Who says what?

Novelist, mother, minister, and yoga teacher muses on books, babies, motherhood, and what matters with reverent humor.

Friday, March 27, 2009

On a Completely Different Note

You know how there are all these crazy people out there who are having as many children as they can so they can take over congress with their so-far-right-of-center politics that they 1) don't believe in evolution, b) don't believe in birth control, c) don't believe in your religion, d) want everyone to be follow Jesus and e) think I'm a sinner? They're part of a movement called the Quiverfull. NPR just did a little piece on them.

Well, guess what? I think motherhood is a spiritual practice. I think having children is part of my spiritual calling. And I certainly wouldn't mind a big family.

But let's be honest before we start converting people. The world is beautiful precisely because choice exists. You can choose your god. You can choose your spouse. You can choose to have children. You can choose NOT to have children. Every conservative sect of every major religion adheres to something like the Quiverfull movement--big families = obeying God's law and making more scary religious people just like you to populate the world.

That said, why don't all the crazy liberals like me who have the audacity to believe in religious freedom and bodily integrity (the government doesn't own your uterus, YOU DO), have some more kiddies so that WE can fill the halls of congress. Come on Democrats, come on hippies, come on Planned Parenthood activists, get screwing. It's time to make a change. Making babies is not just spiritual, it's political.

And that's just assuming that you're offspring will believe what you believe. (But as long as we're going to be arrogant and think that we're right about everything, we might as well happily assume that we have full control over the beliefs of our children.) Yeah, right.

1 comment:

  1. Yeah, thanks, one is enough.

    I prefer to mess with their kids' minds when they're teens and recruit them for our side, instead. Let their parents do all the grunt-work, then throw out a few pithy arguments and reel in all the benefits.

    Sneaky, huh? :)