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The Dutch Don't Care About Marriage


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Carrie
- 303 days ago - slate.com
I was in Amsterdam for probably three hours when I began to see that having children and not being married was not a big deal there. In fact, marriage itself is not a big deal there.



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GGmaSheila D. (164)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 2:43 pm
Too bad our Religious Extremist would never tlet the Dutch way take hold in America. We came close in the 60s, but somehow things got all twisted up in the new Born-Again religious fervor taking hold back then. Now include the Assemby of God religion and extreme is what they all practice daily.
 

Birgit W. (144)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 5:48 pm
Interesting, thanks.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 6:27 pm
Noted. I have a son happily living with his girlfriend of over 13 yrs. raising 2 kids here in the U.S. They've never felt any pressure from this side of the family to "make it legal" with a piece of paper. The kids are happy & thriving & doing great in school, too. They've never attended any church, either. They put the proper legalities in motion so the kids are protected in case of the deaths of their parents....hospital rights, etc...And, lastly, their family is financially sound with both working. So, it is NOT up to a tiny fraction of Americans to dictate how people will live here. Way too much is made of fancy weddings & religious dictates.
 

Jason S. (57)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 7:24 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 1:46 am
noted wedding is not impoartant really
 

Emma S. (228)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 2:02 am
I don't much, either! Thanks, Carrie.
 

Ben Oscarsito (345)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 5:17 am
It wasn't a big deal in Sweden either 30-40 years ago. But today it seems to be, don't ask me why because I don't have a clue...
 

. (0)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 7:17 am
I don't care about marriage, either. Thanks for sharing, Carrie.
 

Marija Mohoric (51)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 9:57 am
so what is the problem?
 

Lee Hampton (15)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 1:41 pm

If history can tell us anything, it's a way of having societies implode and collapse, for one reason by not replenishing the population, and then too many children of this generation are expected to support the older one and it cannot. It is nihilism's downward spiral, a death dance of a great nation with a great history.

Unlike Greece and Rome, perhaps, it may not completely depopulate The Netherlands. At least for a while a high Islamic population birth rate will enable them to inherit The Netherlands, until the state benefits run out, and then this population will likely collapse, too.

Oh well, who needed Western civilization, democracy, human rights, freedom anyway?

 

David B. (9)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 3:39 pm
Marriage is absurd. Period.
 

bob m. (32)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 3:45 pm


please note ... the carefree so sophisticated Scandinavian states are presently infested with a scourge virus called islam; their so cool they don't see the absolute terror of it.. as they are presently being consumed , intimidated, and sized up for the moon gods' wrath ... short if submission or conversion.. .. like the borg.. this virus says... resistance is futile... ... God TRULY help you Holland , Sweden, Norway Finland.
 

David B. (9)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 3:57 pm
There is no invisible god in the sky Bob... Trust me... Why waste your time praying when marriage is simply stupid?
 

Lee Hampton (15)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 4:26 pm

Well, so what if there's an astronomically high rape rate by Muslims because they see open sexual behavior and lack of mutual commitment in marriage as an invitation to take what Allah has given them in Scandinavian countries and other European countries. After all, this behavior says, "take me, I'm free to anybody" or that's how the Muslims see it.

Besides, I think hijabs, niqabs (those cool face coverings) and the abayas are just great anyway. What's wrong with living under Sharia? Just because they don't listen to music with musical instruments beside one kind of drum, we could get used to that.
 

S J. (116)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 4:44 pm
Noted, thanks Carrie
 

bob m. (32)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 5:28 pm


Trust you David?... I have learned some pretty basic lessons in my 66 years; that "I" am not the center of the universe.. that looking down at my penis is an arrogant empty selfish reality... that loosing your baby and his mother to the whims of sexual adventurism is a terrible bargain... No; marriage or relationship is nothing without LOVE... but this LOVE ... is a mighty reality; it calls us to grow out of the cocoon of our fleshly ego...it calls us out of the flames of our destruction.... it beckons us be born again from above...it teaches and patient abides with us as we make our prideful fall....it catches us and gives wing to our heart as we mount up with wings as eagles... it..(HE) lays down His life again and again as was for me; as I lay dying in hells anteroom... oh glorious pride ..where were you?.. as I lay in dying ..a slave under the whip.. in dark empty aloneness's... But then David; this LIVING God Who beckoned me taste and see; took me unto HIS bosom and gave me new life in HIM .. This is the sweetest song ever sung David; I make no apology to anyone .. I have seen and heard and known Him...wept in pure gratitude surrounded by a multitude dressed in White Robes who praise Him forevermore... My flesh knew nothing of this kind of love.. It was a mystery...as I realized the covenant of His Fidelity was forevermore.. And So .. I ask .. how small a thing is loving HER in commitment, in growing and honoring and giving out of the Grace I have received .. things I walked away from to my great loss...
.....TRUST me David ... I am committed in His tenderhearted Love for a fool such as I.. a branch of his tree .. to being forever grateful...and thankful...beyond measure.
 

Robert O. (12)
Friday November 1, 2013, 12:41 am
Thanks Carrie.
 

Inge Bjorkman (137)
Friday November 1, 2013, 1:07 am
Marriage is all about ownership, scary.

Love
 

bob m. (32)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 11:52 am


Commitment and relationship is hopefully all about Lovr.. (giving and receiving.)
 

Catherine G. (13)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 1:03 am
Amsterdam and the rest of the Netherlands are very different from us other. I remember travelling towards Groningen when I was a teenager and my friend telling me the inhabitants of the central region of Zwolle had boycotted their local Christian radio station because it was not Christian enough in their opinion.
On the other hand, there was a comedy sketch on TV a few years ago depicting a couple of gay Amsterdam policemen who were arguing because one of them liked heroin and the other cocaine.
And when you actually see what goes on in Amsterdam, it is pretty nasty stuff. Tolerance can so easily be a cloak for 'I couldn't care less'
 

Marlene Dinkins (232)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 4:58 pm
noted ty !!!!!
 

Bob A. (13)
Monday November 4, 2013, 12:39 pm
Some people don't care about washing hands after using a washroom. So what?
 
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