The Family Leader Gives New Meaning to the Old Ball and Chain

Bob Vander Plaat's group finds the solution to broken homes in the African American community - slavery!

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Who knew that all we needed to do to reduce the rate of children born out of wedlock in the African American community and essentially save the institution of marriage was resurrect another establishment at the underbelly of our country’s history - slavery.

michele-bachmann-shrug.jpgLast week, former GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats and his group, The Family Leader, called upon Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) to sign a “Marriage Vow,” swearing their support of traditional marriage (whatever that is), and thus potentially earning the organization’s backing in the 2012 elections.

But after signing the pledge, the “liberal media elite” got hold of the document, and it wasn’t long before Santorum and Bachmann learned a valuable lesson in why it’s important to read things in their entirety before signing them; something you'd like to think an elected official would already know.

Citing The Consequences of Marriage for African Americans: A Comprehensive Literature Review, the vow (fully titled “The Marriage Vow: A Declaration of Dependence upon Marriage and Family”) argues the importance of preserving the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman, reaching far back into our nation’s history for “proof” that there was a time when things were done right; specifically in the black community.

“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.”

We’re not ones to argue statements such as these without doing our due diligence, but here’s a thought: There’s a small chance that the fact that they were enslaved, and forced to live together, risking death if they tried to leave, had an impact on a couple’s decision to stay together at the time, and may have a slight bearing on the data here. Just a thought.

Bachmann’s camp has since denounced the preamble of the document, claiming that the presidential hopeful only endorsed the “candidate vow,” which didn’t mention slavery or anything else that could be considered offensive, and reportedly provided a forwarded message from The Family Leader, confirming that the language about slavery had been removed from the document for fear that it could be “misconstrued,” and apologizing for “any negative feelings this has caused.”

A representative for Santorum told CNN that the former Senator from Pennsylvania was “pleased” to sign the pledge, but agreed with the organization’s decision to remove the language pertaining to slavery.

While that particular passage has been stricken from the original document, what remains still suggests that homosexuality is a choice and calls for a ban on pornography; so we’re pretty sure that by the time all of the left wing social activists get done with this one, “The Marriage Vow” will be whittled down to something that could fit in a fortune cookie. And at this rate, 2012 definitely won’t be among the lucky numbers for the GOP.

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Shayla C. Perry is a freelance journalist based in New York. In addition to interviewing some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, and covering the latest in celebrity news & gossip, her forte (read: obsession) is examining the sensationalism, gall, and sheer genius of reality TV.

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