The Population Bomb Bombs

John Stonestreet, Radio Host and Director of the Colson Center

Recently, the New York Times reported that U.S. population growth is now at its second lowest rate in history. Lower birth rates devastate a country’s ability to ward off labor shortages, compete economically, and take care of its elderly.

The question is, why is this happening now?

One overlooked factor is the power of bad ideas: particularly the treatment of sex as a commodity, commitment as optional, and children as a burden. Children are often seen today as obstacles, not blessings, getting in the way of making money and satisfying our desires.

But this view misses the awesome responsibility and source of immense joy children are. Every person bears the image of God, so whenever families produce children, they mirror God to the world. Sure kids are sometimes irritating, but they’re often hilarious, and they always remind us that life isn’t about ourselves.

That’s a message a culture on the brink of a demographic crisis desperately needs to hear.

Copyright 2021 by the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. Reprinted from BreakPoint.org with permission.

Arkansas House Rejects Bill Legalizing No-Fault Divorce

On Wednesday the Arkansas House of Representatives soundly rejected H.B. 1697 by Rep. Ashley Hudson (D – Little Rock), Rep. Andrew Collins (D – Little Rock), and Sen. Greg Leding (D – Fayetteville).

This bad bill would permit no-fault divorce in Arkansas.

Under current law, couples in Arkansas can divorce in cases such as infidelity, abuse, following a lengthy separation, and other circumstances.

H.B. 1697 would permit divorce due to irreconcilable differences, discord, or conflict of personalities regardless of whether or not the husband or wife is at fault.

The bill only received 31 votes in favor of it.

Fifty-eight representatives voted against the bill. Two voted “Present.”

Reps. Pilkington (R – Russellville), Dotson (R – Bentonville), and Breaux (R – Holiday Island) all spoke against this bad bill. Reps. Dalby (R – Texarkana) and Cozart (R – Hot Springs) spoke in favor of the bill.

Below is a breakdown of the vote on H.B. 1697.

Voted For H.B. 1697

  • F. Allen
  • Christiansen
  • Clowney
  • A. Collins
  • Cozart
  • Dalby
  • Ennett
  • Eubanks
  • K. Ferguson
  • D. Ferguson
  • Fielding
  • D. Garner
  • Godfrey
  • M. Gray
  • Haak
  • Hillman
  • M. Hodges
  • Hudson
  • Jett
  • Love
  • Magie
  • McCullough
  • Murdock
  • Nicks
  • Perry
  • Richardson
  • Scott
  • Springer
  • Wardlaw
  • Warren
  • D. Whitaker

Voted Against H.B. 1697

  • Barker
  • Beatty Jr.
  • Beck
  • Bentley
  • S. Berry
  • M. Berry
  • Boyd
  • Bragg
  • Breaux
  • Brooks
  • Brown
  • Bryant
  • Carr
  • Cloud
  • Coleman
  • C. Cooper
  • Crawford
  • Deffenbaugh
  • Dotson
  • Evans
  • C. Fite
  • L. Fite
  • Fortner
  • Furman
  • Gazaway
  • Gonzales
  • Hawks
  • Holcomb
  • L. Johnson
  • Ladyman
  • Lowery
  • Lundstrum
  • Lynch
  • Maddox
  • J. Mayberry
  • McClure
  • McCollum
  • M. McElroy
  • McGrew
  • McKenzie
  • McNair
  • S. Meeks
  • Penzo
  • Pilkington
  • Ray
  • Richmond
  • Rye
  • Slape
  • B. Smith
  • S. Smith
  • Speaks
  • Tollett
  • Tosh
  • Underwood
  • Vaught
  • Watson
  • Womack
  • Wooten

Voted “Present” on H.B. 1697

  • Payton
  • Wing

Did Not Vote

  • Cavenaugh
  • M. Davis
  • Eaves
  • V. Flowers
  • Hollowell
  • Jean
  • Miller
  • Milligan
  • Shepherd

House Committee Passes Bad Bill Permitting No-Fault Divorce in Arkansas

On Tuesday the House Judiciary Committee passed H.B. 1697 by Rep. Ashley Hudson (D – Little Rock), Rep. Andrew Collins (D – Little Rock), and Sen. Greg Leding (D – Fayetteville).

This bad bill permits no-fault divorce in Arkansas.

Under current law, couples in Arkansas can divorce in cases such as infidelity, abuse, following a lengthy separation, and other circumstances.

H.B. 1697 would permit divorce due to irreconcilable differences, discord, or conflict of personalities regardless of if the husband or wife is at fault.

Arkansas already has a high divorce rate. We should pass laws encouraging people to stay married rather than making it even easier to end marriages in our state.

The bill now goes to the entire Arkansas House of Representatives for consideration.