Sunday, July 10, 2011

Writers of the Marriage Vow remove slavery reference

After what to them had to be an unexpected back lash a conservative group called The Family Leader has removed controversial language in it's Marriage Vow. The controversial language referred to black children and slavery. It read:

"Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA's first African-American President,"

Bob Vander Plaats, head of The Family Leader has apologized abut that statement by issuing the statement below:

“After careful deliberation and wise insight and input from valued colleagues we deeply respect, we agree that the statement referencing children born into slavery can be misconstrued, and such misconstruction can detract from the core message of the Marriage Vow: that ALL of us must work to strengthen and support families and marriages between one woman and one man," said Bob Vander Plaats, head of The Family Leader.

"We sincerely apologize for any negative feelings this has caused, and have removed the language from the vow, " added Vander Plaats.

Of course this could have all been avoided if they had a more diverse membership. If that were the case someone of color would have alerted them to the fact that this would not have gone over well. But then again I'm assuming anyone in the group cares what people of color think.

George Cook Author of the Kindle book Let's Talk Honestly: One Black Man's Thoughts $1.50

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