The fruits of the sexual revolution continue to drop from the tree --- the waves of sexually transmitted diseases; the abortions; the divorce rate and the subsequent damage to all parties; the ever-escalating rise in sex crimes; and the heartbreaks created by shame, exploitation, and distrust.
And, oh yes --- as this report from USA Today reminds us, out-of-wedlock births in the United States have climbed to an all-time high. Nearly 40% of all babies born in the country are born to unmarried moms!
It is a sad statistic. But, make no mistake; the word "illegitimate" should never be used of the children themselves. They are innocent of any wrong in the matter.
No; illegitimacy, in this case, should be reserved for the parents who think so little of their child (and, for that matter, of themselves and of God) that they ignore such a basic responsibility as marriage.