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Monday, October 16, 2006

Final Point on Peace Prize

The Distributist Review points out some other problems with recent Nobel peace prizewinner Muhammad Yunus. Not only does he feel it's okay to charge exorbitant interest rates on his micro-credit he also thinks it okay to push smaller families i.e. contraception and abortion. Ah yes, it makes perfect sense, convincing women to murder their unborn so they can work more to pay off their loans quicker. And this guy only got the peace prize? Don't they give one for economics, too?
The idea that large families cause poverty is popular among liberals. They're the first to suggest exporting Planned Parenthood to the 3rd world along with the bags of rice and grain. If Catholic missionaries even mention 'Family Planning' within a 500 mile radius of an impoverished nation the UN is up in arms. The mere suggestion of a truly Christian response to poverty is offensive to these people, as if we are making the problem worse. The view that children are a drain on society, and women in particular, shows how far society has fallen away from the natural order of things. That women could be made to believe that children could keep them from becoming something greater (i.e. richer) is incomprehensible to me. I look at my children and can't imagine a greater return on my investment.
Large families are not the problem. If that were the case, half of my parish would be on welfare. It is the way we handle large, poor families as a 'civilized society' that is the problem. Wide spread acceptance of usury, abortion and contraception has only helped eliminate God from Western civilization, not the poor. Exporting our godless ways to the developing world is not the answer to poverty. I cannot address all the issues that effect world economics (war, natural disaster, etc.) but generally speaking large families can be kept out of poverty on all parts of the globe by reliance on God, hard work and Christian charity. That is what we need to offer. UN programs and micro-credit are a poor substitute for hope and compassion.


shelray said...

I don't think many people are aware of the points you made in your two posts on the subject. Nice research!