Friday, October 21, 2005

What Evil Reads Like

Just read Mark Morford's disgusting attack on the Duggar family and their 16 children if you want to see the contempt in which the left holds families, especially religious ones:
Mean and callous to suggest that this bizarre Duggar family of 18 spotless, white, hyperreligious, interchangeable people with alarmingly bad hair -- the kids ranging in ages from 1 to 17 -- is worse than those nuked Smurfs in that UNICEF commercial and worse than all the horrific rubble in Pakistan and worse than the cluster-bomb nightmare that is Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise having a child as they suck the skin from each other's Scientological faces and even worse than that huge 16-foot python that ate that 6-foot alligator and then exploded.

Perhaps the point is this: Why does this sort of bizarre hyperbreeding only seem to afflict antiseptic megareligious families from the Midwest? In other words -- assuming Michelle and Jim Bob and their brood of cookie-cutter Christian kidbots will never be allowed near a decent pair of designer jeans or a tolerable haircut from a recent decade, and assuming that they will all be tragically encoded with the values of the homophobic asexual Christian right -- where are the forces that shall help neutralize their effect on culture? Where is the counterbalance to offset the damage?

You already know why. It is the Biggest Reason of All. Children are, after all, God's little gifts. Kids are little blessings from the Lord, the Almighty's own screaming spitballs of joy. Hell, Jim Bob said so himself when asked if the couple would soon be going for a 17th rug rat: "We both just love children and we consider each a blessing from the Lord. I have asked Michelle if she wants more, and she said yes, if the Lord wants to give us some she will accept them." This is what he actually said. And God did not strike him dead on the spot.

Let us be clear: I don't care what sort of God you believe in, it's a safe bet that hysterical breeding does not top her list of desirables. God does not want more children per acre than there are ants or mice or garter snakes or repressed pedophilic priests. We already have 3 billion humans on the planet who subsist on less than $2 a day. Every other child in the world (1 billion of them) lives in abject poverty. We are burning through the planet's resources faster than a Republican can eat an endangered caribou stew.

Note to Michelle Duggar: If God wanted you to have a massive pile of children, she'd have given your uterus a hydraulic pump and a revolving door. Stop it now.

Ah, but this is America, yes? People should be allowed to do whatever they want with their families if they can afford it and if it's within the law and so long as they aren't gay or deviant or happily flouting Good Christian Values, right? Shouldn't they? Hell, gay couples still can't openly adopt a baby in most states (they either lie, or one adopts and the other must apply as the co-parent), but Michelle Duggar can pop out 16 kids and no one says, "Oh my freaking God, stop it, stop it now, you thoughtless, selfish, baby-drunk people."
My Comments:
I know others have already blogged extensively on this. And I'm not really going to be able to add anything substantially to the discussion.

But I wanted to post something about this individual's anti-family/anti-child screed as a record of what evil reads like, so that one day, when "one-child" policies, forced abortions, eugenics, and other like measures are forced upon us by those who "know better", we can look back and say "It started with editorials like that one."

UPDATE (23 Oct 2005):
(Hat tip: Holy Fool)

Tony Miller of Catholic Pillow Fight does an excellent job of frisking the Morford piece. Do yourself a favor and read it!

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At 10/21/2005 7:21 PM, Blogger Rick Lugari said...

I agree. Evil. Reading it you can tell that it stems from a venomous hatred.

At 10/21/2005 9:15 PM, Blogger Scarlette said...

Well, I suppose as a Catholic I'm not supposed to say this but I think 16 children is too many.

I guarantee you that the older kids are the ones who are doing most of the care-giving and the mother just concentrates on the newborn baby. That may sound so sweet to some people but I think if we looked into the daily lives of that family you would find a lot of children who feel like they are lost in a sea of other kids without any individual attention.

I won't even comment on what the chaos must be like.

Of course I may be totally wrong and they may have a way to give each of their children individual time without making it feel like it's a scheduled appointment with Mom and Dad.

I would like somebody who came from a family of maybe more than 6 children to tell me they didn't feel like "just another one of the kids".

At 10/22/2005 7:10 PM, Blogger Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

Scarlette, take a look at their FAQ . It looks quite wonderful to me.

I came from a family of 6 kids; no, I never felt lost in the crowd. Still don't.

Remember Psalm 127:3-5.

At 10/23/2005 10:50 AM, Blogger Scarlette said...

I read their page when you posted it(the link) on your blog and it does seem as if they function well as a very large family. I imagined children wandering aimlessly, but from what they say, their day is totally scheduled and everyone is accounted for and not playing in the street.

I come from a family of 7, and I never felt lost either. My parents made shopping trips as our individual time with them. But I don't know how a family of 16 can make that kind of time.

I don't know how necessary it is, but I think it is importatnt to give a child a sense of security in knowing that they haven't been forgotten or overlooked.

I do recognize that God knows what
He's doing and it appears He has chosen a decent family to give sooooo many children to. (With the funds to do it.)

At 10/27/2005 11:56 AM, Blogger JJ said...

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At 10/27/2005 11:57 AM, Blogger JJ said...

As someone on the left, I can tell you I don't hate families, I'm not anti-religion, etc. By saying these things, you show you're not interested in fostering debate, just fostering your one world view of how life should be... Could this be considered anti-thought? Probably.

In any event, I think 16 children is probably too many. I'm not sure what the health ramifications of this are for Mrs. Duggar, although she does seem healthy. Apparently financially they are doing well enough to afford it, so I'm not worried about a burden on society. But like scarlette said, perhaps each of the children is not getting the personal attention they really need and deserve at one time; not only that, what type of effects could having to be responsible for another child at such a young age do to the older children?

Mostly, though, I don't care. If this is the way they choose to live their lives - by accepting what "God" has given them and whatever else he would choose to give - then great for them. It's not anyone else's right to comment.

At 1/24/2007 11:55 AM, Blogger Fidei Defensor said...

The real issue here of course is not the family with the 16 children but rather what they symbolize to the secular left. Sex for the sake of procreation as opposed to sex-in-the-city style one night stands for one thing. Furthemore the realization that demographically traditional minded religious people have an advantage (thus all the more desperation for leftists to hold onto the media and education, in order to turn those children.)

I know for a fact that familes with four kids somtimes get rude comments about it, I can only imagine it gets exponentially worse the more you have.

The sad truth is that there are people in America who would love to see China style population control. They brand large familes as the ultimate global irresponsibility. I somtimes think this springs from their own guilt though, a guilt that allows them to take credit for doing their share to curb what Ebenezer Scrooge called, "the surplus population."

I wonder if we will ever see a time in America's future where instead of child tax credits, familes have to pay an extra pennalty tax on each child they have?


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