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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2013 at 2:34pm

Carl, you go in the direction of thought that works for me:

"but studies show that people who are more educated, monetarily viable, and less religious have less children.  It also helps if you don't have government trying to shut down women's health care clinics and denying access to birth control, as is the case in the US A particularly strong effort for birth control needs to take place in poorer communities and in 'third world' countries. "

Education is definitely part of the answer and the challenge is to find ways that do not dictate. You are correct about keeping open and safe all women's health care clinics and promoting family planning. 

Freethinkers, like herding cats, may not work, however, there may be an answer through promotion of critical thinking as a societal good. 

When I was in China, Chinese women wanted family planning and they have a very good contraception program ... short of killing live births, which they do. That goes too far for my value system. Women want family planning and men want sex. Now, how do we resolve that dilemma? 

Comment by Ian Mason on May 1, 2013 at 2:26pm

Agreed, Chris. The tendency in Denmark is that the children/grandchildren of immigrants (the majority from Turkey) are becoming intergrated in lifestyle and only nominally muslim.

Large families are mostly the result of high infant mortality and no reliable pensions or social security for the vast majority. As societies develop, numbers become more stable.

Immigration/emmigration: seen the news from Bangladesh? Do you wonder people want to get out? How far would YOU go to improve your family's  life?

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2013 at 2:26pm

Chris, I like your option. I wonder if there are other things we can do? Maybe educate people of the role of nature's processes to create a healthy culture. I don't like mono-cultures either, but I don't like breeding colonies, whether Christian, Muslim or whaever. Educating parents to question authority ... ops that smells of fascism. Well, I'll have to think about this one. 

Comment by Plinius on May 1, 2013 at 2:16pm

Then what would you do, outbreed them? The best I can think of is contact their children and make them think. And refusing immigration doesn't help either, the young are thrown into the world, in this country or another. Here is better of course, then you can help them with their education and the second-generation immigrants have fewer children than their parents. More immigrants lessens the religious pressure of the xtian fundies. If there's one thing I don't like, it's a monoculture, so put on the mixer... 

Comment by Steph S. on May 1, 2013 at 10:49am

I made this lolcat for the group!

Hope you all are having a good day.

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Comment by Steph S. on May 1, 2013 at 10:29am

Flying Atheist love the cat reading and the flowers.

I like David Attenborough too Joan.

That a cute pic booklover. Funny.

it is Wednesday. Hump day.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 1, 2013 at 7:53am

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 1, 2013 at 7:52am

It's May 1st, 68-degrees and sunny.  It finally officially feels like Spring!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 1, 2013 at 7:45am

I know the topic of population control is a touchy subject, especially for many religious people.  Having children is not only their god-given right, it's their god-given command.  I don't think we could ever legislate population control in the Western world the way it's done in China, but studies show that people who are more educated, monetarily viable, and less religious have less children.  It also helps if you don't have government trying to shut down women's health care clinics and denying access to birth control, as is the case in the US A particularly strong effort for birth control needs to take place in poorer communities and in 'third world' countries. 

 

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