Is it a coincidence? Columnist Leonard Hitchcock hauls out threadbare warnings about overpopulation; at the same time the United Nations reports announce that, once again, world birth-rates are going down faster than projected.

There are far fewer people in the world than alarmists have been predicting for two generations now, and the people of the world are better nourished than ever before, though we rightly deplore any shortage.

But these evidences do not fit the grand narrative: people are the enemy. Many voices advocate the sterilization of children in the name of transgender "rights," the destruction of babies as reproductive "rights" and many promote smaller families as environmental "rights" — I call the grand narrative karpophobia (from the Greek word "karpos" which means "fruit") — the fear and hatred of natural fruitfulness. "Children are a heritage of the Lord, and the fruit of the womb is his reward," Psalm 127.

Monty Ledford,

Aberdeen