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]
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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)