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Michelle Duggar, star of TLC's reality show, "19 Kids and Counting", says there needs to be more children because our world needs more joy. And as for overpopulation? That's just a lie, Duggar recently told the Christian Broadcasting Network in a web interview. "The idea of overpopulation is not accurate," Duggar says, because the entire population of the world could fit inside of Jacksonville, Florida.

"I agree with Mother Teresa when she said, 'to say that there are too many children is like saying there are too many flowers,'" Duggar said.

Michelle Duggar, Huff Post 133 Comments [4/3/2012 3:55:24 AM]
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Table Rock

And you could fit 20 people inside a VW Beetle. That doesn't mean we can live comfortably or even survive in there for any significant length of time.

4/3/2012 4:02:57 AM


Stupid woman; it's not space that we're running out of.

4/3/2012 4:05:29 AM


Yes because starving diseased children bring so much joy to this planet. There are more countries than America Duggar.

Do you think that people talk about overpopulation because they feel there isn't enough elbow room? Is that what you think overpopulation is?

4/3/2012 4:07:20 AM


You mean those charming, and even nutritious and tasty, little yellow plush buttons dotting your lawn?... Oh, that's different. And do you mean all those "icky brown heathens" you're trying to outbreed? Oh, that's different, too.

4/3/2012 4:15:23 AM

Percy Q. Shunn

You silly cunt!

4/3/2012 4:16:32 AM


How can people hold such views in the modern world? We are hitting crisis point with overpopulation and everyone needs to take reproductive responsibility. Look outside of your bubble and see the bigger picture, Ms Duggar >-<

4/3/2012 4:20:07 AM


Yeah. Because when I want an opinion on overpopulation I go right to the frontrunning Catholic Stepford wife.

4/3/2012 4:22:55 AM


Remember the Dust Bowl? With those "too many flowers" or plants sucking up all the fertility out of the land rendering it useless?

4/3/2012 4:23:02 AM


Advice on overpopulation from a woman who has ltters.

4/3/2012 4:28:17 AM

oldest of four

So, oh enlightened ones, what's the ideal number of kids?

4/3/2012 4:35:32 AM


Lady, it's a vagina, not a waterslide...

4/3/2012 4:39:13 AM


4/3/2012 4:39:16 AM

N. De Plume

"I agree with Mother Teresa when she said, 'to say that there are too many children is like saying there are too many flowers,'" Duggar said.

Spoken like someone who has never had to worry about the daily pollen count.

4/3/2012 4:40:23 AM


Maybe you could bring joy to this world by fighting against bullshit social norms that say "PUT AWAY YOUR TOYS! GROW UP!" Seriously, that shit isn't relevant anymore.

4/3/2012 4:44:42 AM


Yes, fitting exactly 3 people per square meter. (They used to say we could fit in Texas, they have got crazier).
Unfortunately, the ecological weight of an average world citizen is 2.7 (good) hectares, and the world can sustainably support only 1.8 each. of course, the number will decrease if we keep a) increasing in numbers b) depleting resources faster than they can be renewed.
The ecological weight of a Western European is 5.0, that of a North American is 8.0.
And of course ANY number is ultimately unsustainable if the population keeps increasing, not to mention multiply itself by 10 each generation (assuming 20 kids per couple is even possible).

That is not even considering the obvious facts that
1) A woman who bears many children has much higher risks of eventually dying in childbirth, especially if she starts young.
2)The same woman will have to avoid education if she starts childbearing early and will of course not be able to work. Therefore very high fertility is inherently opposed to the free and idepedent life of women.
3)The children will be neglected, even assuming no poverty and the best itentions from the parents.

God, natalists bring out my inner sociopath.

4/3/2012 4:51:02 AM


More joy for whom? Certainly not the children. I'd hate to compete with 18 others for your demented attention, much the same way I'd hate to be in Jacksonville with 7 billion other people competing for the world's waning natural resources. But hey, if that's what you need to be happy, use as many children as you need.

4/3/2012 4:58:39 AM

Brendan Rizzo

Um, no. The last time I heard this fundie canard, it was that the whole world's population could fit in Texas (which may well be true; Texas is big). However, land area isn't what matters when determining overpopulation. What matters is whether or not there are enough resources to sustain the population into the indefinite future, and while the carrying capacity of Earth is higher than it's ever been thanks to advances in agriculture, that trend won't hold up eventually. Also, impoverished nations are already feeling the effects of overpopulation, so maybe if fundies were less parochial (as if!) they would realize that and help us avert disaster.

4/3/2012 5:00:07 AM

Michelle Duggar...says there needs to be more children because our world needs more joy.

Tell that to the people of Africa.

...the entire population of the world could fit inside of Jacksonville, Florida.

Perhaps so. But just trying living like that for 12 hours. Not even a day.

Won't happen in your best dreams.

4/3/2012 5:03:10 AM

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

A uterus is not a clown car!

4/3/2012 5:06:05 AM


Uh, Canadiest?

The Duggar's are Baptists, not Catholics. Us Catholics are the ones using birth control in spite of what the Church says.

4/3/2012 5:17:41 AM

Philbert McAdamia

I wonder if Jacksonville is the largest city Michelle has been to.

@ crisis_of_reason
...I'd hate to be in Jacksonville with 7 billion other people ...

I'd hate to be in Jacksonville period.
I've been there.
Never again. Never again.

@Swede, below
There are enough rattlesnakes, roaches and mosquitoes to go around in Jacksonville, that's for sure.

4/3/2012 5:18:13 AM


Can you also grow/produce enough weat, corn, carrots, apple, beef, milk and cotton (etc) for the entire population inside Jacksonville, Florida?
Is there clean freshwater enough for the entire population, and enough waste facilities inside Jacksonville, Florida?

To say there are too many children is more like saying there are too many cars.
Try driving in New York or Tokyo during rush hour.

Can you really show each child enough love, respect and interest, when you have 19 of them? What quality time can each expect from their mother each day? From their father? How do they support this large a family? Is that why they have a reality show, to get a lot of sponsors?

4/3/2012 5:19:58 AM


Since when has it ever been about space with regards to overpopulation?

We've got bags of space/ So much space we couldn't even hope to fill it. Most of the largest countries in the world have large amounts of their area completely uninhabited like Canada, Russia and even parts of the US.

What matters is our ability to feed these people. The more people there are, the more land has to be taken up housing them and building places for them to work and places that build the things they need. This means less land for growing their food.

Last time I checked, the average human needs more than one acre of land to support their food needs for a year (maybe two or three). There are 6 billion humans and counting. Eventually the world is simply going to run out of viable food producing land, and so humanity will run out of food. And that's assuming that all humans use the same amount of food. Certain areas of the world use five times their allocated amount per person.

So what's it to be Michelle? Are you going to give up your all-you-can-eat Texas style barbecues? Or are you going to breed responsibly?

4/3/2012 5:20:12 AM

Mister Spak

" the entire population of the world could fit inside of Jacksonville, Florida."

But there would be no room for 5 billion port-a-potties.

4/3/2012 5:32:40 AM


Someone needs to see that old Star Trek episode, The Mark of Gideon.

4/3/2012 5:45:20 AM

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