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Pat McMahon

Updated Apr 17, 2014 - 6:32 am

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Do you consider yourself a moral person?

Hold it...let's define the issues here. First, what do you mean by "moral" and where in the world do you live?

This week, the Pew Research Center issued the results of an international survey regarding what is morally unacceptable, morally acceptable or not a moral issue.

Citizens of 40 countries were interviewed with often surprising results. For example: The U.N. need not fear any longer about U.S. and Russia in conflict, as both countries are in absolute agreement on the subject of the use of contraceptives. Just 7 percent of both Americans and Russians consider contraceptives to be morally unacceptable, while 65 percent of Pakistanis do. Clearly that explains why there are so many Pakistanis.

Americans who were asked about extramarital affairs were strongly opposed, something like 84 percent. Of the 40 nations who responded to the question of infidelity, only one -- France -- had fewer than 50 percent who were opposed.

After all, when French children say they want to grow up to be president of France, many of their moms must say, "Sweetheart, your father is president of France."

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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