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By Diogenes (articles ) | Oct 25, 2005

A couple in Arkansas has sixteen children. A columnist in San Francisco flips out:

But that would be, you know, mean. Mean and callous to suggest that this might be the most disquieting photo you see all year, this bizarre Duggar family of 18 spotless white hyperreligious interchangeable people with alarmingly bad hair, the kids ranging in ages from 1 to 17 ... It's wrong to be this judgmental. Wrong to suggest that it is exactly this kind of weird pathological protofamily breeding-happy gluttony that's making the world groan and cry and recoil, contributing to vicious overpopulation rates and unrepentant economic strain and a bitter moral warpage resulting from a massive viral outbreak of homophobic neo-Christians across our troubled and Bush-ravaged land. Or is it?

Thank you, Mister Morford. We concede you're unlikely to make the same mistake.

Johann Sebastian Bach had twenty children, at least three of whom earned recognition as composers in their own right. One wonders what the Morfords among us would make of Bach and his tribe -- in terms of hyperreligious people with alarmingly bad hair, I mean. Granted not every family can play in these leagues, but as massive viral outbreaks of homophobic neo-Christians go, I'd say the Duggars' is one of the best.

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  • Posted by: Laertides - Oct. 26, 2005 8:42 PM ET USA

    Maybe Morford has a point. Perhaps if the family were more... diverse it wouldn't be such a problem. Could they arrange for their next few kids to be "of color" to reflect a vibrant and growing America? I can't believe you guys weren't sensitive enough to pick up on that...

  • Posted by: Venerable Aussie - Oct. 26, 2005 5:28 PM ET USA

    Coincidentally I was reading the blurbs on my (still-shrinkwrapped after 12 months!) copy of Belloc's The Path to Rome last night. Chesterton calls this "the delightful story of the pilgrimage Belloc made on foot to Rome in order to fulfill a vow he had made "..and see all Europe which the Christian Faith has saved..' ". If Belloc was to do the same today he'd see a Europe which the LACK of Christian faith was rapidly losing, and losing to life-affirming Moslems. If he visited San Francisco..

  • Posted by: - Oct. 26, 2005 3:00 PM ET USA

    "Flips out" is an understatement. If this guy said half these things about Jews or Blacks he would never hear the end of it. He'd spend the rest of his life driving a Pampers delivery truck and be happy to do it! As it is, however, it is open season on Christians and Catholics in particular. Being the most sterile members of society gives queers more than their fair share of bitterness towards the procreating world.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 26, 2005 2:17 PM ET USA

    According to a S.F. Gate staffer the guy has no journalism training whatsoever, just Carte Blanche to be filthy and attack Christians and conservatives. If you're as offended as I am, write and voice your opinion to Editor Phil Bronstein. Remember, bad things flourish when good people do nothing... so you'll only have yourself to blame when Christian bigotry is considered acceptable!

  • Posted by: - Oct. 26, 2005 1:39 PM ET USA

    "Unrepentant economic strain"? Someone should get this clown a dictionary and take away his thesaurus -- a dangerous weapon in the hands of the untutored. "Bitter moral warpage" -- the neologism is hysterical. Of course, everything is bitter these days. I myself bitterly decry Morford (I can only hope it's a nom de plume) and his vicious, pathological, massive degeneracy. That's the trouble with the homosexuals. Secretly, we're all one of them, or we're having children to spite them.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 26, 2005 1:29 PM ET USA

    Imagine 2100 AD: Russia with 50 mil pitiful former Orthodox, China with 2 bil to the East, and 100+mil Moslems to the South. Europe with 100 mm former Catholics outnumbered by Moslems (already 20%). Now, the USA today - below replacement birth rates, including Catholics, and yet a very rapidly growing Moslem pop. This can't be God's plan for the world. God likes big Catholic families. Help them. Have one. Fight back. Let's have the children God wants. Sacrifice for one.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 26, 2005 1:08 PM ET USA

    We will out-breed them. Think about it...if more orthodox Catholic families were fruitful and multiplied like this one - the dissenters and apostacizers will just die of negative population growth. We just keep on living our faith and we'll naturally over time out-breed them. What a beautiful thing.

  • Posted by: parochus - Oct. 26, 2005 6:27 AM ET USA

    A quick Google on Morford shows him to be an apologist for homosexual "causes." It seems his propensity for defending unnatural sex acts has blinded him to the beauty of the sexual complementarity of man and woman and what it means to cooperate with God in creation.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Oct. 25, 2005 10:47 PM ET USA

    How does Mark Morford (or anyone for that matter) get published in a actual city newspaper spewing such vitriolic columns? or is SFGate a gay community paper? His writings are evil. In his latest column, he advocates iPod pornography, where he says that he's all for sex and making money from it, completely ignoring the goods/purpose of sex and the responsibility involved. No wonder he's against families and against anyone being blessed with children.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 25, 2005 8:49 PM ET USA

    Maybe I'm missing something. How did homophobia come across from the Duggar website? Could it be that Morford is letting slip his own sexual preferences? And they aren't normal?

  • Posted by: - Oct. 25, 2005 8:00 PM ET USA

    Tocata and Fugue in D minor! What a marvellous family! What a marvellous piece of music!

  • Posted by: - Oct. 25, 2005 6:47 PM ET USA

    Did you expect anything less from a San Francisco reporter? I cannot fathom why some people, regardless of political stripe, would be against procreation. Even if one chooses no "to breed," why be offended by others' fruitfulness? I pray that my fiancee and myself shall be a fraction so blest.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 25, 2005 6:31 PM ET USA

    I have two words for Mr. Morford...."uterine envy".