Are Big Families Causing an Ecological Crisis?
- Thursday, September 18, 2008
Prince Philip is famous as the consort to the reigning British monarch, Elizabeth II. He and his children have done much to bring that royal house into disrepute. Prince Philip has sought to burnish his reputation by taking on ecological issues as a personal cause. This has been hard for the duke to pull off, given his penchant for pheasant shooting and fox hunting. As Kermit the Frog might advise the duke, "It isn't easy being green."
The other figure to warn against large families in recent days is Paul Ehrlich, author of the scaremongering 1968 bestseller, The Population Bomb. The on-line magazine Salon recently interviewed Ehrlich, along with several others.
In the Salon interview, Ehrlich suggested that every couple "should have slightly fewer than two children." Then he said this:
I believe it is immoral and should be illegal for people to have very large numbers of children because they are then co-opting for themselves and their children resources that should be spread elsewhere in the world. You only get a chance to get your fair share.
Look closely at those words. Ehrlich, a professor at Stanford University argues that "it is immoral and should be illegal" for couples to have "very large numbers of children." Immoral? Should be illegal?
Ehrlich even finds good things to say about totalitarian China's "one child only" policy. "The Chinese government, by the way, is the only government that has connected population numbers to global warming, and pointed out how much they have saved in the way of CO2 emissions by their family-planning policy," Ehrlich explained.
Later, Ehrlich allowed that perhaps a change in tax policy would suffice. "You could simply raise the taxes very high on people who have beyond two children."
The most amazing thing about this interview is that anyone would take Paul Ehrlich seriously -- but the ideological Left still does. Ehrlich has been spectacularly wrong time and time again. In the 1960s, he predicted mass starvation around the world that would threaten the existence of humanity. It didn't happen. In the 1970s, he warned that within the next decade all major species in the oceans would be dead. Didn't happen. He warned that great smog attacks in New York City would kill hundreds of thousands in the city in 1973. Didn't happen. He once predicted that there was a good chance that London would not even exist in the year 2000. We can assume that the interview with Prince Philip is a sign that London still exists.
He has been wrong again, and again, and again. He is still taken seriously by many on the Left because he tells them what they want to hear -- and they want to hear that big families are a threat to humanity.
These two interviews, coming to public attention within a few days of each other, are indications of the worldview clash all around us. The response to large families with several children is now like a litmus test that reveals what we really think about the family, about children, and about humanity. Remember that the next time you see that multiple passenger van pull up in the church parking lot. Do you smile?
In addition to being one of Salem’s nationally syndicated radio talk show hosts, R. Albert Mohler, Jr. is the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and recognized as one of America’s leading theologians and cultural commentators. Contact Dr. Mohler at email@example.com.
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