Smart People vs. Children

Why should “educated” people loathe families with more than 1.8 children?

Yesterday The New Yorker featured a column criticizing presidential candidate Rick Santorum. Columnists are certainly welcome to praise or criticize any candidate they choose, but the hateful tone and the substance of the attack reveal bare-knuckled bigotry.

John Cassidy criticized Santorum’s religious faith and his being a father to “seven kids”! Where are the hate speech police?

John Cassidy wrote, “To educated liberals of almost any description, Santorum is an abomination. It’s not just that he’s a pro-life, anti-gay, anti-contraception Roman Catholic of the most retrogressive and diehard Opus Dei variety. It’s his entire persona. With his seven kids, his Jaycee fashion code, his nineteen-seventies colonial MacMansion in northern Virginia, his irony bypass, he seems to delight in outraging self-styled urban sophisticates: the sort of folks who buy organic milk, watch The Daily Show, and read the New York Times (and The New Yorker, of course). [emphasis added]
To read full article

In a nation short on committed fathers, why criticize a seemingly exemplary dad?

Here are two quotations that I would like to mount in John Cassidy’s office:
“How can there be too many children?
“That is like saying there are too many flowers.”

attributed to Mother Teresa, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

“Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift?
“The fruit of the womb his generous legacy?”

(Psalm 127:3, Message)


About Ben Unseth

Executive Director at Project Understanding (2014-2017), social service agency in Ventura, CA
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