Network Takes Aim at GrowthBusters, Allows Anti-Contraception Advocate to Mislead
The Christian Broadcasting Network took a swipe at GrowthBusters last week – the day before our world premiere. I will admit I hope the release of this film generates increased national and global dialogue about overpopulation. So I’m glad CBN felt called to report on our film. We were even discussed by Pat Robertson (9:00 into this clip) on The 700 Club. Of course not all media outlets go out of their way to present facts objectively. We were not contacted by any CBN reporters or producers to react to the views they presented.
They chose to let Steven Mosher of Population Research Institute refute one of the central premises of the GrowthBusters documentary, that population growth is a threat to the wellbeing of all the children and future generations of the world. Listen to what Mosher had to say:
While our film takes a very compassionate, humanitarian view of children, and people in general, Mosher’s reasons for “getting back into the game of catastrophic overpopulation” (as Steven Colbert so aptly calls it in our film) reduce human beings to the role of drones serving a financial purpose. I personally find it reprehensible to base a decision about conceiving a child on the desire to prop up a Ponzi economy.
Mosher has been going out of his way to promote increasing fertility by creating a cloud of confusion and misinformation about population growth. Earlier this year his PRI released a series of videos supposedly debunking the “myth of overpopulation.” The videos include such authoritative and intellectually astute points as the fact that you can fit all 7 billion inhabitants of the Earth into the state of Texas. I kid you not.
If this makes you wonder what makes Steven Mosher get out of bed every morning, especially now that Mickey Mouse Club is off the air, word on the street is that Mosher is carrying out an anti-contraception agenda. He was apparently instrumental in getting the United Nations Population Fund defunded by the United States. In this recent interview he accused sustainable population advocates of being racist and promoting coercion, when in fact they are promoting free, informed choice and access to family planning:
He doesn’t stop there, however. He goes on to proclaim that more people equals more prosperity. Julian Simon would be proud. “We’re better off than ever before,” he states. “It’s prosperity that allows us to deal with those problems and set aside nature preserves…” I guess he imagines a world packed full of people, who have appropriated most of the natural world. But that’s okay because we’ve set aside a little acreage for some zoos.
I think it’s dangerous and against the best interests of future generations for Mosher to mislead the public about the state of world, the impact of population growth, and the intent and motivation of sustainable population advocates. I’d like to see us move toward a more factual and civil discussion of these issues. I invite Steven Mosher to join us in that. It’s too bad Sun News and CBN didn’t invite me to have a conversation with Mosher on the air. I guess they have an agenda, too.
Filmaker & GrowthBuster
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