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A column in FT Magazine (a Saturday-Sunday supplement to Financial Times) stated: "The sex workers of Tampa, Florida, and Charlotte, North Carolina, can get ready for a spike in business at the end of next summer: the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, respectively, are coming to town. In the last electoral cycle, the political jamborees were held in Denver and Minneapolis—and there seems to have been a coincidental surge in the local market for sex" (Sept. 3-4, 2011).

This prospect is reminiscent of an across-the-board decline in traditional moral standards. Some 23 million Americans watched on TV as the royal couple William and Kate were married in London in April. And yet The Economist remarked on "the sorry state of marriage across the United States," noting that "data from the Census Bureau show that married couples, for the first time, now make up less than half (45%) of all households" ("The Decline of Marriage: For Richer, for Smarter," June 25, 2011).

A USA Today article stated that "more couples are living together, a trend that is affecting all marriage rates" (Haya El Nasser, "Black-White Marriages Increasing," Sept. 21, 2011).

The gradual abandonment of traditional marriage for a whole host of ultimately destructive alternative lifestyles remains at the root of the decline in national morality. Prostitution is just one symptom of the overall problem. More and more, the laws of God are carelessly disregarded.

If you would like to read about the biblical solutions to these serious social ills, request or download our free booklet Marriage and Family: The Missing Dimension. (Sources: FT Magazine, The Economist, USA Today.)