Here is an idiotic article from Gordon Chang of Forbes Magazine
Thank you, Mari Lim, for suggesting Carlos Celdran as a name we need to know in 2011. [A name we should not mention! We should say He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named!] The multi-talented, much-accomplished [Wah? You just knew the guy and he accomplished a lot? Really? Is this the standard of Forbes magazine?] activist in the Philippines deserves book-length treatment, [Civil and Canon Law books that is. Hah!] but this posting will have to do for the moment.
Want to find Mr. Celdran? Head to Intramuros, the 16th century section of Manila, where he conducts popular walking tours. As he guides you through the walled city, he passes out condoms and birth control pills to the poor. Contraception is one of Celdran’s passions. [You don't want to wonder why...]
And he is certainly passionate. In September, for instance, he was jailed for a flamboyant act that rocked the nation. Clad in a black coat and top hat like that worn [sic] by Philippine national hero Jose Rizal, he stormed into Manila Cathedral during a mass. Then Celdran shouted anti-Church slogans in English and his native Tagalog while holding up a placard emblazoned with “Damaso,” a reference to a reviled friar in a Rizal novel.
And why did Celdran do that? He has been conducting a long-standing campaign against the Catholic Church to stop it from blocking family-planning legislation in the Philippine Congress. [campaign? during his tours. ok got it. I have to redefine the syntax of the word "campaign" according to Chang.] So far, threats of excommunication have persuaded legislators from approving a comprehensive reproductive health bill, which would fund contraception programs. The Church favors abstinence as a method of birth control. [What a load of bull. Not just that but natural methods only!]
In a country where 80.9% of the population is Catholic, the prospect of eternal damnation is a powerful threat. [See where this crappy article is heading? He now draws the line between one's faith and how one runs his family. HEY GORDON! They cannot be separated! We are both Filipino Citizens and Catholic Christians! Deal with it!] Thanks in large part to the Church, the Philippines is the 12th most populous country in the world, with an estimated 99.9 million people as of the middle of this year. In thirty years, there will be 140 million Filipinos. [I have heard this accusation about the Church being guilty of overpopulating the country. Has this guy even been to a slum in Manila or to a village in Mindanao? Because I have been and they are a mix of religions. Some call themselves Catholics but don't go to Mass. Go to Mindanao and the family with the most children are either tribal Filipinos who are not Catholics and Muslims Filipino families. So where this nut got his facts is a mystery to me.]
That’s way too many according to the United Nations and the World Bank. Both these institutions have backed strict population-control measures in the Philippines so that the nation can meet the 2015 Millennium Development Goals. “We’re being left behind by our Southeast Asian neighbors because our population has been growing faster than our economy,” Benjamin de Leon told Reuters. [Ahhh. The Carrot on a Stick project! You want money! Use contraceptives which you can buy using THE MONEY WE LENT YOU!]
The family planning advocate is right. The Philippines has the highest fertility rate in the region, a whopping 3.23 births per female. Only Laos is close.
East Asia is becoming a demographic disaster zone. Japan, the fastest shrinking country in the world, has been getting smaller since 2005. It now has a population of 126.8 million. In less than a century, there will be only 45 million Japanese. In the countryside, whole villages are disappearing at this moment as the elderly die off and the young head to the cities. Japan’s fertility rate is an abysmal 1.20 (a nation will have a stable population if its rate is 2.1).
Other countries are following Japan into a demographic sinkhole. South Korea has a fertility rate of 1.22—and Singapore’s is a catastrophic 1.10. Population giant China claims a fertility rate of 1.2. In fifteen years, and perhaps as few as ten, its population will peak and then rapidly fall off.
It will take a long time for the Philippines to shrink. But, Mari Lim, you’re right that we need to keep our eye on the famous Carlos Celdran. If he gets his way, his country will stop growing at its roaring pace, joining the trend in a region that will soon get smaller.
Demography may not be destiny, but it does, as Nicholas Eberstadt notes, set the limit of what is possible. For Asia, the horizons will narrow as its leading societies shrivel.
Demography, the “relentless maker and breaker of civilizations,” is the next big trend in Asia to watch.
Hey, Gordon! Wake up call!
The Malthusian Theory is a...T-H-E-O-R-Y!
And get this...It has been debunked by Simon Kuznets. And OH Gordon! He won a Nobel for THAT work!
Don't throw your trash in our backyard! Back off from our lives, Gordon!
Here are more articles debunking what these maniacs are purporting as Bible truths in population control.
FYI. Dona Consolacion was so happy when Forbes wrote about him. Was it really about the advocacy or about him?
Ehhhh, you know the answer.