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Nachtengel
Wednesday, March 21st, 2018, 03:26 AM
Once again, an American fundamentalist Christian has moral objections to how Icelanders live their lives.

As CNN’s The Wonder List points out, having children out of wedlock in Iceland is fairly commonplace, with about 67% of children in Iceland born outside of marriage.

RÚV reports that this has drawn anger and condemnation from American preacher/conspiracy theorist Steven Anderson, who devoted an entire sermon to Iceland entitled “A Nation of Bastards”.

Citing the Old Testament, Steven talks at length about how Icelanders are proud to be a nation of bastards, when in reality they ought to be ashamed, adding that Iceland was a “feminist hell”.

This is not the first time that American fundamentalist Christians have had moral objections to how Icelanders conduct their society. Many American conservative Christians were outraged when Iceland fully legalised same-sex marriage, for example, and also objected to Icelandic efforts to block homophobic preacher Franklin Graham from visiting Iceland.
https://grapevine.is/news/2016/04/27/iceland-a-nation-of-bastards/

The movie:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwTO0jXd5p8

Idis
Wednesday, March 21st, 2018, 02:07 PM
I've seen the documentary, it's pretty good. Despite all the modern values in Iceland, they aren't happy with their lives. They have a high suicide rate as well as taking many antidepressants.

Blutwölfin
Wednesday, March 21st, 2018, 11:56 PM
The unhappiness rather derives from low wages, high prices, tourism destroying the rental market and nature, and foreigners being treated like gods while Icelanders suffer (living in winter on camping sites because they were kicked out of their apartments which are transformed into Airbnb gueshouses; elderly retired people who cannot afford more than toast and lemonade anymore, and a desolate health system). See the other thread about "happiness" in Iceland.

Finnish Swede
Thursday, March 22nd, 2018, 08:08 AM
I've seen the documentary, it's pretty good. Despite all the modern values in Iceland, they aren't happy with their lives. They have a high suicide rate as well as taking many antidepressants.

High suicide rate doesn't mean all. Neither does use of antidepressants. People might behave quite differently in different cultures (if they face same matters, same situation, same challengers, same problems). Suicide here and there? No doubt, the outcome is the same, but the reasons might still be quite different. Also some people will eat (= are willing to eat) antidepressant much easier than some others. Just for case...

Yes. Finland is very famous of both of those, and still it has been listed one of the happiest nation in the world (for quite some time). Now latest....even top 1. (Iceland being third.)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/14/finland-happiest-country-world-un-report