I heard this guy on (where else?) NPR this morning, Googled him when I got home & found this article. It’s a real hoot.
Political Victory: From Here to Maternity
By Phillip Longman
Thursday, September 2, 2004; Page A23
What’s the difference between the protesters outside the Republican convention and the delegates inside? There are many, of course, but one will ultimately skew American politics and the culture wars in the Republicans’ favor, regardless of who has God or reason on her side. It’s the divide between who is having children and who isn’t.
Over the past decade, fertility rates among all major American ethnic groups have either remained low or fallen dramatically. Between 1990 and 2002 fertility declined 14 percent among Mexican Americans and 24 percent among Puerto Ricans. African Americans, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, now have a lower average fertility rate than whites, and they are no longer producing enough children to replace their population. But one big difference in fertility rates remains: Conservative, religiously minded Americans are putting far more of their genes into the future than their liberal, secular counterparts.
In Utah, for example, where 69 percent of all residents are registered members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, fertility rates are the highest in the nation. Utah annually produces 90 children for every 1,000 women of child-bearing age. By comparison, Vermont – the only state to send a socialist to Congress and the first to embrace gay unions – produces only 49.
Whaaaaa! :crying: It just isn’t faaaaiirrrr! :crying:
What will we do, Mr. Longman to prevent those horrible people who (ulp!) go to Church from taking over the world? The fact that they have a Darwinian advantage makes you wonder about evolution, doesn’t it?