Saturday, January 06, 2007

South Korea Now Leading the Race to Self-Destruct is reporting that South Korea's total fertility rate (TFR) has dropped to 1.08. This is the lowest in the world. The total fertility rate is the average number of children that would be born to a woman if she were to bear children at the current average rate over her child-bearing years. Replacement level necessary to sustain a population is 2.1. The problem is so bad that the Planned Population Federation of Korea (an affiliate of Planned Parenthood) is actually talking about raising the birthrate. Can you believe it?

Yet the South Korean leaders have apparently not recognized the obvious failure of their worldview, at least according to what is reported. The PPFK wants to stimulate child-bearing by encouraging soap opera writers to depict happy mothers with children. Meanwhile, the Minister for Gender Equality and Family wants to move more women into the workforce and increase government funding for child-care. Is this really serious? Stimulating child-bearing through soap operas while also taking mothers or potential mothers out of the home and giving children government nannies? This is another example of what happens when men reject a biblical worldview and substitute their own wisdom. "Claiming to be wise, they became fools" (Romans 1:22).

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