November 2, 2011 8:37 PM
Margaret Sanger: 1957 Mike Wallace interview
The Mike Wallace Interview with Margaret Sanger, 9/21/57
Margaret Sanger, the leader of the birth control movement in America, talks to Wallace about why she became an advocate for birth control, and a warrior against over-population, the Catholic Church, and morality.
Watch the interview.
Read the transcript.
Incredible history lesson for those who weren't yet born. At the time, it wasn't just the Catholic Church who saw the destructive nature of birth control. Here's what Redbook Magazine (you know, the one at the checkout counter) had to say in March 1956: "Birth Control is a devastating social force, which tends to weaken the moral fibre of the community. Immunity from parenthood encourages promiscuity, particularly when unmarried persons can so easily avail themselves of the devices."
The elephant in the living room - as far as modern efforts to elevate Margaret Sanger to secular sainthood - is that Margaret Sanger was an angry, elitist woman who wanted to eradicate the lower classes, including those whose only sin was the color of their skin or their economic condition.
And a big btw: Wonder how Mike Wallace feels about his pimping for Phillip Morris . . . .so awkward.
It was very painful to watch this interview. My thoughts were: she is a very angry, arrogant woman who, despite what she says, has a vendetta against the Catholic Church. Her marriage situation, again despite what she says, stunk. She couldn't even live with the guy. If you sit quietly and look past her easy dismissals, you see a very vindictive woman. Lord have mercy on her soul. I noticed that she had two sons. One had 6 children, the other 2. Looks like one son didn't agree with her but, hey! What kind of mother was she? She abandoned her family for this cause (it broke up her first marriage and she opted to stay on the road instead of raising her sons).
She contradicts what she previously had said, claiming she either never said them or didn't remember. My heart is just sick after hearing and seeing her.
You know what's even worse? Is knowing that there are so many people who wouldn't see anything wrong with what she said or how she said it. And look at the world we're in now.
Oh, there's more. So much more to say about that interview and that evil woman but I'm too sick. I need a mental lift. I need to see the beauty of God again.
Posted by: Sue from Buffalo | November 3, 2011 10:33 AM
Sue - I know what you mean. As an antidote to the ugliness of this interview and this wretched human being, I offer the Litany of the Saints http://mommylife.net/archives/2011/11/litany_of_the_s_1.html
Posted by: Barbara | November 3, 2011 11:14 AM
Thank you, Barbara. After that interview, I listened to Rich Mullins. Remember, he's the one who wrote and sang, "Awesome God". There were so many beautiful inspiring songs on his CD that, along with some prayers, brought me back. (smile)
Posted by: Sue from Buffalo | November 3, 2011 1:26 PM
Redbook, huh? I can't help thinking, is it just me or have they changed a bit?
Posted by: enness | November 5, 2011 2:10 PM