Publisher: Tumblar House
Publication Date: August 8, 2018
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A Statement of Christian Doctrine Against the Neo-Malthusians.
Artificial Birth Control is considered by most people today to be one of the most wonderful things ever invented by Man – on a par with fire or the wheel. Its benefits to society and the individuals therein are constantly ballyhooed by government, media, and the education industry, and its loving acceptance considered to be one of the main signs of a civilised people. But – what if that is all a lie? What if the truth is that its wholehearted embrace by Western society is in fact responsible for many of the evils that afflict us, ranging from the deathly – such as the collapse of social security – to the merely annoying, as with men refusing to treat women with respect? What if those in charge of forming our opinions for us have in reality been conmen, blindly using our worst instincts to ruin us? This is in fact the real “inconvenient truth” of our time: we have been offered a shoddy bill of tainted goods, and like marks and dupes from the beginning of time, have eagerly bought.
Fifty years ago, a lone voice tried to tell us the truth: Pope Paul VI in his horrifically prophetic encyclical, Humanae Vitae. He suffered for doing so the rest of his life, being attacked not only by the sleazy figures who dominate government, media, and education – but also by supposedly Catholic bishops, priests, and laity. They broke his heart, but his predictions have nevertheless come true – and we who are living now are forced to deal with them.
To commemorate the Golden Anniversary of Humanae Vitae, we offer this book, written in 1922 by Halliday Sutherland, a distinguished doctor, naval officer, and travel writer. Despite his innumerable accomplishments in many fields – not least literary – and his great fame during his lifetime, Dr. Sutherland has been punished since his death with obscurity. His approach to the question is not that of a Pope, but of a doctor and man of the world, who could see what a horrific effect birth control would have on society in very practical terms. When this book came out, he was slapped with a libel suit by Marie Stopes, the British Margaret Sanger. After two years of litigation he was finally vindicated in the courts; as you will see, his predictions too were bourne out by subsequent events. But reality means nothing to children of the lie – even when it slaps them in the face. Even so, if we love our country, mankind, and our own integrity, we must at some point accept and act upon the truth. This book is a powerful way to do that.
Foreword by Charles A. Coulombe.
In an age in which thought and reason are suppressed by systematised confusion and spiritless perplexity, the very simplicity of a truth will operate against its general acceptance.
From the theological point of view, the myth of overpopulation is definitely of anti-Christian growth, because it assumes that, owing to the operation of natural instincts implanted in mankind by the Creator, the only alternative offered to the race is a choice between misery and vice, an alternative utterly incompatible with Divine goodness in the government of the world.
Without discussion, without investigation, and without proof, our professors, politicians, leader-writers, and even our well-meaning socialists, have accepted as true the bare falsehood that there is always an insufficient supply of the necessities of life; and today this heresy permeates all our practical politics.
Malthus did a greater and a more evil thing. He forged a law of nature, namely, that there is always a limited and insufficient supply of the necessities of life in the world
Moral catastrophes inevitably lead to physical catastrophes. (speaking on birth control)
FOREWORDBy Charles A. Coulombe
In a society based on lies, tellers of truth must pay the price for their veracity. Sometimes this price is paid with suffering whilst they live; at other, the penalty is obscurity after death, no matter how accomplished they may have been, howsoever heroic or helpful to their fellow man they may have been. The latter punishment was meted out to Halliday Sutherland (1882-1960), the author of this book.
His travel books first came to my attention when I was in High School—there were copies of his Lapland Adventure and Hebridean Adventure in my school library. His skillful and vivid writing brought those remote places alive to the reader—as did his appreciation for the local folklore. Later, I discovered that he was a Catholic convert, and that Chesterton himself had lauded his work, saying “Dr. Halliday Sutherland is a born writer, especially a born story-teller. Dr. Sutherland, who is distinguished in medicine, is an amateur in the sense that he only writes when he has nothing better to do. But when he does, it could hardly be done better.” Indeed.
It turned out that his medical career was indeed distinguished. Becoming a doctor in 1908, the newly minted Dr. Sutherland would go to hold a number of distinguished positions in his chosen profession. But he chose in particular what was then a devastating medical enemy: tuberculosis. At the time, the disease was rife among Britain’s poor. Partly it was because of the appalling conditions under which so many of them lived, and partly because the then common treatment—sending the sufferer off to recover, if possible, at a resort-like sanatorium in a healthier climate—was quite simply beyond the means of the disease’s poorer victims. But there were other factors, such as the sale of cheap tuberculous milk to the poverty stricken, and its consumption by their children. In combating this plague, he came up against resistance from the then popular eugenics lobby.
Although few people would openly admit to espousing eugenics today, thanks to Nazi support for it rendering it less than respectable (although one still hears private complaints about various groups “breeding like rabbits”), it was quite popular among what passed for the educated circles in North America and Europe before and after World War I. Thus, in his article on “Civilization” in the 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica, American physician Dr. Henry Smith Williams could blithely write:
Equally obvious must it appear to the cosmopolite of some generation of the future that quality rather than mere numbers must determine the efficiency of any given community. Race suicide will then cease to be a bugbear; and it will no longer be considered rational to keep up the census at the cost of propagating low orders of intelligence, to feed the ranks of paupers, defectives and criminals. On the contrary it will be thought fitting that man should become the conscious arbiter of his own racial destiny to the extent of applying whatever laws of heredity he knows or may acquire in the interests of his own species, as he has long applied them in the case of domesticated animals.
Dr. Sutherland soon realized that the eugenists opposed any efforts to reduce tuberculosis among the poor. By the time he began to speak out publicly against the Eugenics lobby in 1917, 10,000 British children were dying of the disease a year—due in no small part to the tainted milk mentioned earlier. At that time one of Britain’s leading eugenists declared that the disease was “a rough, but on the whole very serviceable check, on the survival and propagation of the unfit.”
Early on, Dr. Sutherland discovered that foremost among the holders of this position were the advocates of artificial contraception. Of the most notable of these were the American Margaret Sanger and the British Marie Stopes. Both saw their work as a way of eliminating the unfit—a position that led Mrs. Sanger to be endorsed by both the Nazis and the Ku-Klux-Klan. As a result, Dr. Sutherland opposed the practice on both ethical and moral grounds.
In 1922, Dr. Sutherland wrote Birth Control: A Statement of Christian Doctrine against the Neo-Malthusians—the book you are about to read. He had just converted to Catholicism, a move which strengthened his pre-existing views. Amongst other things, he exposed the eugenics interests of Mrs. Stopes, to which she did not react well. She sued Dr. Sutherland for libel, was defeated in the first court, upheld on appeal, and at last was defeated in the House of Lords. There was no libel, only a blunt description of the issues involved and the motivations of the birth control adherents. But he ended the book with a statement that—seen from 2018—was chillingly prophetic:
Our declining birth-rate is a fact of the utmost gravity, and a more serious position has never confronted the British people. Here in the midst of a great nation, at the end of a victorious war, the law of decline is working, and by that law the greatest empires in the world have perished. In comparison with that single fact all other dangers, be they of war, of politics, or of disease, are of little moment. Attempts have already been made to avert the consequences by the partial endowment of motherhood and by a saving of infant life. Physiologists are now seeking among the endocrinous glands and the vitamins for a substance to assist procreation. ‘Where are my children?’ was the question shouted yesterday from the cinemas. ‘Let us have children, children at any price,’ will be the cry of tomorrow.
Foreign labour and women in the military are the means our masters have employed to attempt to make up for the population implosion in Europe and North America.
This edition is part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Bl. Pope Paul’s encyclical, Humanae Vitae. As with Dr. Sutherland, Paul VI was aware of the danger to humanity artificial contraception posed; similarly, in its pages he prophesied exactly how the relationship between the sexes would disintegrate. Here again, from our perspective he seems like a wildly successful fortune teller—just like Dr. Sutherland.
Mention must be made here of the Halliday Sutherland website (https://hallidaysutherland.com) maintained by his Australian grandson, Mark Sutherland. The younger Mr. Sutherland must congratulated on his yeoman efforts in reviving his illustrious forebear’s name and work. Far better able to introduce the reader to Dr. Sutherland’s life and work than a short foreword could ever be, it is heartily recommended to the reader. As with Humanae Vitae, may the good doctor’s work find a home in the hearts of the rising generation. Dr. Sutherland’s views—on this and a great many other things—have never been more needed than today.
Charles A. Coulombe
July 25, 2018
Feast of St. James the Great
"Chillingly prophetic." - Charles Coulombe, author of Puritan's Empire.
Halliday Gibson Sutherland (1882–1960) was a British physician, author, opponent of eugenics and the producer of Britain's first public health education cinema film in 1911. His obituary in the British Medical Journal in the British Medical Journal described him as “a tenacious fighter for the principles he thought were right, whether medical or political.”
This book was fascinating - republished from 1922 by TumblarHouse. Particularly interesting was the account of the 1920 Lambeth conference where the Anglicans condemned birth control. The author expressed concern that they would fall on this issue. It happened within 10 years.
This is a masterful work. Sutherland gets to the root of the reason why birth control exists, and in doing so, he provides several silver bullet arguments against it. For example, one of the premises of the Malthusian argument, which people might not be aware of is the belief that God has not provided us with sufficient resources to live and thrive. There is no need for me to explain why that is diabolical.Sutherland dissects the Malthusian and picks it apart so that the argument on both sides become clear. Read this to strengthen your ability to defend the truth with sword and shield!