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Reader comment on item: Something Rotten in Denmark?
in response to reader comment: For Dima and Mandy: take the middle path please

Submitted by JustMe (United States), Feb 23, 2006 at 18:33

Is that the middle path you're taking? I'm talking about how you focused in on statistics showing the Western society as "hollow": drugs, homosexuality, children born outside of marriage, divorce, old folks homes, blah, blah, blah. By the way, Mormonism is listed under the "Cult" section in U.S. bookstores. It really isn't representative of our country. Polygamy is illegal here. Let's not forget your obscure study stating we're the unhappiest country in the world. Who did the study? Oh, The School of Economics. Never heard of it. Well, why don't you stay on that middle path you are preaching about and quote some statistics about YOUR society? Yes, you gave us a few percentages on fashion, but not anything of significance. How happy are your women? Your man has several wives? Great. Stay in that marriage so you can say you never divorced. Let's hear about the seedy side of your society. By the way, many of the drugs in our country come from these so-called non-westernized countries that are apparently looking down their noses at us. I think Afghanistan has a corner on the opium market. Praise Allah.

People in our country (the U.S.) do have many freedoms. Some people obviously go down some wrong paths. It kind of goes along with freedom. Life begins as a clean canvas, and we're allowed to paint on our own and create our own picture. It reminds me of a journey the bible teaches us that we're all on. God has given us freedom of choice "free will" and we either pass the test here on earth or we don't. But God isn't behind us twisting our arms behind our backs. We aren't forced by our government to do anything religious. That is our own choice. So when you say you certainly don't want any Western force to impose Western values on you, which values are you in disagreement with? Free will? The free will God has granted all of us in hopes that we will read His word and choose the right path? Don't tell me that you know better than Him. Maybe it's the men in your society that would really hate it if their women had "real" freedom. I'm not just talking about you don't have to cover your hair and some of you are allowed to vote. This sounds so archaic to free people.

I agree that family is very important in society. I have been married for nearly 23 years. My four children all have the same mother and father. This does not make me any better than someone in a different circumstance than me. We're not all the same, and that is what being free is all about. My sister has been divorced twice and overcame a drinking problem. God loves her just as much as me. Her path has been a bit bumpier than mine. I would never presume to judge her. All sin is the same. I sin every day. I ask Him for forgiveness and I try to improve.

Thank you for listening

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