Quoting Quiverfull: Wooden Battle Spoons?

QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull honestly and thoughtfully.

From the Prairie Muffin Manifesto

 32) Though we abhor the idea of women being involved in the military and fighting battles which men are commanded to fight, Prairie Muffins recognize that there is a real battle in which they are on the front lines: the battle of the seed of the woman against the seed of the serpent. In this most-important conflict, we gratefully serve King Jesus in the capacity He has given us, waving our wooden spoons and rallying our children to stand alongside us in the battle, training them to be mighty warriors in the defense and furthering of God’s kingdom.

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  • http://biblicalpersonhood.wordpress.com/ Retha

    Ironically enough, the Bible never teach anything – AFAIK – on women entering the military, but it does arguably* call men to bring up children: Eph 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

    Yet, despite a lack of any evidence from the Book they claim to follow, the Bible, they believe women should avoid the military and moms should do most of the bringing up of children.
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    * Eph 6:4 uses a literal word for father in the Greek, but the plural of the word could refer to parents of both genders.

    (The singular of the word there

  • http://biblicalpersonhood.wordpress.com/ Retha

    Sorry for the typos, this is what it should have looked like:
    Ironically enough, the Bible never teach anything – AFAIK – for or against women entering the military, but it does arguably* call men to bring up children: Eph 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

    Yet, despite a lack of any evidence from the Book they claim to follow, the Bible, the Prairie Muffins believe women should avoid the military and moms should do most of the bringing up of children.
    ——–
    * Eph 6:4 uses a literal word for father in the Greek, but the plural of the word could refer to parents of both genders.

  • Jenny Islander

    Don’t they mean waving the wooden spoons at the children? In our house, when the wooden implements of pain come out, they’re toy swords, not spoons. And we do not wave them at opponents who are not themselves armed and armored to fight.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucrezaborgia Lucreza Borgia

    Persecution complex much?

  • http://www.watchtheshepherd.blogspot.com Virginia Knowles

    Goodness, wouldn’t they fight by teaching their children, boys and girls, to be strong in every way? Just watched Monsters vs. Aliens today and loved it. Every girl, especially a teen at the cusp of her future, needs to see this.

  • http://www.watchtheshepherd.blogspot.com Virginia Knowles

    I guess I see what they are trying to say, which is sort of what I was trying to say. I’m not in favor of women on the front lines. But all of us at home have a job to do, men and women. The waving wooden spoons thing was odd, though. Comical in a way, but odd.

  • Nightshade

    Wooden spoons? Give me a break…and a rolling pin.

  • Phatchick

    My nine year old niece LOVED that movie, wanted to be Ginormica for halloween that year.

  • Verity

    According to #19 on the Prairie Muffin Manifesto, even Laura Ingalls Wilder and Louisa May Alcott are too “feminist” and “humanistic” for godly daughters to imitate. Thank you thank you thank you for allowing me to have Little Women back! Now I can reread it without feeling guilty for not being a perfect, Civil War-era Angel in the Home .

  • Nea

    I’m still trying to wrap my head around the idea of Laura Ingalls Wilder – who ran a home and married the only man she ever dated – as being “too feminist.” Why? Because she occasionally lost her temper? Because she got a job – one that her father wanted her to get to help support the family?

  • http://krwordgazer.blogspot.com krwordgazer

    Laura Ingalls Wilder went to the World’s Fair in San Francisco with her grown daughter Rose, and left Almanzo behind to mind the farm. She didn’t believe in corporal punishment of children. She and Almanzo lived as equals, not as boss and subordinate. And I don’t remember for sure, but I think she was for women’s suffrage.

  • Nea

    I think she was for sufferage too. But none of this is in Little House on the Prarie that I remember. That’s the part that I can’t figure out; what feminisim cooties they think their daughters will catch from children’s books that depict the very sort of family that they say they aspire to be.

  • Jenny Islander

    The problem is that the Old Paths they claim to follow were made in our lifetimes. People just plain didn’t live like that in the real Old Days.

  • Nancy B

    Very true Jenny Islander. A woman who survived in history (not including the very wealthy, whose protection and skills were met by servants) better know how to do anything a man could do: farm, hunt, trap, repair wagon wheels or roofs, attend to animals, negotiate, load & fire weapons, perform basic medical procedures, etc.

    To me “feminist” means simply that a female is equal to a male and has the right to do anything she wants to do with her life. I’ve seen the men threatened by the word “feminist,” and they are usually isecure, paranoid,not very bright, and/or have mother issues.

    (I’ve also never seen an atttractive, physically fit one, but maybe that’s just me. Alan Alda called it “testosterone poisoning” back in the day, but I think he was giving the anti-feminists too much credit, if you know what I mean).


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