Superstition in America

July 13, 2007 | By | 4 Replies More

As if America’s widespread religious beliefs were not evidence enough of America’s superstitious beliefs, last Saturday’s flood of marriages should end any speculation. l refer, of course, to the relatively large number of Americans who jumped at the chance to get married on July 7, 2007 — reportedly on the belief that 07-07-07 would be their “lucky number.” Indeed, according to some wedding planners, the rate of marriages last Saturday was three times the usual rate — a staggering acknowledgement that many Americans put their faith in luck and superstition.

So, here’s my question: when large numbers of heterosexual American couples believe that a “lucky day” will bless their marriage — and they treat marriage with the sort of superstition that most people apply to the purchase of a lottery ticket — and absolutely no one complains about it, then what standing do Americans have to suggest that homosexual couples would somehow undermine the institution of marriage? Exactly what remains of the “sanctity” of marriage when so many heterosexual couples in America chuck sanctity straight out the window and absolutely nobody cares?  When heterosexuals can get married in drive-through chapels in Vegas, in Walmart stores or even dressed up as clowns, and when half of all heterosexual marriages end in divorce, exactly what support exists for the ridiculous suggestion that heterosexuals are protecting the sanctity of marriage by excluding homosexual couples?  When you have reduced marriage to a circus event, when you have kept it available to serial killers on death row or to rich octagenarians who wed twenty-something strippers (e.g., Anna Nicole Smith), exactly what is gained (other than pure bigotry) by banning it among homosexual couples?


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Grumpypilgrim is a writer and management consultant living in Madison, WI. He has several scientific degrees, including a recent master’s degree from MIT. He has also held several professional career positions, none of which has been in a field in which he ever took a university course. Grumps is an avid cyclist and, for many years now, has traveled more annual miles by bicycle than by car…and he wishes more people (for the health of both themselves and our planet) would do the same. Grumps is an enthusiastic advocate of life-long learning, healthy living and political awareness. He is single, and provides a loving home for abused and abandoned bicycles. Grumpy’s email: grumpypilgrim(AT)@gmail(DOT).com [Erich’s note: Grumpy asked that his email be encrypted this way to deter spam. If you want to write to him, drop out the parentheticals in the above address].

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  1. reader says:

    Could it be more likely that the people just like the novelty of 7/7/7 as an anniversary date, than actually believing that it's a lucky number? It is easy to remember.

  2. Matt says:

    I'm another one voting for novelty rather than superstition. I really wasn't aware that 7 was a lucky number. But if it is superstition, maybe people think homosexuals are bad luck? *eye roll*

  3. Erich Vieth says:

    I think it's bad luck of you to have written this post on Friday the 13th.

  4. grumpypilgrim says:

    The story I saw on the morning television news interviewed various people who got married on 07/07/07. The interviewees all said they were hoping the date would bring them good luck in their marriages. If novelty were sole the objective, as some of the above comments suggest, then plenty of other dates would suffice (01/02/03, 01/01/01, etc.). To Matt's comment: yes, many people consider 7 to be a lucky number, which is why so many people chose 07/07/07 as opposed to, for instance, 06/06/06, 05/05/05, etc.

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