An article in the July Ensign provides a short list of dangerous threats to the home. In the article, BYU professor Shirley Klein recounts how early Mormon women used brooms and rolling pins to defend their homes from snakes and tarantulas. She then writes,
Though many of us may not have to worry about tarantulas and snakes invading our homes, we have even more dangerous influences threatening us. Our tarantulas and snakes are moral ones, and they are ever so subtle. They include disdain for household work, the difficulty of holding family mealtimes, changing roles for mothers and fathers, abortion, and the erosion of marriage through divorce, co-habitation, and same-sex marriage.
Yep, that’s the list. More dangerous than snakes or tarantulas. Divorce, abortion, same-sex marriage, and kids who don’t want to do the dishes or sit down for dinner. These are truly the moral tarantulas of our time.
The next time my son complains about doing the dishes, I guess I’m going to have to whack him with a moral rolling pin.