Demographics In the News

The Bible position concerning children is very clear:

Gen. 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

This page is a web log of quotes from articles in the news that prove that Christians disobeying God's command by practicing birth control is a mistake---a sin---which plays into the hands of the enemies of God. It is a sin which sows the seeds for certain failure. My comments are in square brackets.

Bernanke: Baby Boomers Will Strain U.S.; Oct 04, 2006 12:54 PM US/Eastern; By JEANNINE AVERSA, AP Economics Writer; WASHINGTON

Unless Social Security and Medicare are revamped, the massive burden from retiring baby boomers will place major strains on the nation's budget and the economy, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Wednesday.

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It marked the Fed chief's most extensive comments to date on the challenges facing the United States with the looming retirement of 78 million baby boomers.

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As the population ages, the nation will have to choose among higher taxes, less non-entitlement spending by the government, a reduction in spending on entitlement programs, a sharply higher budget deficit or some combination thereof, Bernanke said.

Government spending on Social Security and Medicare alone will increase from about 7 percent of the total size of the U.S. economy to almost 13 percent by 2030 and to more than 15 percent by 2050, he said.

Bernanke declared: "The fiscal consequences of these trends are large and unavoidable."

The government recorded a budget deficit of $319 billion last year. This year's red ink is projected by the White House to total around $296 billion.

.... if the government tried to finance projected entitlement spending entirely by revenue increases, the taxes collected by the federal government would have to rise from about 18 percent of the total size of the economy to about 24 percent in 2030, he said. (source...)

[The problem of course is not that the baby boomers are too many, but rather that the number of children they gave birth to is too few. It takes lots of taxpayers to support Social Security.]

Greenspan Cautions on Baby Boomer Benefits; Aug 27, 3:42 PM (ET); By MARTIN CRUTSINGER

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Friday that the country will face "abrupt and painful" choices if Congress does not move quickly to trim the Social Security and Medicare benefits that have been promised to the baby boom generation.

Returning to a politically explosive issue that he has addressed a number of times this year, Greenspan said that it was wrong for the government to hold out the promise of more retirement benefits than it is capable of providing.

He said this issue was particularly critical given the impending retirement of 77 million baby boomers born in the two decades after World War II.

"As a nation, we owe it to our retirees to promise only the benefits that can be delivered," Greenspan said in opening remarks to a two-day conference sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City on the challenges posed by aging populations.

"If we have promised more than our economy has the ability to deliver, as I fear we may have, we must recalibrate our public programs so that pending retirees have time to adjust through other channels," Greenspan said. "If we delay, the adjustments could be abrupt and painful."

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In his remarks, Greenspan said that the projected doubling of the U.S. population over the age of 65 by 2035 would add to the government's budget deficit woes. (source...)

[Children support aging parents. If they do not do it willingly, then it will be done by taxation. But, if the aging parents have had no children, then there will be no one to support them. If they had no children or few children, then they also did not have the financial burden of raising many children, and should have saved for their retirement. America's sin is in disobeying the Bible command to "be fruitful and multiply." She will soon be bearing the bitter fruits of that disobedience, as Alan Greenspan points out.]

Jun. 24, 2004 15:28 | Updated Jun. 26, 2004 13:31; Interesting Times: Growing the core; By SAUL SINGER

Are we, as a people, thriving or in decline? The oft-repeated answer is both. Obviously, we have many signs of health, such as wealth, education, and power. There is even the kernel of a Jewish renaissance. But we also happen to be disappearing as a people, which most would take as a sign of decay.

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Whether the Jewish people thrives depends on the growth rate of the Jewish core. Though buried and punch-pulled in the third of 12 points, the JPPPI report is on the right track: "Required courses of action are well recognized, such as efforts directed at non-Jewish partners in interfaith marriages and their children, [economically] helping families who want more children and accelerating religious conversion procedures in Israel."

Let's say the core is defined as those whose Jewish identity and practice is strong enough to give them an 80% chance of having Jewish grandchildren. If there are 5 million Jews in that core now and it grows by an average 2% a year, there will be about 35 million Jews by 2100 [instead of a projected 15 to 20 million].

For decades now, Jewish "leaders" have been speaking the language of "strength and challenge." This is a form of denial. The strength doesn't count if we are so busy congratulating ourselves that we don't use it. We need growth badly - both through births and by "recruiting" from the periphery, and even from non-Jews, into the core.

There is no mystery over what is to be done. There is only the absence of a sense of urgency, leadership, and the resulting inability to marshal communal resources. Putting on a brave face is one thing, denial is another. (source...)

[Denial can be fatal. Both for Jews and for Baptists denial can be fatal when one is talking about demography. The fact is we must be immediately begin obeying God's command to be fruitful and multiple or we will soon be an insignificant force upon the earth. Indeed, we have almost already reached that status.]

New global forecast: population decline in sight; Today, UN experts will discuss new projections; By David R. Francis | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

Two years ago, as the world's population surpassed the high mark of 6 billion, scientists were sounding alarm bells over unchecked population growth, especially in the developing world. But now there is a growing consensus among demographers over a new forecast: that women in nations with 80 percent of the world's population will begin to limit their families to two children or fewer.

 
Before the century ends, the number of humans likely will start to shrink, reckons James Chamie, director of the United Nation's population division. That will be a "momentous" reversal in direction. (source...)

[In other words, there is NO population explosion. There is instead a birth dearth.]

May. 28, 2004 11:29 | Updated May. 28, 2004 14:52; Column One: What Europe wants; By CAROLINE GLICK

Finally, Europe has a domestic interest in currying the favor of the Arabs over Israel. Europe has a growing Muslim population that has been inculcated with a fanatical form of anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism is also rife on both the left and right sides of the European political spectrum. Given this, it is good politics domestically to condemn Israel, while turning a blind eye to Arab terrorism and human rights abuses.

So what we have in Europe, then, is not an otherwise friendly continent that condemns Israel out of sheer ignorance. Rather, we have a hostile continent that condemns Israel to advance its perceived political and strategic interests. (source...)

[The root problem revealed by this quote is that Israel and the white-skinned people of the Western world are having fewer and fewer children, while the Muslims are multiplying as rapidly as possible. It is political suicide for any group to practice birth control in a democratic society---the number of votes will soon turn against them.]

Falling Japanese birth rate worries; May 17,2004; From correspondents in Tokyo

THE number of children in Japan has shrunk for the 23rd year in a row, reflecting a falling birth rate that policymakers say will affect the nation's ability to support its ageing population in the coming decades. (source...)

[By God's design, children are to grow up and support their parents. Social Security is the plan of those procticing birth control to make the children of those obeying God support them instead of supporting their own parents.]

Birth Control Shot Linked to Bone Thinning; Thu May 13,10:57 AM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Depo-Provera (depot medroxyprogesterone), a popular birth control injection, seems to promote bone loss, and the effects increase over a 2-year period, new research shows.

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Women who used Depo-Provera for 24 months had an average loss in bone density of 5.7 percent. These patients experienced a 3.2-percent loss between months 12 and 24. Those who used pills, by contrast, had a 2.6-percent loss at 24 months. (source...)

[Most forms of birth-control subject a woman to health risks. To rebel against God in a area so basic as having children is very dangerous in many ways. Besides health risks, if you have no children who will love you and take care of you when you are old?]

Mar 16, 2004; Front Page; SPENGLER; Spain's elections show why radical Islam can win

Radical Islam has scored its first unambiguous victory against the West, and it should have been visible at a long distance (Why radical Islam might defeat the West, July 8, 2003 (source...)). Winston Churchill's quip that the appeaser hopes the crocodile will eat him last does not apply when the prospective victim expects to be in another world before the crocodile comes around.

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's Socialist Party crushed Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar's Popular Party in Spanish elections on Sunday. US commentators expressed consternation that Spanish voters would reject America's ally in the Iraq war after al-Qaeda's apparent act of retaliation last Thursday, March 11.

Spain's death-knell sounded long before the train bombings in Madrid, however. No country in the world is more determined to disappear. The country’s fertility rate of 1.12 live births per female is the lowest in the world. As recently as 1975, at the death of strongman Francisco Franco, the fertility rate stood at 3 births per female in 1976. By 2050 Spain will have lost a quarter of its population. Germany and Italy, whose fertility rates fell earlier than Spain's, will lose a third, according to economist Anthony Scholefield.

Half a millennium after the Reconquista, when Spanish Catholicism expelled the country's Muslims and Jews, Spain has no choice but to ask the Muslims to return and take possession of its land by stages.

Every Spanish worker in 2050 will support one pensioner, which is to say that the pension system will be bankrupt. According to one academic study, 5 million additional immmigrants must be working in Spain in 2050 to save the pension system, out of a projected population of 37 million - and that assumes an immediate recovery in the fertility rate to 1.5. At this point, it hardly matters what future fertility rate Spanish demographers might project. The demographic catastrophe of the past 30 years puts the pension system on a crash course toward bankruptcy, unless Spain attracts an army of immigrants.

Except for a trickle of immigrants from Latin America, North Africa provides most of Spain's immigrants at present. Two hundred thousand Muslims now reside in Spain, and they have built 100 new mosques in the past 10 years. Unless Spain were, most improbably, to attempt a recolonization from Latin America, it cannot do without more Muslims.

Socialist voters may not have worked out the arithmetic; Jose Zapatero's supporter in the street simply does not want to be burdened with America's distant wars, especially if they draw fire at home. It all amounts to the same thing. Countries too lazy to produce their next generation will not fight. Who will lay down his life for future generations when the future generations simply will not be there? (source...)

[Can you not see from this article why birth control among Christians threatens our very existence? Birth control is sin, my friend. Birth control is one of the most serious of major sins with the most far reaching consequences.]

Mar. 2, 2004; The real threat to Europe's Jews; By MICHAEL FREUND

The Jews of Europe are once again in grave danger, but the real threat to their future is not quite what you might think.

While the wave of anti-Semitism sweeping the continent is indeed disturbing, there is a far more destructive force at work these days, one that places the continued existence of European Jewry in doubt.

It is the ailment of assimilation and the malady of intermarriage which are truly wreaking havoc in Jewish communities across Europe. And though they may not receive as much attention as an assault on a rabbi in the streets of Paris or the desecration of a cemetery outside Berlin, the blows which they strike are nevertheless more lasting and more painful, as well as more difficult to repair.

The fact of the matter is that with only a few exceptions, the Jewish communities of Europe are gradually shrinking in size, contracting quantitatively as a result of declining birthrates, aging populations and increasing numbers of young people who marry out of the fold.

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According to demographer Prof. Sergio Della Pergola of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, there were slightly more than 1 million Jews living in western Europe at the start of 2002. Of these, nearly 80 percent could be found in France and the United Kingdom, home to Europe's largest and strongest Jewish populations.

Yet, despite a wealth of Jewish communal institutions and a plethora of Jewish organizations, both French and British Jewry have been steadily in decline.

A December 2002 study by the Jewish Agency's Institute for Jewish People Policy Planning found that the number of Jews in France fell from 535,000 in 1980 to some 500,000 in just two decades, a loss of over 6 percent.

British Jewry fared even worse. According to the Board of Deputies, the representative body for Jews in the UK, there were 430,000 Jews living in Great Britain in 1950, but just 283,000 in 1996. Or, as an item on their web site puts it, "Since the 1950s there has been a steady decrease in numbers so that by the 1990s British Jewry was approximately one-third smaller than it had been in 1950."

If anything, these trends are only likely to accelerate, as the negative factors behind the demographic crisis continue to consolidate. Indeed, in both England and France, the annual number of deaths in the Jewish community already exceeds the number of births.

It is therefore hardly surprising that in a lengthy article appearing in the 2002 edition of the American Jewish Year Book, Della Pergola estimated that, "French Jewry will experience a slow but steady decline from 520,000 in 2000, to 480,000 in 2020, to 380,000 in 2050, and 300,000 in 2080." Meanwhile, across the Channel, he wrote, "The Jewish population in the United Kingdom will decline to 240,000 in 2020, 180,00 in 2050, and 140,000 in 2080."

In effect, this means that within just 75 years or so, French and English Jewry will only be half their current size.

IN SMALLER Jewish communities in Europe, the retrenchment rates have been even more pronounced.

Take, for example, Ireland, where the 1991 census found there to be 1,581 Jews. Today, the number is said to be approximately 1,000, marking a decline of over 50 percent in just a decade.

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This disastrous situation should be raising alarm bells throughout the Jewish world. European Jewry is slowly but surely disappearing before our eyes, melting away through a combination of ignorance, assimilation and intermarriage.

Inexplicably, though, Israel and American Jewish leaders prefer to focus on combating anti-Semitism, rather than Jewish ignorance, even as its victims are increasingly facing religious and ethnic extinction.

The result, of course, is catastrophic, as attention and resources are shifted to fighting a question of bigotry, rather than of survival. Soon enough, there may not be any Jews in Europe left to hate. (source...)

[This is a classic example of the stupidity of practicing birth control. The Jews were already a small group, but now they are even smaller and weaker than before. And this is not going to be an easy trend to turn around. The price to be paid in the end for practicing birth control in direct disobedience to the plain command God gave in Genesis 1:28 is severe and of long duration.]

Feb. 6, 2004; Column One: Sharon's folly; By CAROLINE GLICK

By every possible measure, Gaza is a burden. With arguably the highest birthrate in the world, half of the population of 1.2 million is under the age of 15. These youngsters have been indoctrinated to work for the destruction of Israel through jihad by the PA since they were babies. (source...)

[Having many children gives a people political power. Children are the AK-47 of the bedroom. The Israelis are practicing the humanist doctrine of birth control, and as a result they are rapidly being outnumbered---to their great peril.]

The Demographic Problem; 17:13 Feb 04, '04 / 12 Shevat 5764

It was announced this week that one out of every four children in Israel is Moslem. The problem in Yesha is less acute. Does this justify the formation of a PLO state?

It was announced this week that one out of every four children in Israel is Moslem, and that the annual Moslem population growth in Israel is 3.4%, compared with only 1.4% for Israeli Jews.

Social Science Professor Dr. Gerald S. Ferman is one of several who have written of late that Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is to be congratulated for noting the demographic problem within pre-'67 Israel. Netanyahu, speaking at the Herzliya Conference last December, said that a demographic problem exists - but not with the "Arabs of Palestine, but rather the Arabs of Israel." He said that the Arabs of Judea, Samaria and Gaza are already under PA control, but "regarding the Israeli-Arabs, who will remain Israeli citizens, here we have a problem... In our Declaration of Independence, we say that our raison d'etre is that we are a Jewish state, and this means that we must guarantee a Jewish majority... We therefore need a policy that will first of all guarantee a Jewish majority - I say this with no hesitation, as a liberal, a democrat, and a Jewish patriot - ... and one that will balance between these two needs [of a Jewish state and a democracy]."

Dr. Furman, while agreeing with Netanyahu about the dangers of high Arab birth rate, reunification of families, and the like, takes issue with his approach to the problem: "Netanyahu's approach for a solution reflects the Western world's mentality and culture, namely that an improved economy will lead to a lower birthrate... But this does not take into account the importance of large families in the Arab-Moslem culture... It is likely that the birthrate will drop somewhat, but it will take years - during which time we might already lose the Jewish majority." Furman says that the only answer is political: "Jews as Israeli citizens, Arabs as citizens of an Arab state." (source...)

[As a reader of the above article correctly commented, "If the Israeli government is truly concerned about the "demographic problem", then they should be doing everything possible to encourage and support large Jewish families." --- Eli Singer. Another reader correctly added, "For all his faults, Ben Gurion realised the importance of encouraging large Jewish families. The present regime does everthing it can to make life intolerable for large families. One gets the feeling they are doing more to advance the Arab cause than our cause." --- Hayley. ]

Ex-Mossad Chief Halevy: Road Map Irrelevant, PA Aiming For One-State Solution, 23:14 Jan 06, '04 / 12 Tevet 5764

Halevy said it did not seem as though the Palestinian Authority has any desire for a state at this point, noting they have taken almost none of the steps necessary to set up the offices, bureaucracy, or legal and security networks needed to run a country. He said one of the reasons the PA is so relaxed about setting up the infrastructure necessary to establish a state is because they believe that time is on their side.

Halevy believes there has been a shift away from the phased-plan of using a Palestinian state to launch further attacks on Israel to a patient hold-out for an Arab majority between the Jordan and Mediterranean thereby creating a Palestinian state from the river to the sea. Yasser Arafat has said very often that the future of the conflict will be decided in the womb of the Palestinian mother," Halevy said. There are Palestinians who believe "one should drag your feet... and bide time until these processes reach fruition."

Faced with a steady flow of Israeli concessions and the leverage of a demographic conquest, the PA is therefore seen by Halevy as uninterested in a state covering only Yesha (Judea, Samaria and Gaza).

"I think that is the strategy which causes the continued support for terrorist attacks," Halevy said. (http://www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=55776)

[In other words, birth control practiced by Israelis is encouraging terrorism! The Palestinian terrorists sense the weakness caused by the lack of population growth among Israelis, and so they are gathering around like wolves for the kill. Likewise the less Baptists there are the more the spiritual wolves will gather around for the kill.]





Louis A. Turk, B.A., M.Div., Ph.D.

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