The better question….who decides?
A few weeks ago, HUGE controversy was raised when Jennifer Aniston, promoting her new movie The Switch, a film about a single woman desperate to have a child seeks alternative and scientific methods in order to make it happen, was reported saying, “Women are realizing it more and more knowing that they don’t have to settle with a man just to have that child.” And while Aniston being this single and unattached woman who wants to have children but has no plans on obtaining one scientifically like her on-screen character does, she introduces an interesting topic: Do women really need men to make a family?
A highly offended Bill O’Reilly shot back (as he often does in a rather harsh and critical matter, regardless of the legitimacy of his concerns) on his Fox News show the next day. He said that Aniston’s interview was “destructive to our society,” and said that she was “diminishing the role of the dad.”
“Dads bring a psychology to children that is in this society, I believe, under-emphasized,” he said. “I think men get hosed all day long in the parental arena.” For his full statement, go to the Back of the Book Segment on his website.
So, the question is raised, and we want YOU to answer. Tell us what you think: What DOES make up a family? Is Aniston right in saying that a woman has the right to choose to have a baby without needing a man in her life? Or is O’Reilly correct in saying that this view is “destructive to society?” Is either parent a disposable figure? And what affects does it have on our children and the next generation? And most importantly what are the Biblical principles on this issue and the roles that dads and moms play?