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National Marriage Day & the UK riots

By Warwick Marsh - posted Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Today Tuesday August the 16th is National Marriage Day. This is a day to celebrate the joy of marriage and the natural family. So what has this celebration got to do with the UK riots?

Well let me explain.

Unless we begin to promote marriage and the natural family by events like National Marriage Day we will soon face the societal disintegration currently being experienced in Great Britain and it won't be good.


The sight on the TV of young people looting and burning down whole suburbs in the UK has shocked us all. With over $300 million dollars AUD in damages, 5 dead, scores injured and whole suburbs still under siege. Many are asking, "Did anyone see it coming?"

The answer is yes.

In April 2008 a well known Family Law Court Judge in the UK made the following dire prediction.

"Without being in any way over-dramatic or alarmist, my prediction would be that the effects of family breakdown on the life of the nation, and ordinary people, in this country will, within the next 20 years, be as marked and as destructive as the effects of global warming".

Whilst the doubts about global warming are growing stronger each day there is no doubting the fact that Justice Coleridge's words have come true in the UK riots this last week just as he said they would.

The 2008 article in the UK Telegraph by Sarah Womack goes on to point out the judge's intervention was without precedent and "comes as new figures show marriage levels are at their lowest since 1862, and the number of children living with a single parent has doubled in 20 years".


So what exactly is happening in Great Britain and why is Great Britain not so great? Maybe English journalist Peter Osborne in his article about last week's riots "The moral decay of our society is as bad at the top as the bottom" has some of the answers:

"Indeed, I believe that the criminality in our streets cannot be dissociated from the moral disintegration in the highest ranks of modern British society. The last two decades have seen a terrifying decline in standards among the British governing elite.

It has become acceptable for our politicians to lie and to cheat. An almost universal culture of selfishness and greed has grown up...Something has gone horribly wrong in Britain. If we are ever to confront the problems which have been exposed in the past week, it is essential to bear in mind that they do not only exist in inner-city housing estates... It is not just its damaged youth, but Britain itself that needs a moral reformation".

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Warwick Marsh is the founder of the Dads4Kids Fatherhood Foundation with his wife Alison. They have five children and two grandchildren and have been married for 34 years.

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