Jim Bob (Can you believe that’s actually his name?) and Michelle Duggar are at it again. They’ve now had nineteen kids, and there’s no end in sight. But why am I complaining? It’s there business how many kids they have, right?
I see several problems with anyone having more than five or so kids. First, pregnancy is really hard on your body. One or two times is ok, but nineteen? Honestly, I’m surprised Michelle made it through this one with nothing worse than preeclampsia. Plus, the older the mother the higher risk the child is born with Down’s Syndrome or other birth defects. It’s a danger to mother and child.
Second, we have way too many people on this planet. Sure, there’s more room, but are there more resources? People are starving; even areas in the US are short on water. Should we add more of a burden? Imagine the Duggars have twenty kids. And then each of those twenty kids have twenty kids. And on, and on, and on…
Third, there’s a rather disturbing reason for the Duggars’ masses of children. They belong to a conservative Christian group called Quiverfull, which advocates having lots of children. They believe that each child is God’s gift, and any birth control – or even family planning – is against his will. More disturbingly, their name alludes to a Bible passage describing children as a ‘quiver full of arrows’. Part of their mission is to have as many Christian children as possible to further the (conservative) Christian cause.
Now, if the idea of a bunch of conservative Christians building a baby army disturbs you, you’re not alone. It seems sort of cheap to win the numbers game by out-reproducing your competitors. And since people with common sense usually don’t have so many kids, we’re going down. Then again, the child doesn’t always follow the parent.
Basically, there are lots of good reasons not to have a load of kids. I don’t recommend it. There are easier ways to take over the world. I mean, that’s got to be the most painful.