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LESSON-1-2
LESSON-3
LESSON-4.1
LESSON-4.2
LESSON-5.1
LESSON-5.2
LESSON-6.1
LESSON-6.2
LESSON-7.1
LESSON-7.2
LESSON-7.3
LESSON-8
LESSON-9
LESSON-10.1
LESSON-10.2
LESSON-11
LESSON-12
LESSON-13.1
LESSON-13.2
LESSON-14
LESSON-15.1
LESSON-15.2
Contraception
The Sex Life of the Gods. Michael Knerr. CHAPTER-1
CHAPTER-2-3
CHAPTER-4
CHAPTER-5-6
CHAPTER-7-8
CHAPTER-9-10
CHAPTER-11-12
CHAPTER-13-14
CHAPTER-15-16
CHAPTER-17-18-19

decrees of any Church organization. The answer to those who urge that 

"Birth Control is contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church" is: 

"Well, what of it? if you are not a Catholic!" 

 

The force of the above objection to Birth Control becomes important when 

we find that those who are opposed to Birth Control merely because their 

Church condemns it do not content themselves with letting alone the 

subject, but would also endeavor to fasten the rule of their Church upon 

the rest of society. While such persons are undoubtedly acting in good 

faith, and inspired by motives which seem good to them, they should stop 

to remember that general society refuses to accept the rules of their 

Church in the matter of Marriage and Divorce, and is likely to refuse a 

like attempt to fasten upon it the rules of the Church in the case of 

Birth Control. The general public, here and in the first mentioned 

cases, will insist upon entering a plea of "LACK OF JURISDICTION." 

 

In the cases of persons outside of the Church in question who may 

consider Birth Control to be contrary to their religious convictions and 

teachings, there is to be made the same answer given above, namely, that 

the advocates of Birth Control are not trying to force anything upon 

those who entertain such religious or conscientious scruples--they would 

leave such persons free to follow the dictates of their own conscience 

or the religious teachings favored by them. But at the same time they 

would demand the legal and moral right to follow the dictates of their 

own conscience and reason, and would insist upon their right to receive 

legal protection for the dissemination of their scientific teachings. 

All that the advocates of Birth Control are claiming is the right of 

free speech and free knowledge concerning this subject which they deem 

concerned with the future progress and well-being of the race. 

 

The argument against Birth Control which is based upon the claim that it 

is "irreligious," arises from the general tradition based upon the 

Hebrew conception of a Deity who bade the legendary first families of 

the race to "increase and multiply." According to the scriptural 

narrative this authoritative command was addressed to a world inhabited 

by eight people. From such a point of view a world's population of a few 

thousand persons would have seemed inconceivably great. But the old 

legendary command has become a tradition which has survived amid 

conditions totally unlike those under which it arose. 

 

Under this old traditionary conception reproduction was regarded as a 


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