Family planning and the inhumanity of religion

In his book, The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins gives a graphic description of the result of uncontrolled growth of the population of humans on earth. For example, if population growth is not controlled in 500 years people in Latin America will be “packed in standing position, forming a solid human carpet over the whole area of the continent.” But, of course, this won’t happen “for some very good practical reasons. The names of some of these are famine, plague, and war; or, if we are lucky, birth control.” He goes on to point out the inevitable consequence of the lack of birth control:

“It is a simple logical truth that, short of mass emigration into space, with rockets taking off at a rate of several million per second, uncontrolled birth-rates are bound to lead to horribly increased death-rates. It is hard to believe that this simple truth is not understood by those leaders who forbid their followers to use effective contraceptive methods. They express a preference for natural methods of populations, and natural method is exactly what they are going to get. It is called starvation.”

How could these religious leaders be so immoral? How could they be so inhuman?

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One response to “Family planning and the inhumanity of religion

  1. Gee, Ken, instead of ‘religion’, why didn’t you (and Dawkins?) just say Catholics?


    I mean no disrespect to Catholics at all, by the way, and I don’t mean to trivialise the issue, either. Another good question to ask is how do we encourage humans to cease from their in-humane sexual practices? Dare we suggest that intercourse needs to be treated with a degree of respect? Nah, we would sound like a bunch of in-humane religionists, right?



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