Apparently, because of the gay rights movement, women are having less kids. Somehow, gays being able to marry one another discourages women from reproducing. Somehow. All because children aren’t being taught to hate gays like the religious nutters really, really want.
Like frogs in a kettle being slowly boiled to death, FRI frequently hears people — including those concerned about our cultural decline — suggest that the progress of gay rights is not worth a great deal of worry. After all, ‘the sky is not falling. The sun will always come up tomorrow.’ But no matter how ‘big’ or ‘small’ the crisis seems at the moment, the goal of proper social policy is to assure a future for society. As the birth rates of Western countries continue to fall, those who have supported gay rights seem oblivious to the contribution such ‘rights’ make to the decline. Even those who have ‘tolerated’ (or not vigorously opposed) gay rights do not seem to understand the implications. But now the sky is starting to fall. From Xtra, a gay magazine in Vancouver, comes this:
“the gay rights movement is shifting norms in Canada. And with that comes a message to those who won’t evolve: your outdated morals are no longer acceptable, and we will teach your kids the new norm.” (10/20/11)
Canada produces 1.6 children/woman. Its future is thus doomed. Onward gay rights!
I’m really trying to wrap my head around this claim, but the memo offers little in the way of clues. The anti-gay message seems tacked on unnecessarily, to be quite honest. RWW helpfully points out that fertility rates are nearly identical in Iran, despite its actually executing gays rather than letting them marry. So I guess the solution, then, is to neither allow gays to marry, nor execute them, but to simply deny them rights and treat them like shit.
Except, wait, there really isn’t a correlation between gays getting the right to marry and fertility rates dropping. If anything, fertility rates basically have been in decline worldwide since the Baby Boom, except in those countries that still, to this day, have absurd levels of religiously motivated violence and civil unrest. Here, look at this chart for more info. I’d encourage you to check some other countries as well. Report your findings in the comments.
Population growth leveling out is actually a pretty damned good thing for sustainability of our species. Sure, it’ll wreak havoc on growth-based economy, which means rich people will be less rich and poor people will have to fight harder for their share of the pie when those rich people refuse to give up what they have already stolen from the rest of us. But when you look at the grand scheme of things, with almost seven billion of us on the planet today, and with how ably we’ve been overwhelming our planet’s resources and ecosystem, reducing population growth is a pretty good idea.
I’m of the opinion that if we somehow levelled out world population at, say, a billion, and never progressed past that point due to proper husbandry of our reproductive rates, we might not be in quite as dire a situation as we face today.
Of course, to those same religious nutters who think a low reproductive rate is somehow a bad thing, this might be a way to hasten the apocalypse they so direly want to see come to pass. You know, the sort who say “the Earth has existed for six thousand years, and nothing humans can do will destroy God’s creation, which he gave us to use however we want”.