There is a word almost never uttered by politicians.Â It is seldom mentioned on the news or by pundants. It’s a word that raisesÂ hackles.
The wordÂ is overpopulation.Â The term impliesÂ some finite capacity of the earth to supportÂ humans.Â The opposite of this is the wordÂ is, “The Lord will provide.”Â People have said this to me.
The world and U. S. population is rising by about one percent per year.Â The rate outside the U. S.Â is higher than that within the U. S.Â Â
Fortunately, the rate of growth is slowing.Â If the rate continues to slow, the population will peak in 20 to 30 years.
Yet, the population may have run right by theÂ capacityÂ marker in the 1980′s.Â We may see adjustments toÂ overpopulation that will affect us here in the U. S.Â Â
There are areas of the world that are farther beyond the ability to support growing populations than other areas.Â Our country will be asked to help, including, perhaps, military support.
I wish it were possible to separate birth control, includingÂ the “A” kind, from religion and this Chrisitian thing, sin. If we know there is a problem that requires a solution, we know the solution and can provide it, I think we have an ethical obligation to do something.Â
Â The problem of death and suffering caused by too many people is preventable.Â Â Some members of Congress and religion officials take pride in stopping funding of birth control and increasing the suffering that results.