Saturday, May 10, 2008

Stop having babies!

...says a Baptist minister (whose sobriquet is "Buzz"). The headline is "Might our Religion be Killing Us?" Found at Creative Minority Report.
We all remember the Aztecs. Some say their religion, with its penchant for violence and human sacrifice, played a critical role in the destruction of their civilization. We moderns are far more sophisticated, of course, but if we persist with some of our religious practices, we could be heading down the same disastrous dog trot. Sort of a reverse Noah story. Noah is credited with saving humanity during the big flood. We could be the ones who get blamed for destroying it.
Yeah, we're so sophisticated, we just tear our babies apart limb from limb in their mothers' wombs. Um-hmmm, sophisticated.
Of course, much of our environmental problem is due to overpopulation. There are simply too many people for the planet to sustain — at least the way we expect to be sustained. Each new person requires more food, water and oxygen. At the same time, each is producing more carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and methane (the big culprits of global warming). For each additional human, planet Earth (and the rest of us) pays a price. The world knows where this is all headed. In fact, we even devote an entire day — Earth Day, which we'll mark Tuesday — to promote awareness.
Has he been channeling Bishopess Kate Schori-Jefferts (except she blames cow flatulence)? Regardless, I guess he's not heard that Europe is in a demographic downward spiral...So who's the culprit here? *cue in Jaws theme*
Now, consider the Roman Catholic Church's continued opposition to modern birth control or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' (i.e. Mormons) encouragement of large families. This might not alarm you unless you realize that nearly one in every five humans on the planet is Roman Catholic and that the Latter-day Saints belong to one of the fastest-growing religions in the Western Hemisphere. Many Orthodox Jews and some Muslims also eschew birth control.
Ooooooooooooooooo, stop! Religion is killing us, especially those Catholics! They're going to over-run the earth!
In the interest of preserving our planet and our species, shouldn't religious organizations be encouraging smaller families? Do our spiritual leaders need additional divine revelation to realize that our current doctrines — which threaten to take the entire world down with us — have become ethically and theologically questionable?
Divine revelation like what? A-la Monty Python giant foot stomping down the earth? Buzz, dear, whom are you calling theologically questionable again? This next section shows it ain't us Catholics, dear.
Population growth hits hardest in the poorest nations, and as poverty increases, public health declines. I am quite certain that God is not the author of human misery, but by preaching against birth control at the same time we are preaching against abortion, it seems that we're making God out as cruel, a buffoon, or both.
Unflippingbelievable. Time to drag out my Breeder graphic.


DimBulb said...

Are you sure his nickname isn't buzzard?

frival said...

I love the pic, Argent! God bless large families!