Sunny Days in Heaven
Spiritual/Political/Philosophical Blog on the Nature of Truth and Falsehood and Heaven

Thursday, June 24, 2004  


I was listening to Dennis Prager on the radio yesterday, and he was livid over the release and subsequent publishing of U.S. Senate candidate Jack Ryan's divorce papers and various allegations made by his wife in them.

There is no doubt that the California judge who released them did so in bad faith, and to the detriment of the Ryans' nine year old son. There was nothing in those papers which warranted disclosure, particularly since the divorce was (apparently) acrimonious, the allegations of the wife about sex clubs were unproven; and as Jonah Goldberg points out:

"Jeri Ryan allegedly says that her husband brought her to sex clubs on more than one occasion, right? And she says she was horrified, disgusted and physically ill from what she saw. Fair enough, but why did she go to such clubs on more than one occasion. If I dragged the missus to one of those places once, I sincerely doubt I could get her in the door (or her foot off my throat) a second time."

We know the media is evil at this point so there's no point in excoriating them. Only God can settle the question of their just deserts.

But a few have made the point that divorce proceedings are public records. What people say and testify to in such circumstances is not private, and may have serious repercussions beyond personal moments before the bench.

In Malachi, the Lord says, I hate divorce.

Husbands and wives have a duty to each other to protect and serve their marriage. When they fail to do so, they and others suffer lasting consequences, and sometimes disastrous ones.

I am sorry Mr. Ryan's privacy was violated, and his political ambitions ruined by mere allegations of kinky desire (and not acts -- apart from attending venues of perversion, if he did).

I am also sorry that his marriage failed, and did so spectacularly. Much more harm has been done to their child than has been done to either of the parents. Lack of faith and sin doen't always result in immediate consequence, but it does so often enough to be cautionary; and it does so absolutely in last judgment as to be a true existential threat always.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 2:07 PM |