Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.
So a few days ago, I mentioned the insanity and evil of Child Free zealots who loathe both children and humanity, saying things like, “The AIDS epidemic, rather than being a scourge, is a welcome development in the inevitable reduction of human population. . . . If [it] didn’t exist, radical environmentalists would have to invent [it].” calling fertility “the real inconvenient truth” and demanding for a “planetary law” limiting women to a single child in order to “reverse the disastrous global birthrate” which is responsible for climate change.
The response was volcanic and deeply illustrative of the principle that sin makes you stupid, most especially with those people who spend all their time worshipping the Intellect instead of using it.
I’m childfree because I’m a rational thinker and there’s nothing you can do about it. I don’t believe in “global warming” and I could give a hoot about overpopulation, either. To have spawn so they can pay more taxes is a horrible and selfish thought. See you in hell.
(Ever notice that people who continually proclaim themselves “rational” are as incapable of reason as people who continually proclaim themselves “devout” are incapable of devotion.)
We heard from all sorts of people besides Rationalists in reply, including an extraordinary number of trolls who found the link to the post on their child-free websites and who rushed over to work out their personal issues created by their hearing things nobody was saying. To wit:
Guess what? Some people just don’t WANT kids. Period. End of Story. There is no evil at work. But, I guess you Catholics consider anyone who doesn’t agree with you to be evil, don’t you? That’s right, you don’t even believe in birth control! No wonder you are so angry to those who choose to not have kids-because you don’t have the freedom to make that choice for yourself! Your cult-er-religion won’t allow it!
The notion that somebody’s private decision not to have kids was the issue was a common piece of projection from the Child-Free crowd. As though the article I quoted was about torch-bearing Catholic Inquisitors invading homes and forcing women into a Handmaid’s Tale nightmare and not about lunatic advocates of the Child-free Movement hailing AIDS for killing people off and advocating a global law to ban childbirth. Rationalists ought to be able to read better than this. I, for one, have no interest in how people order their private affairs. I do, however, think that people who cheer for more AIDS deaths and who want to pass laws telling other people they can’t have children are, well, archetypally evil.
Others, in addition to projecting onto Catholics their own draconian lust for power also found time to register their sheer loathing of human beings and their despair (and inability to comprehend simple English). Example:
Why does it bother you so much that I don’t want to spend my life listening to screaming children, wiping s**t off their a****, and sticky jam of their hands? There are plenty of unemployed, underpaid people having 8, 9, and 10 kids. The human race is in no danger of dying out because I choose to be childfree. And there is no “movement” at work here. We childfree mind our own business-so mind yours! We’re not trying to convert anyone (at least, I’m not).
Contempt for kids? Check. Contempt for the poor? Check. Reading incomprehension? Check. How somebody can look straight at an article about the Child-Free Movement, read about Child-Free organizations, wade through comment after comment screaming shrilly about the greatness of the Child-free Movement… and then declare “There is no ‘movement’ at work here” is beyond me. But then I’m not a brilliant Rationalist. Oh, and note, once again, the projection: an article about the desire of the Child Free Movement to evangelize and, if possible, impose draconian laws against children somehow becomes a case of Catholics not minding their business.
Cowards were also heard from:
At this point in time-we could all die tomorrow. It’s only a matter of time before someone “pushes the button”. And I for one am not going to bring a baby into a world where he/she likely won’t live to see adulthood.
As were bigots:
Wow. Who knew that being childfree would cause a bunch of superstitious nuts who never grew out of having an imaginary friend to label us as evil? Best news I’ve had all day. :-)
There were the clueless Catholics:
I’m a childfree Catholic but I believe in global warming, I believe in birth control, AND I think the writer of this article is an ignorant nut job. Not all Catholics are brainwashed sheep. We ARE allowed to form our own consciences.
And the folks suffering from auditory and visual hallucinations who seemed certain that protesting people who celebrate AIDS and want to outlaw childbirth are somehow insisting that everybody must have as many children as possible:
Dear Mr. Shea, if you’re so into people having tons and tons of kids, here’s an idea. I just heard on the news that “Octomom” is applying for welfare in California so her 14 ill-gotten offspring will be sucking money out of taxpayers’ wallets. Why don’t you, Mr. Shea, and some of your other nut job, offspring-obsessed friends go on out there and write her a big check so she can keep supporting her brood? Put your money where your mouth is. You love big families and tons of kids? Start supporting the kids being spewed out by people who have no means or intention of paying for them.
There were the theologians:
Jesus must have been evil too, since he was childfree. The Dalai-Lama and Mother Theresa too.
But the people who really captured the heart and soul of the Child-free Movement were the ones who simply could not resist the urge to spew:
Babies: expensive, smell bad.
Enjoy crappy diapers, ungrateful spawn and lack of money. Me and my CF husband will be sleeping in, going on great trips and saving loads of money so we can have a great retirement.
It’s close minded views such as this one that push people away from the catholic “faith”. I, having grown up in a catholic house hold, have been subject to the totalitarian mind set of this religion… “believe what we teach or burn in hell” ..is their marching song. Now it seems we humans need to bread in order to “be saved” in the eyes of a religion that has embezzled most of it’s traditions from older faith sets. I guess it shouldn’t surprise me the catholic church demands population.. whom else would fill their coffers were it not for the blind sheep of it’s congregation?
Perfect. Hatred of children. Hatred of people with children. Hatred of Catholics. And yet again, the bizarre act of projection whereby an article that quotes people who rejoice over AIDS deaths and want to have draconian laws against childbirth somehow gets transmuted in the minds of these “rational” people into some basis for claiming that Catholics are trying to legally compel them into the world of The Handmaid’s Tale.
Positively deranged. And evil. Did I mention that?
Clues for the clueless “rational” CF zealot: people can do whatever they want in their private lives. You don’t want kids? It’s your life. Knock yourself out. But the moment you stop making it a private decision and start making it a “movement” is the moment I enter the public square to question your frequently misanthropic, ill-advised, and frequently life-denying twaddle. When your representatives go further and recommend AIDS deaths as a fine thing, I will be there to point out that they are monsters. When they recommend laws calculated to infringe on the rights of others to bear children, I will be there to oppose and expose their tyrannical intentions. And I will also be there to point out that they are highly irrational fools who cannot read a simple piece of English prose.
That said, my purpose here is much simpler: it is to gloat. To wit:
Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem is preparing for a historic birth at the facility, located only 500 yards from the traditional birthplace of Jesus. After 20 years of operation, under the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Holy Family Hospital will welcome into the world its 50,000th baby – as early as next month!
This Hospital is truly historic, serving women in the Holy Land region that would not have proper care otherwise. It is truly a wonderful place. Washington, D.C. is home to the Foundation which was organized in 1997, exclusively to generate and distribute funds for the operating expenses of Holy Family Hospital.
Thanks for spreading the good news about this wonderful organization! They truly are changing lives.
Babies are God’s way of saying the world should go on.