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Christian leader scorched for saying you can’t be ‘human’ if you don’t have kids: ‘So Jesus wasn’t human?

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According to a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, more and more young Americans are putting less and less emphasis on traditional values such as religion, patriotism, and having children. Responding to the poll, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Albert Mohler wrote a blog post arguing that having children is the definition of being “human.” Now, he’s the target of a wave of internet mockery.

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Mohler tweeted out a link to the post with a highlight that read: “Americans are basically, by the millions, giving up on the fact that to be human is to be a parent, eventually to take on that responsibility to get married and have children, to take on the responsibility of passing on civilization itself.”

In the comment thread that developed below Mohler’s tweet, people reminded him that his take doesn’t quite measure up to the bible’s standards, or reality’s standards for that matter:

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Writing for the Friendly Atheist, Hemant Mehta pointed out that Mohler is forgetting a key component that contributes to young people holding off on procreating.

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“Mohler, who runs a school, seems unaware that many people, particularly millennials, are facing crippling student loan debt and a shortage of stable long-term jobs,” Mehta writes. “Consequently, it’s harder to buy property or invest in the future or set up a life that’s conducive for having children. (Also: Our political climate and the environment don’t exactly inspire people to bring new life into the world.) Who can blame them for being jaded about parenthood?”

Featured image: Albert Mohler/Southern Seminary


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No let-up in French strikes as fresh turmoil hits weekend

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The challenge thrown to President Emmanuel Macron over his plans for radical pension reform has seen hundreds of thousands take to the streets and key transport services brought to a standstill.

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Russia likely listened to Trump when he used unsecured phone to call Giuliani: security officials

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This article first appeared in Salon.

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