Friday, December 20, 2013

The National Association of Adulterers is too busy to worry about Duck Dynasty

Last night, I wrote a post that discussed Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson's paraphrase of I Corinthians 6:9-10, and how those verses actually name a number of different types of people. I then said:

As far as I know, A&E Networks received no critical comments from the National Association of Adulterers, the Society of Slanderers, or the Drunk Dudes at the End of the Bar.

Now I made up those so-called organizational names, but then I began wondering if there truly is, say, a National Association of Adulterers. I'm still not sure about that, but there is a company that clearly and explicitly promotes adultery.

The company is a Canadian company called Avid Dating Life, Inc. Its most well-known website is Ashley Madison.

I was wondering if the Ashley Madison folks were petitioning A&E, asking that Phil Robertson be taken off the air. But it turns out that Ashley Madison is busy with its own problems.

“Life is short,” the Ashley Madison website coos. “Have an affair.”

Robert Schindler of Charlotte says his ex-wife did just that.

So, Schindler is suing her alleged partner in the tryst, along with Ashley Madison and its Canadian corporate parent, Avid Dating Life Inc.

You may ask yourself how Ashley Madison itself can be liable in such a case. It turns out that Schindler, a resident of North Carolina, can take advantage of that state's laws.

North Carolina remains one of only a half-dozen states that still awards punitive damages when a marriage fails and someone other than the husband and wife is to blame....

In 2010, a Guilford County jury awarded a wife a $9 million judgment against her husband’s mistress.

That same year, a Chapel Hill physician won almost $6 million from her former best friend, whom she had invited to visit and help her get ready for her first child and who had an affair with the physician’s husband.

In 2011, a Wake County judge handed down the largest alienation award in the state’s history – $30 million – after the former wife of a Raleigh business owner sued the current one.

This case involves a much lower amount - more than $10,000.

If I were Schindler's former wife, I'd be insulted at the paltry amount.

But perhaps Schindler doesn't want to be greedy...since that's condemned in I Corinthians 6:9-10 also.
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