Recently failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney showed up in my state to speak to the graduating class of Southern Virginia University. Turns out that the school near Lynchburg and Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University is known as a Mormon school.
Seeing the photos of this outing of Mitt’s at first I thought, well good for him, better than the sad-faced every day Mitt Romney sightings we’ve seen post election. Scenes of Romney filling up his SUV at the gas pump or buying mass quantities at Costco like some regular schmo that doesn’t have twenty servants to wipe his rear.
So this new, smiling, advice-dispensing, Mitt Romney spoke to the 110 souls that finished their education. What wisdom did he dispense? How to make a million dollars while napping or shopping at Costco? How to invest Daddy’s money so you can live off the interest? Wished them success on their careers? Nope. He told them this:
“Children are a heritage of the Lord, and the fruit of the womb is His reward. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them”
What? Leave college with your expensive education, immediately marry and start popping out the babies? If I didn’t know better I would suspect this was something out of the Broadway play “The Book of Mormon”, like the lyrics from near the end of the musical “Joseph Smith American Moses” –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gkf4T8iP6fs
Even though their prophet had died, the Mormons stuck together
And helped each other and were really nice to everyone they came across
And then one day the Mormons finally found
Sal Tlay Ka Siti (Sal Tlay Ka Siti)
And there, the Mormons danced with Ewoks and were greeted by Jesus
JESUS (AFRICAN MAN)
Now, let’s all have as many babies as we can
And make big Mormon families
Seriously? The very thing that we’ve shown here at No Longer Quivering as unhealthy for everyone involved, the husbands, the wives and the children. It’s not like many of the audience is as rich as Croesus so that they could actually afford to properly raise, feed, cloth and educate a horde of children. It’s hard to quiver when you don’t even have plumbing in your home. Don’t believe me? Ask Serene Allison.
But it was noted that what Mitt is advising is not a great thing for anyone. Both Mother Jones magazine and PoliticusUSA and other media outlets have been playing attention to what we’ve been saying here. Kathryn Joyce (Quiverfull: Inside The Christian Patriarchy Movement) mentioned NLQ in both pieces so that those unaware of the problems with attempting to live a life devoid of birth control while welcoming a new baby every year can bring.
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Calulu lives near Washington DC , was raised Catholic in South Louisiana before falling in with a bunch of fallen Catholics whom had formed their own part Fundamentalist, part Evangelical church. After fifteen uncomfortable years drinking that Koolaid she left nearly 6 years ago. Her blog is Calulu – Seeking The Light and The Burqa Experience
NLQ Recommended Reading …
‘Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment‘ by Janet Heimlich
‘Quivering Daughters‘ by Hillary McFarland
‘Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement‘ by Kathryn Joyce