September 1 2009

Duggar Family To Add 19th Child

duggar familyThe Duggar family, stars of the TLC series 18 Kids and Counting, have announced that Michelle, the mother of the family, is pregnant with her 19th child.

What sort of insanity is this?

While one of the great things about the United States is that you have the freedom to make whatever choices you want, and that includes having 19 children.  Does it make it right?  Of course not, but that it isn’t stopping the Duggars.

I have never watched one moment of this series, even when it was 17 Kids and Counting, and I have no desire to ever watch any of it.  How can anyone possibly glamorize this family?  Say what you will of Jon & Kate Plus 8, but at least there 8 children were the result of extreme luck with fertility treatments.  The Duggars are doing this the old fashioned way of popping out one child after another.

It is the right for every family in this country to have as many children as they want, but is it really the responsible thing to do?  According to The Inquisitr, the Duggars are part of a religious movement known as QuiverFull which deals with Psalm 127: 3 – 5:

3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

I am all for religious freedom, and worshiping as one sees fit, but isn’t there a point where practicality and social responsibility finally kick in?  What about the strain on the planet?  The Earth is already over populated, and here we have a family with 19.

Some years ago I knew a girl who was the 15th of 17 children, and since I haven’t talked to her in 15 or so years now, I can safely say she was messed up by it.  Her siblings I met were also rather ‘out there’ and all seemed desperate for whatever attention they could get, and by whatever means necessary.  This isn’t to say all large families have similar effects on their kids by any means, but it certainly was an eye-opening look into that kind of life.

It’s difficult to say that enough is enough as this does fall under religious freedom, and if it’s something they believe in, they should be allowed to practice under the freedoms of this country, but it certainly doesn’t mean I have to agree with, or condone it.

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