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Jesus and the anorexic suicidal supermodels

Jesus and the Anorexic Suicidal Supermodels

The family unit is one of the most cherished

institutions of American society. Its function is one of

philanthropy, to raise America's children in accordance

with our accepted norms and various proscriptions and


However, rising teenage pregnancy and juvenile crime

seem to indicate that the American family is not doing

this. Many Americans insist that a family is capable of

producing a productive citizen in every instance and

believe that only a traditional family can do this.

So the conclusion one might draw baring in mind this

paradigm is that the traditional one mom and one dad

family needs help as a function. Any Pat Robertson-

fearing Republican will tell you that Judeo-Christian

ethics are the foundation upon which the family is based,

therefore to help the family why not foster these

religious ideals? (And while we're at it, why not make a

contribution to the two billion dollar tax-free Christian

Broadcasting Network?)

The manifest function here of religion is to provide

people with a unifying belief that will scare kids into

behaving so they do not go to Hell. The latent function

is that it is a slap in the face to every Easterner who

has conducted themselves in a productive and positive

manner. Many of the Christian right I am sure do not

realize how offensive the notion is that Christianity is

the only faith to recognize that killing and stealing are


What exactly are the "norms" that are so exclusive to

Christianity? The Christian world is more afflicted with

crime than Singapore ever will be, just take a walk

through the super Catholic ghettos of Buenos Aires.

I personally believe that the break from moral

traditions does not exist. The vast majority of American

youth hold murder and violence to be a proscription, and

so do their families whether they consist of two moms or

two dads or one of each. Certainly poverty has created a

problem to compliment the stress placed on those growing

up in single parent families, and perhaps here is where

faith belongs. If people can just have something to

believe in, to lift up their spirits, perhaps the dread

of daily life would not seem so terrible for those it

depresses, and here I speak not only of inner cities, I

speak of the dozens of people I know who have to be on

prozac to have the will to wake up in the morning, I

speak of the countless multitudes of young women who

purposely vomit because they feel they have no control

over their lives or because they feel they must aspire to

be thin enough to houlla hoop in a Cherio.

The plight of youth is not the measure of their

morality. The plight of youth is the measure of their

self worth. We value malnutrition for our girls and

perfect health for our boys. Although the older members

of our society will say that these are not the new

prescriptions, that these are wrong, these detrimental

social phenomenon occur in desperately large numbers.

How can Christian ideology help these depressed

youth? The Bible does not have anything to say about

anorexia, about buhlemia. It does condemn suicide, but

certainly condemnation is not the way to help us.

In the end, the saving grace of American youth will

be their ability to believe in themselves. Self

confidence and preservation will give them the emotional

capacity to aim as high as Americans should, to make

something of themselves other than a thin body.

Of course, no one wants to think that the ones

hurting American youth are themselves. But they are.

Hollywood and the fashion industry have indeed played a

large part as far as America's perception of beauty.

This influences the American paradigm far more than media

violence ever could, for no one wants to be the bad guy

murderer. He (almost) always looses.

Times change. A place called America started in a

revolution that was seen as an atheistic break from the

tradition of British rule. Now we are liberating

ourselves from ourselves, for better or worse. Sex

education is teaching children not to be afraid or

ashamed of their bodies, gays and lesbians need not live

undignified lives of shame and a teenage mother need not

carry to term a baby she can not afford. This is the

moral crisis the Pat Robertson denounces. If I had a two

billion dollar tax-exempt media corporation, I'm sure I

could paint progress as crisis too.

The real fundamentals of Christianity that offer a

positive function for society is not the condemnation of

diversity and alienation that the rich and religious are

always so good at; it is the idea that we start caring

about each other, that we love one another and stop

blaming each other for our own problems. I think that if

Jesus were to return tomorrow, he would be rather unhappy

to find Pat Robertson the spokesman and president of his

fan club.

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