The future belongs to the families that reproduce

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Sep 22, 2004

Arch-liberal columnist Ellen Goodman of the Boston Globe thinks it's foolish for liberals to worry about the statistics showing that conservatives have more children.

It's nice that Goodman doesn't propose restraining the right of conservatives to procreate. She think it's OK for us to have babies, because those babies will grow up to read Boston Globe columnists, and she's confident of converting them into liberals by the time they're old enough to vote.

In fact, maybe too confident. My children aren't turning into liberals; they've been inoculated against the sort of logic (if you can call it that) that the Boston Globe employs.

But if you start worrying about the mini-baby-boom among conservative Christian families, you're forced to look at the flip side of that story: the liberals who are aborting and contracepting themselves into oblivion. Liberals aren't ready to do that.

So Ellen Goodman says that liberals shouldn't worry about it. I think they should be worried. But they're not listening to me.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 26, 2004 6:25 PM ET USA

    I'm with you, Sir G. That insidious thread of selfish, "rational" thinking poisons a hefty number of Catholic unions. Modern couples are often over-zealous to fulfill professional and material goals, endlessly postponing parenthood til "they're ready", just as effectively undoing the natural, receptive approach to marital love that chemical and barrier contraceptives manages to do. These people simply shouldn't be married...

  • Posted by: - Sep. 25, 2004 12:00 AM ET USA

    Maybe Ellen Goodman sees what we don't. That orthodox Catholics have their own method of birth limitation, NFP. Catholics can limit their families for all sorts superfical reasons - now with a clear conscience. There really aren't that many large families anymore. And with every generation, the reasons get more and more superficial, and the families get smaller and smaller. It's just taking a little longer. I know what I said will infuriate some people but I hope a few will think about it.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 23, 2004 1:31 PM ET USA

    The "battle of the cradles" ! If Catholics would just be Catholics, we would soon win. But the next step is most likely home-schooling, since most "schools" seem to be brain-washing centers. When we compare the number of baptisms with the number of real Catholics we end up with, we realize something drastic needs to be done. Listen to Archbishop Chaput: what a fine Pope he would be !

  • Posted by: - Sep. 23, 2004 12:45 PM ET USA

    Maryland has its first Republican governor in 30 years..thanks to abortion. More little red-diaper babies and future leftists were aborted since 1973, than future conservatives. Don't think that a family doesn't influence the political philosophy of children more than the liberal swill in the papers. All you have to do is talk to your kids. Liberalism is nonsense easily trounced by logic.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 23, 2004 8:26 AM ET USA

    Despite growing up in Massachusetts, my father saved us from the Boston Globe. He absolutely forbid the paper from ever coming through the front door of our home. I bought the paper for the sports page once and my dad banned the sports page from the house. If orthodox Catholic parents with children want to raise their kids, they need to remind them that they have to do everything they tell them to do until they are 18 and move out of the house. That includes going to Mass every Sunday.

  • Posted by: Laertides - Sep. 22, 2004 11:32 PM ET USA

    ...and apropos your title: seems to me that liberals don't so much "reproduce" as "spawn" in government schools.

  • Posted by: Laertides - Sep. 22, 2004 11:31 PM ET USA

    Of course, as long as Christians keep sending their children to public schools, she can be confident of a steady stream of liberals. My 17-year old public school educated nephew recently informed me that homosexual "marriage" was the civil right issue of our lifetime. Score another one for the left.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 22, 2004 9:56 PM ET USA

    The future belongs to those who reproduce, but only if they actually parent what they produce. The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world, but it has to be the parent's hand not the State's hand that does the rocking!

  • Posted by: - Sep. 22, 2004 9:54 PM ET USA

    As long as conservatives send their children to public and most parochial schools, the liberal indoctrination camps, let their kids watch television, and continue to dump money in federal and state koffers, Ellen Goodman doesn't have to worry. Not even if these kids never read the Boston Globe.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 22, 2004 7:52 PM ET USA

    As long as liberals are complacent; she will be proven wrong.