Overheard on CNN.com: Marriage causes divorce
August 26th, 2011
06:16 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Marriage causes divorce

Comment of the Day:

"Divorce rates in the South have been directly tied to a study showing that 98.5 percent of marriages based on the premise "she thinks his tractor's sexy" - end in divorce."–txbburns

What's fueling Bible Belt divorces

The divorce rate is higher in the Bible Belt, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report - and so is the marriage rate. It does seem that a higher rate of marriage creates a larger pool for divorces, but the numbers don't explain why more in the Bible Belt initially choose wedded bliss or divorce. CNN.com readers gave their own reasons.

InEarnest said, "I think Frank Burns in M*A*S*H sums it up perfectly: 'The number one cause of divorce is marriage.' "

lewatha said, "Sounds like the real threat to marriage is religion."

erinwm said, "Isn't it amazing that the states with the lowest divorce rates are also the states that do not outlaw same-sex marriage? I thought all that gay marriage was supposed to destroy the institution. Huh."

ladiesbane said, "Coontz nailed it with the parental pressure to marry early and the stigma of premarital sex. They can't use birth control because that would be premeditated sin; they can't have abortions because that minute blob of tissue is a baaaaybeeee, and the only solution is a forced, sad marriage between immature young people who don't love each other."

harviele agreed, "I think the divorce rate is higher because of the belief that it is better to remain a virgin until married, thus encouraging young people to marry earlier in order to engage in a sexual relationship. The prudish anti-sex society is at fault." rowan48 said, "Education, money troubles, children too soon in a marriage, and–hate to be the bearer of bad news–but sexual incompatibility plays a huge role."

RixR said, "What's fueling Bible Belt divorces? Bible Belt affairs, more than likely." OvernOut said, "Amen to that!"

blockthiscnn said, "I can think of many couples who got married young, stayed married for over fifty years, and were very religious. Preaching against premarital sex isn't the problem; not teaching people how to be committed to each other through thick and thin is."

jordanicolas said, "Marriage takes work! This lazy generation doesn't get that! There are moments I'm the happiest man in the world with my wife, but there are other moments I don't even want to see her. That's normal! Hollywood has done a good job making people believe it's all happiness. Anybody can get divorce, but it takes maturity to work things out. There are no problems too big to solve, only people too small to solve them. Marriage makes you stop being a self-centered person, and it makes you very humble. Pride is the first marriage breaker."

'Heart attack waiting to happen' isn't always obvious

A new spin on heart attack stories was the case of 54-year-old Tom Bare: Thin, active, and a healthy eater, he still required heart bypass surgery because of plaque buildup. His family history was indicative: both maternal grandparents died of heart attacks, and his mother and brother both required heart surgery. While they disagreed on the details, most CNN.com readers said exercise and healthy eating was its own reward.

ElizaHays said, "Sure, most Americans need to eat more vegetables, fruits, beans and whole grains, but that does not make it a cure for heart disease. I can introduce him to a vegan of 25 years who has had 3 heart attacks with her clear arteries. One of my grannies lived to 98. She used cream on her cereal until she learned she to go 'low fat' and switched to half-and-half for the last 35 years of life. Never had a heart attack or stroke. Half of all heart attacks occur in people with 'normal' or low cholesterol. Look it up."

helicohunter said, "This article only tells part of the story, and could lead people to conclude that since good diet and low weight don't protect, why bother trying? The truth is that a small subset of the population has a genetic defect causing cholesterol to be high regardless of diet. These people are at exceptionally high risk and need to have their heart health monitored carefully. For most of us, controlling weight and blood pressure, eating a good diet, and not smoking will offer good protection against heart attacks."

2Real4You said, "Everyone is going to die. Being overweight, smoking, or having diabetes just increases your chances of dying earlier, but sooner or later we are all going to die. Some overweight smokers live till they are 90, and some very healthy people die in their 50s. But being healthy is still better in the long run."

DarthVadik said, "The point is BALANCE folks. There has to be a midpoint, no fried foods all the time, but no vegan crap all the time either. As my grandfather (who lived to be 92) told me, [grandson] eat what my 97-year-old grandfather ate: everything, but in moderation..."

Joejava said, "Strange twist of fate: I used to be a workaholic. Business was booming, and I ate out every day for 10 years. I was fat, slobby and unhealthy. The economy tanked, I started eating at home, prepping my own meals, and because work slowed down, I took up a sport and am in the best shape of my life. Looking back, it was my fault for not maintaining a balance. Who cares about your stupid toys when you're lying in a hospital bed with tubes up the yin yang?

Stan Lee Media, Inc. files suit against 'Conan'

The company founded by comic book legend Stan Lee, Stan Lee Media, is demanding all the profits generated by the remake of the movie "Conan the Barbarian." The company, which filed for bankruptcy in 2001, claims that a former lawyer illegally transferred its rights to the character to another company. CNN.com readers had more to say about the remake itself.

Silentboy741 said, "They should call the cops too, because murder is a felony, and someone butchered this movie."

esteban45 said, "Conan was not an invention of the comics, but by Robert E. Howard in stories that appeared in the magazine 'Weird Tales' back in the 1920s and 1930s. I'm not clear how Marvel can even claim a copyright; I thought Howard's tales are in the public domain." Ealdwulf said, "I though Conan was owned by Dark Horse Comics now? Marvel needs to chill out. Back up Stan before you get dropped!"

Guest12234 said, "If anyone is entitled to money from this movie it's anyone that forked over money to see it."

DVONvX said, "I would pay someone to take AWAY the rights of Conan from me."

JakeOL said, "They should've waited at least till Arnold Schwarzenegger was long gone. He'll always be Conan to me. This guy looks too cartoonish or something. Like they tried to find someone who looked exactly like Conan in a video game then got a makeup artist and hairstylist to do the rest."

dugualla said, "Whoever finally wins the rights to the movie should have to pay damages to anyone who has seen this movie; class action lawsuit I tell you."

RickCain said, "They should harness the vacuum created by the suckage of this film to generate energy for the USA."

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. He's already here, RUFFNUT

    Jesus has already returned. Only those who love him and faithfully follow his commands are aware that he is here seperating his true followers from the phonies. Once that is finished, then his "second coming" as most view it will occur. This is when he puts all of those who do not love God out of their misery.

    August 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • True Believer

      @Ruffnutt: He is here and he operates under the following aliases:
      Jim Cameron, John Conner, James Carville, Jim Carrey, Jeezy, Young Hova, Ludacris, Cris Angel, Tim Tebow, Batman and a whole host of others. Lol He pretends to be evil so he can test you, essentially creating a monster then pretending to cure it.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. Holy Matrimony

    Holy matrimony involves God, who is holy... seperate and distinct from the false gods many people worship Marriages that do not abide by God's righteous standards have great difficulties, and more times than not, end in divorce. God hates divorces so much, the only ones he recognizes are those based on the grounds of adultery, when one mate cheats on the other. Divorce- rates and the rates by which people cheat on each other go hand-in-hand. Less cheating translates into less divorces, no matter the religion.

    August 27, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hughena da Silva

      I married a man 13 yrs older than me, at 18 yrs old. I returned to the Lord 10 yrs later, without Whom I couldn't have managed. Next year we will be married 50 years! I still trust he will repent and be saved. Neither of us believe in divorce.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    There is a difference between getting married and Holy Matrimony.
    Period.

    August 27, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. slider

    I once lost a sock and now it is found. Thank you Mr. Obama you are fantastic. I also enjoyed your sunset this evening. I can hardly wait to live in your bankrupt and socolist america.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. RUFFNUTT (elf slayer & 15th level human warrior )

    so waht is jesus's position on cow tipping?

    August 28, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. Johnny Cash

    Hi Ruffnutt.. Ye my child may tip cows as long as thou art tipping Kosher cattle..

    August 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. nn528

    Why is this even a study? I feel like this is just targeting a religious area of the country. Divorce is happening all over the country and marriage is difficult no matter what type of relationship you're in. So why do almost all the comments CNN chose to post seem to have something to say about how people who are religious are stupid and their religion is whatv is forcing them to get married and they rush into marriage?

    August 30, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
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