FRR Oct 2013 | Belief in God versus Belief in Man

The first commandment to mankind recorded in the Bible [1] — “be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it” — is social. The God of the Bible gave man the ability to control (“subdue”) the earth. He also commanded man to have children and to increase in number. That having children — the ‘fruit of sex’ — is specifically commanded suggests the possibility that societies tend naturally toward social suicide.

The primacy of this command is evident in President Teddy Roosevelt’s concern about, and condemnation of, growing fruitlessness [2]:

There are many good people who are denied the supreme blessing of children, and for these we have the respect and sympathy always due to those who, from no fault of their own, are denied any of the other great blessings of life. But the man or woman who deliberately foregoes these blessings, whether from viciousness, coldness, shallow-heartedness, self-indulgence, or mere failure to appreciate aright the difference between the all-important and the unimportant — why, such a creature merits contempt as hearty as any visited upon the soldier who runs away in battle, or upon the man who refuses to work for the support of those dependent upon him, and who though able-bodied is yet content to eat in idleness the bread which others provide.…

The existence of women of this type forms one of the most unpleasant and unwholesome features of modern life…. If either a race or an individual prefers the pleasure of more effortless ease, of self-indulgence, to the infinitely deeper, the infinitely higher pleasures that come to those who know the toil and the weariness, but also the joy, of hard duty well done, why, that race or that individual must inevitably in the end pay the penalty of leading a life both vapid and ignoble. No man and no woman really worthy of the name can care for the life spent solely or chiefly in the avoidance of risk and trouble and labor. Save in exceptional cases the prizes worth having in life must be paid for, and the life worth living must be a life of work for a worthy end, and ordinarily of work more for others than for one’s self.

Today, even as our mastery of the earth grows exponentially, we have turned from God and ancient wisdom to psychiatric experts for our loadstar. Psychiatrist Robert Seidenberg wrote back in 1973 [3]:

The homosexual culture is a valuable asset to civilization. There is already an abundant supply of heterosexuals — as our ecologists are warning us perhaps too ample a supply. We may live to see the day when those who renounce traditional family life, as homosexuals have, will become the new ecological cult heroes.

With President Barack Obama’s recent comments [4], Seidenberg’s prediction has now come to pass:

When it comes to people’s basic freedoms, that whether you are discriminating on the basis of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, you are violating the basic morality that I think should transcend every country.… I have no patience for countries that try to treat gays or lesbians or transgender persons in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them.

Vice-President Joe Biden confirmed our ‘new era’ as well [5]:

I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly, I don’t see much of a distinction — beyond that.

When President Roosevelt spoke a century ago, American women were producing about 3.5 children each — well above the 2.1 needed for population stability. Yet he sensed a trend toward rejection of childbearing, due in large part to man’s progress in controlling the earth. When President Obama spoke earlier this year, the U.S. fertility rate was under two, and the rate for the rest of Western civilization was about 1.5. Roosevelt was prescient indeed.

Of course, there is more to what was, and is, going on than homosexuality. In 1798, Thomas Malthus published Essay on the Principle of Population, arguing that population naturally increased faster than the supply of food and material goods could be produced. Having kids was inevitable, but the means to sustain them would generally fall short. Malthus greatly influenced Charles Darwin and other members of the elite. Today we often hear his notion in a more anti-human form: ‘man harms the environment and children should be sharply reduced (or eliminated) to benefit animals and plants.’

Irrespective of need or logic — given what our elite believes is a crisis of too many children — homosexuals went from pariah to those who ought to be privileged (note that the obese or unattractive do not have special ‘civil rights,’ at least not yet). From meriting “contempt” (Roosevelt), homosexuality has became a basic “freedom” (Obama) and its practitioners “entitled to the same exact rights” (Biden). Even though they do not contribute to posterity, homosexuals are “a valuable asset to civilization” (Obama). Might our national motto change from ‘In God we trust’ to ‘We Celebrate Sex’?

Roosevelt did not anticipate how strongly anti-child the U.S. would become after WWII:

  • 1948: U.S. advisors got the Japanese to make abortion readily available;
  • 1960: ‘the pill’ went into wide distribution;
  • 1962: Illinois became the first state to legalize homosexuality;
  • 1965: the U.S. Supreme Court eliminated many future children with Griswold. Connecticut, concerned about falling birthrates, had made the sale of contraceptives illegal. The Supreme Court discovered the ‘right’ to use contraceptives in the Constitution (dubbed the “right of privacy” for the married), and abrogated Connecticut’s law. Now the pill was legally available to the married, at a time when most children were born within marriage.
  • 1967: California Gov. Ronald Reagan signed the first state law legalizing abortion.
  • 1968: The Population Bomb by Stanford professor Paul Ehrlich was published to acclaim across academia and the media. It led to the Zero Population Growth movement;
  • 1972: The U.S. Supreme Court (Eisenstadt) discovered that if married people had a right to privacy and thus contraception, so must the unmarried. The court also declared that any discrimination because of marital status was “irrational.”
  • 1973: The U.S. Supreme Court (Roe v. Wade) said if you had a right to contraception, you should have the right to abort (note: if babies are the world’s single greatest problem, it makes sense to get rid of some of them, especially those who might be born to the lower class);
  • 1973: The American Psychiatric Association discovered that the personality problems associated with homosexual tastes were bogus, declaring homosexuality “normal.”
  • 1978: Gov. Ronald Reagan’s opposition defeats the Briggs Amendment, which would have protected children by banning open homosexuals from the school system.

Moses (Deuteronomy 32) and the apostle Paul (Romans 1) called embrace of homosexuality the ultimate expression of society’s ‘natural’ tendency toward death. And, under their influence, until the last few of decades, the average person almost never heard about homosexuality. FRI’s study of the Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature (the old-time Google) revealed that homosexuality was mentioned twice in the decade from 1922–1931 (a voracious reader might have run into it once every five years). By 1951–1962 it went up to 35 mentions or about three per year (see figure below).

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Steeped in the chutzpa of mastering nature, our elite has largely abandoned listening to Moses, Paul, or the God they represented. Google news now runs an average of 8 news items per day on homosexuality. Translating Google into Reader’s Guide equivalents is uncertain, but surely we are exposed to at least 2,500 per year. We (and our impressionable children) are ‘blessed’ with homosexuality 24/7.

Let us count those ‘blessings:’ in days of old, we would have missed (1) homosexual activists pushing for greater and greater special rights at the expense of religious freedom and Christian social influence; (2) exposure of our children to ‘homosexual love and sex techniques’; (3) TV and movies extolling homosexuality; ad nausium.

Other civilizations have become so indulgent and self-centered that they failed to produce enough children and died out. Surely, the ‘wisdom’ of our elite — from professors to President — will keep the same thing from happening to us?!

  1. Genesis 1:28
  2. Speech to National Congress of Mothers, March 13, 1905.

  3. (1973) Accursed race. In H. Ruitenbeek (ed) Homosexuality: A Changing Picture. London.

  4. August 9, 2013
  5. September 15, 2013