Mitt Romney to College Grads: Start Having Babies As Soon As Possible

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"Get married, have a quiver full of kids if you can." That's the commencement advice Mitt Romney delivered this past weekend to 110 new graduates of Southern Virginia University, a largely Mormon school near Lynchburg, Virginia, where many students volunteered with Romney's failed presidential campaign.


Family values talk at a Latter Day Saints school is hardly surprising, but perhaps some of Romney's scriptural citations were. In a speech peppered with admonitions that graduates should marry and start families young, he dropped in a biblical reference, Psalm 127, more often associated with another religious tradition: the Quiverfull movement.

In that Christian community, the verse Romney chose—"Children are a heritage of the Lord, and the fruit of the womb is His reward. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them"—has become almost synonymous with an absolutist rejection of all forms of contraception or family planning, and an embrace of what believers describe as "biblical patriarchy." Quiverfull adherents have as many children as God will allow, describe their offspring as "arrows" in a divine army, and follow rigid gender roles in the home, where men are the spiritual leaders and women the submissive helpmeets.

Though the Mormon church is not officially anti-contraception, Romney's use of biblical language most often associated with anti-birth-control fundamentalists is consistent. For years, conservative LDS leaders have partnered with right-wing evangelicals and Catholics on precisely this sort of "pro-family" issue. In one right-wing coalition, the World Congress of Families, a Mormon think tank leader coauthored a statement of "pro-family" principles, "The Natural Family: A Manifesto," that echoes Romney's language.

Written By: Kathryn Joyce
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  1. Animals go to great lengths to reduce the fertility of other animals. Humans do it with warfare. But oddly they encourage each other to have large numbers of offspring the couple cannot support, that will require aid from the society in general. They even threaten gay people trying to persuade them to breed.

    The planet has 7 billion people, many times more than it can sustain. Calling for more babies is as irresponsible as calling for more bioweapons.

  2. If he were honest, he’d say, “The fact is, the goofy looking guys in white shirts and ties that we send out on bicycles to spread our nonsense are all mostly just getting pointed and laughed at. The only way this church is going to keep growing, is if us folks who are already members keep a steady stream of biological replacement drones coming off the assembly line.”

  3. Let’s all leave energy consuming devices and water taps running flat out all the time as well.

    This man needs to dig his head out of the book of mooooormoooooon and read Malthus.

  4. Say what you like about them, but religious memeplexes like Mormonism know how to survive and propagate. Mocking the backwards religious breeders is of no real consequence; the real question is how the barren secular memeplex can survive in a world of memetically and genetically aggressive religionists like Romney and bin Laden. Who is playing the Darwinian game to win, you or them?

    • In reply to #7 by Imperius:

      Hi Imperius,

      I didn’t understand your comment.

      Say what you like about them, but religious memeplexes like Mormonism know how to survive and propagate.

      That’s not what the numbers say. I appreciate that the statistics show Mormonism was the fastest growing religion in the last 10 years, but they still only make up less than 2% of the US population, according to Pew Research.

      Romney is probably asking young Mormons to breed because, otherwise, their religion would be shrinking as a fraction of the overall population. Also, the number of new converts not born into Mormonism may not outweigh the number leaving the Church.

      That’s not a memeplex growing and propagating, that’s a memeplex desperately struggling to continue to exist!

      Mocking the backward religious breeders is of no real consequence

      True.

      … the real question is how the barren secular memeplex can survive …

      Any large secular group would include religious people. I assume you meant to say atheists and agnostics?

      What’s the matter Imperius, does the word Atheist frighten you?

      Barren? I’ve reproduced – although I fail to see how my potential failure to match Mormon birth rates affects atheists. Given that being atheist means lacking a belief does it count as a meme? Atheism is a misnomer – there is no atheist philosophy. Secularism, Humanism, Scepticism, these are philosophical approaches to life and society, these are memes.

      In addition, the latest data available show de-conversion away from all religions has been the largest trend in religious affiliation.

      I’m sorry, I’m sure I’m just being dim, but I just don’t get what your talking about.

      [How will non-religious ideas] survive in a world of memetically and genetically aggressive religionists like Romney and bin Laden.

      They are already succeeding.

      Who is playing the Darwinian game to win, you or them?

      In what way are Romney and a dead man playing a game?

      What is “the Darwinian game”?

      Peace.

  5. I think the reason they can do this in the Utah area is because there are a lot of Mormons around to help support each other through this. They network with each other and because they are all doing Gods work their would be plenty of help and benefits given to Mormons by Mormons to support massive families. But surely in the rest of America where they arent so great in numbers, this help will not be as forthcoming and therefore will keep this idea fairly localised?

  6. I don’t know if that happens in the US, but in some developed countries population is actually decreasing. Therefore, this dumbass may have a point here. Of course, his point is rendered moot since the situation is basically this: some countries need more children, while the world itself doesn’t need more people and those same countries who need to be “rejuvenated” do not, in fact, have the (economic) means to support the people they need (I’m speaking from personal experience here, my country is deeply affected by this and it’s a relatively well studied issue).

  7. I’ll see your quote from that mishmash of drivel, ‘The Bible’, and raise you one from arguably the greatest philosopher ever to have existed, ‘The Tick’.

    Everybody was a baby once, Arthur. Oh, sure, maybe not today, or even yesterday. But once. Babies, chum: tiny, dimpled, fleshy mirrors of our us-ness, that we parents hurl into the future, like leathery footballs of hope. And you’ve got to get a good spiral on that baby, or evil will make an interception.

  8. Wow, not that he was that close but this man was almost almost president? They are simply doing it to win the breeding battle. However they are not growing as fast as they claim if at all. They baptize a few but retain very few of them. I left the church 15 years ago yet never sent in the official letter of resignation they require. Things like this make me want to. It’s kind of like my old blockbuster membership though, idk if it’s worth the time to cancel it. Anyway out of 12 children only 3 really follow the religion any more. None have sent in their letters to my knowledge. Issues like gay marriage, speeches like this, info on the internet. They can breed if they want but their numbers are even worse than they seem. I’m predicting within the next couple years the final 3 will be out. I give the mormons 1 more generation until they are again almost 100% a Utah cult. Their current leader is a good old Utah boy that i’m sure is getting tired of some of their less profitable expansions. He’ll soon get a revelation to cut some of the loss leaders ;)

  9. The college graduated 110?? That is a very small class. We graduate 500+ every year from the high school. I graduated (a long time ago) among a class of 800+.

    A quick google of the University yields the following: 729 students, 92% latter day saints….. Their Bio department does teach Evolution.

    • Yeah, even way back in 1979 when I graduated, our high school in the middle-of-nowhere Montana graduated 2,000 sutdents. Granted, it was a regional high school, but still, that’s a lot. You’d think with the Mormon breed-like-rabbits meme, they’d be graduating larger classes in their schools.
      In reply to #18 by crookedshoes:

      The college graduated 110?? That is a very small class. We graduate 500+ every year from the high school. I graduated (a long time ago) among a class of 800+.

      A quick google of the University yields the following: 729 students, 92% latter day saints….. Their Bio department does teach Evolutio…

  10. The LDS Church is not to be under-estimated. They not only want large families, they strongly encourage those who have fertility issues to adopt. Especially from other cultures. They have effectively abandoned the “curse of Cain” dogma and now actively look for missionary opportunities in Africa and for opportunities for their members to adopt African and Asian orphans. The church as a unit seeks to grow numerically and to extend their power as much as possible. They truly believe there is a battle going on between good and evil. Of course, they and other like-minded groups are good, and in the culture wars that have been going on, you can guess who is perceived as evil.

    Mormons also invest heavily in their children. It isn’t just about birthing them. They make sure that everything in their upbringing revolves around the church. They see people they respect monthly get up in a testimony meeting a speak with great solemnity about the truthfulness of the church. Children are given much encouragement and positively reinforced for their devout adherence to the church.

    Mormons are encouraged to get a practical education (one that will land one a good job, i.e. business, law, medicine, etc.) and you will find Mormons heavily represented in lucrative fields. You will find them over-represented in government jobs as well, particularly in the CIA where their language skills learned on Mormon missions is a valuable asset to the federal government.

    Like I said. Don’t underestimate the LDS Church.

  11. More specifically, Mitt Romney speaks his mind that a minority of College Grads should stand making babies as soon as possible. And presumably get out of the workplace and back into the kitchen as soon as possible. Wouldn’t want to clog up the work place with all those female hormones now would we?

  12. Aside from (or maybe in addition to) Romney’s particular brand of patriarchal religion, this is just more chanting of the Religiopublicans’ mantra: “Get back in the kitchen, women!” Barefoot and pregnant, without access to birth control or abortion, women won’t have the chance to get all uppity and vote or take skilled jobs away from men or boss men around or make any decisions more important than what to wear or what to have for dinner. And that’s just the way the Religiopublicans, with their teeny-weeny peenies and fragile egos, like it.

  13. Mormonism is like a cancer. Currently the tumor is located in Utah but its trying to metastisize. Fortunately we stopped the Romney metastatic tumor before it could grow…

    The implication here is, of course, that no matter how crazy you think they are, like real cancers they could very well take over and kill the organism they are hosted in.

  14. Call me a close minded bigot if you like but I managed less than a minute of this pathetic windbag. Parading this garbage on this site opens the windows to a prurient obsession with fuckwits that will inevitably have us compared to the audiences of Victorian Freak Shows. Romney is only interesting because he has enough money to self-publicise himself on the grand stage of a Presidential Election Campaign, supported by the Stupid Party and voted for by cretins. Why are we paying him the compliment of noticing him? He is history or more accurately: a footnote of history

  15. No sooner have catholic women abandoned this sort of thinking in droves, than another lunatic organisation is urging adherents to have more children than they can comfortably support. There’s an inverse correlation between a large family and prosperity. I’m sure this point is not lost on the many branches of religion championing this state of affairs.

  16. I know this is mostly Mormon university but I was aghast to hear all the God and biblical references. Never in my life have I heard such a God-laden speech, or a sermon really, at a graduation, and I attended a few, including my own, in two different countries in Europe over the years.

    • In reply to #29 by HenMie:

      I know this is mostly Mormon university but I was aghast to hear all the God and biblical references. Never in my life have I heard such a God-laden speech, or a sermon really, at a graduation, and I attended a few, including my own, in two different countries in Europe over the years.

      In the midst of the preaching, the second “m” in Mormon is still silent!!

  17. Think about how pernicious this kind of reckless procreation can be when combined with an End Times worldview: Running thin on resources due to overpopulation? Is the rapidly warming planet causing food shortages? No need to worry. Just make sure you guide as many humans to salvation as possible before God raptures everything.

  18. Reaching into the deep, and not conforming means getting married, and having as many babies as you can? There are so many things wrong with his speech it’s ridiculous. It sounds more like he wants Mormons to out breed everyone.

  19. Mitt Romney is a complete IDIOT. I voted for the first time in my life during this last presidential election and I’m in my mid-fifties. I was provoked to do so because of this complete dumb-ass. It says a lot when you make your choices based totally on the lesser of two evil’s. Even folks that call themselves religious should say “Damn, what a retard”. The morons, I mean Mormons, are trying to breed the rest of us out of existence. Kinda sounds like the Catholic’s.

  20. What’s wrong with quitting work to raise children?
    What’s wrong with wanting a large family?

    I quit my job to raise my kids. I’m a man. My wife currently supports us all. So, please, in your efforts to slam religious people and tradcons don’t also slam secular progressive liberals who also happen to value family and think raising kids is their primary role.

    Hey atheist, secular, liberals, don’t do that! Don’t be THAT person!

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