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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have a clear plan for their family. Shortly after their son, Archie, was born, Harry told conservationist Jane Goodall that, where children are concerned, their goal is “two, maximum!”
This remark is rather disconcerting. Not due to the size of their projected family –that’s an individual matter, of course. No, it is due to the motivation behind it. Prince Harry said this is “for the sake of the planet.”
The royal family’s decision is the result of a certain brand of eco-science that is promoted in today’s culture. Not only does this school of thought pretend to dictate what we eat (just consider the threat of greenhouse gases from all those cows!), what will heat and cool our homes, and what will power our automobiles and other forms of transportation – it now seeks to regulate the size of our families.
Yes, if we genuinely cared for our planet, we would limit the number of children to be born, for this is the noble thing to do.
In a warped way, this makes sense – especially since we’re told the greatest existential threat of our age is now upon us. Politicians have gone on record that we have twelve years before the imminent collapse of the ecosystem due to climate change, if we don’t immediately do something (i.e., whatever happens to be their proposed agenda). The hysteria fomented by these climate doomsayers is a daily staple. To question their propositions makes you a “climate-denier,” which is clearly on the list of mortal sins.
In 1968, Paul Ehrlich published his book The Population Bomb in which he predicted “hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death” due to the over-population of the earth. While he grudgingly admits now that “many details and timings of events were wrong,” his misguided premise is being recycled today.
Of his solutions, Erlich said, “I hoped that would lead to a low enough total fertility rate that the needed shrinkage of population would follow” to reduce it to feasible size. According to him, that size is between 1.5 and 2 billion people – 5.6 billion less than exist today. That’s quite a bit of shrinkage.
There is no end to this kind of derangement. It ignores the demographic suicide in most of Europe and in other industrialized countries like Japan and China, where birth rates have now fallen below the sustainable limit. Mark Steyn’s America Alone and Jonathan Last’s What to Expect When No One is Expecting both document the population bomb that never exploded.
The real demographic crisis that faces our planet – one that will remake culture, the economy, and politics – is that people are having too few babies. What the “woke” secularists are actually promoting represents an assault on both faith and family.
Psalm 127 calls children “an inheritance from the Lord.” Contrast that with the over 60 million abortions performed in America since Roe v. Wade became law in 1973. Worldwide, that number is astronomical.
My friend, Dr. Robert Hamilton, quoted one Jewish sage as saying: “A child without parents is an orphan, but a nation without children is an orphan people.”
My point is not to dictate how big or small your family should be. But “for the sake of the planet,” I thought a picture of some of the women in our congregation who are expecting is worthy of celebration. To them I say, the planet thanks you!