are full of sites trumpeting these stats as “proving” gay “marriage” is good for heteros as well as homos and that it’s best to be left-liberal to stay married.
Equally naturally, I didn’t like the look of this and smelt a rat. Or as Boyle Roche is supposed to have said sometime between 1743 and 1807:
I smell a rat; I see him forming in the air and darkening the sky; but I will nip him in the bud.
Yet here were the stats:
# In 2004, the state with the highest reported divorce rate was Nevada, at 6.4 (per 1,000)
# The state with the lowest divorce rate in the nation is Massachusetts. At latest count it had a divorce rate of 2.4 per 1000 population
Let’s even concede to the liberals that that went down to 2.0. Needless to say, they were all trumpeting that it was the Red states which divorced and not the Blue [strange how Americans can get their colours a**e end round].
However, I kept going back through google and found:
According to the Barna Group, which conducts and analyzes social research, more than 75 percent of American adults have been married at least once. Approximately a third of those have been divorced. In some demographics, however, that figure is even higher.
Protestants divorce more than Catholics, which the Barna Group found to be the least likely faith to divorce.
The Barna Group found that those who consider themselves liberal have higher divorce rates than conservatives. Among liberals, the divorce rate is 37 percent. Among conservatives, it is only 28 percent.
So we have a direct contradiction here. Not only that but we’re talking around 40% and some sites had the U.S. divorce rate slightly below 50% overall. Now this is not 0.2% in the least – nothing like it. There’s a clear methodology problem here – someone is using a completely different measuring instrument.
Turns out it meant the rate in the current year, whereas the other statistics show overall divorce rates of those who’ve married, which seems more sensible. It also struck me that in liberal states, less people would have been married anyway – smaller pool for the stats – but let’s leave that and move on.
I looked at the worst state – Nevada – and came up with this:
Experts point to alcohol, gambling and the overall 24-hour environment filled with dancers, showgirls and brothels as likely contributors to the high rate across the state, including Reno — once known as the “Divorce Capital of the World.”
Slightly alters the picture, doesn’t it? Not really to do with Christian conservatives at all although I did find some “Christian” stats not put out by liberals/atheists/humanists and they weren’t good – the Baptists were the worst. The more orthodox, e.g. the Catholics, i.e. those closer to the faith, were far less on the yearly figure and vastly less on the overall.
I also noticed a wide range of sources used, which militates against effective comparison:
Part of the reason there is no hard and fast agreement on the overall divorce rate may be due to the fact that there has been no exact data to study. The U.S. National Center for Health Statistics has not collected any divorce data since 1996. Since then, most divorce statistics have been based on different data collection systems like surveys, and those methods can vary widely from state to state.
Some states don’t gather divorce statistics at all and leave the task up to their internal county governments. If you are searching for statistics on the divorce rates in California, Indiana and Louisiana, you will probably have a difficult time finding any current information because those states stopped counting divorces back in the 80’s.
So what to make of Divorces Figures for California:
Year, CA Div., L.A. Div., CA Mar., Divorce %
1996 169,416 38,026 219,039 77.35%
1997 165,547 37,501 237,669 69.65%
1998 161,905 35,706 194,108 83.41%
2000 156,078 36,551 196,896 79.27%
2001 154,672 38,850 224,241 68.98%
2002 160,854 40,468 217,880 73.83%
2003 148,511 38,811 194,914 76.19%
Average Divorce Rate: 75.54%**
**Reference: Court Statistics Reports for 1996-2004.
Corroboration of sorts came from USAALS:
In Southern California the divorce rate is believed to be even higher, somewhere in the neighborhood of 60-75%.
Further analysis brought up that the women filing for divorce are 200% that of men. Sources:
“Who Divorced Whom: Methodological and Theoretical Issues” [Sanford L. Braver, Marnie Whitley and Christine Ng. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage Vol. 20(1/2) 1993, p.1.] and the May 21, 1991 National Center for Health Statistics, Monthly Vital Statistics Report [Vol. 38, No. 12 (S) 2].
“These Boots are Made for Walking: Why Wives File for Divorce” (Margaret F. Brinig and Douglas W. Allen, 2000, The American Law and Economics Association)
So much for women holding the family together these days and not walking out on it. Not only that, if they’re promiscuous young, it’s worse:
IOWA CITY, June 21, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A University of Iowa study has found that women who first engage in sex as young teens are more likely to divorce.
Published in the April issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family, the analysis found that 31 percent of women who had sex for the first time as teens divorced within five years of getting married, and 47 percent divorced within 10 years. The divorce rate for women who delayed sex until adulthood was far lower: 15 percent at five years, and 27 percent at 10 years.
I see nothing in any of that to alter what common sense would tell us – that when we deviate from the norm, in behaviour, respect, living patterns etc., trouble is sure to follow somewhere down the line.