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Minister: Married couples should get off Facebook

A pastor in New Jersey declares that 20 couples in his parish have experienced marital difficulties because of Facebook behavior. He is preaching that all married couples should leave the iniquitous site.

It seems we can't all get along. It seems that everyone is splitting up these days.

Today, one reads of Eva Longoria filing divorce papers against the San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker. Indeed, the Huffington Post now has a whole section devoted just to divorce.

Can we possibly blame the Church of Social Networking, Facebook, for these woes? Or at least some of them? Might Facebook be to blame for creating so many desperate housewives and husbands?

One man of God, the Rev. Cedric Miller, believes that all married couples should close their Facebook accounts in order to protect the sanctity of their marriages.

According to the Associated Press, the pastor of the Living World Christian Fellowship Church in New Jersey declared that, merely in the last six months, 20 couples beneath his wing have fallen into marital woes because one or other partner friended a former paramour on Facebook.

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He is so concerned by the havoc that such online stealth is wreaking on his flock that his first instinct was to order 50 officials of his church to close their accounts or leave their posts.

Sunday, he will reportedly preach that all of his married parishioners should shun Facebook from their Garden of Eden. He told the AP: "The advice will go to the entire church. They'll hear what I'm asking of my church leadership. I won't mandate it for the entire congregation, but I hope people will follow my advice."

It seems that the minister has already suggested to all of his married believers that they should exchange their Facebook passwords with their spouses. Which, some might say, aligns him with Mark Zuckerberg in the belief that privacy does not exist.

"The temptation is just too great," the Rev. Miller, who is married, told the AP. He is, indeed, closing his own Facebook account, which he used to communicate with his six children.

However, one wonders just what the consequences might be if not everyone follows his advice. Will the Facebook status of your marriage define it as strong or weak? Will it become, as they say in the romance business, a deal-breaker for a husband to reveal his Facebook password? What if that password is actually the first name of his former lover? Or, indeed, of his first wife?

This social networking thing is attacking the very fundaments of our society. How can we defend ourselves from its relentless battering of our mores? Let's start a Facebook group and talk about it.