Re: [asa] Dobson

From: George Murphy <>
Date: Mon Mar 05 2007 - 22:26:35 EST

Apropos the statements below on population control -

a) x^n grows faster than nx - Malthus was right, though the time scale may be difficult to predict.

b) The fact that abortion may have been used for birth control in China doesn't mean that it's the only means, or even the only ethical means - as even the Vatican

c) I know of no good theological argument against birth control (excluding abortion!) which is practiced voluntarily by a married couple.

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: David Opderbeck
  To: Carol or John Burgeson
  Sent: Monday, March 05, 2007 8:44 PM
  Subject: Re: [asa] Dobson

  Well, it was pretty stupid of Cizik to mention population control. That feeds the worst fears of folks like Dobson. Frankly, it scares me as well, and I think Dobson's comment about forced abortion and infanticide in China is right on point. Christian environmentalists need to acknowledge that the environmental movement was dead wrong about the "population explosion" and must distance Christian responses to problems like gobal warming from the "secular" environmental movement's untoward emphasis on population control.

  On 3/5/07, Carol or John Burgeson <> wrote:
    Dobson seems to have followed Falwell in dissing Global Warming.


    Date: March 5, 2007
    From: Focus on the Family

    Dr. Dobson, Evangelical Leaders
    Challenge Global-Warming Rhetoric

    Letter urges National Association of Evangelicals to restrain its D.C spokesman.

    In a letter to the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), James C. Dobson, Ph.D., chairman of Focus on the Family Action, joined other pro-family leaders in urging the NAE to refrain from taking a position on the controversial and divisive topic of global warming and other issues.

    NAE official Richard Cizik, who works in the group's Washington, D.C., office, has told the media it's indisputable that human activity has contributed to global warming and has encouraged evangelicals to make it a top issue. On other occasions, he's said evangelicals "must confront population control."

    "We ask," Dobson and the others wrote, "how is population control going to be achieved, if not by promoting abortion, the distribution of condoms to the young and even by infanticide in China and elsewhere? Is this where Richard Cizik would lead us?"

    To demonstrate that not all evangelicals are on board with global-warming alarmism, the letter references a statement by the Interfaith Stewardship Alliance that challenges common assumptions about global warming.

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