We’re Number One! We’re Number One!

Woo hoo! In your face, heathens!

New research shows that men are more involved and attentive as husbands and fathers if they are religious — and specifically evangelical Protestants.

According to an article in USA Today, “Though they favor a patriarchal family structure, evangelical Protestant men who attend church regularly scored higher on several national surveys that evaluated levels of family involvement and affection than did men from other religious groups and men who consider themselves religiously unaffiliated.”

Data was analyzed after being collected from three surveys conducted more than once during 1972-1999. The surveys “examined behaviors and attitudes toward family and gender among different religious groups including Catholics and Protestant Christian denominations, Jews, Muslims and others.”

Of the groups surveyed, churchgoing Protestants, especially evangelicals, ranked higher in family involvement and lower in domestic violence. Those categorized as evangelical Protestants include Assemblies of God, Southern Baptists, and nondenominational evangelical churches.

Evangelical Protestants hold a traditional social approach contrary to popular culture. Although these traditional values act as a shield to the corrupt culture, they also indicate reluctance on the part of men to share domestic responsibilities.

By domestic responsibilities, the article explains, traditional fathers based on the biblical model are more likely to believe that men should provide for their families while women should be responsible for the home. (And studies are emerging that show children whose mothers opted to stay home are, in general, happier than those who were raised by day care professionals.)

Given that an involved, attentive father is key to raising happy, well-adjusted children (not to mention keeping a wife happy and well-adjusted), and that a strong family is the smallest and tightest battle formation in the spiritual war we all fight (whether we realize it or not), I wonder: What could possibly motivate the feminist doctrine that “a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle”?

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