Quoting Quiverfull: Part 1 – Michael Pearl Defending His Strawman?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Spank and Save a ChildEditor's note: Michael manages to beat all his favorite dead horses in this: television, public school, liberals, global warming, environmentalists, animal rights people, gays, communists and fascists. Sometimes he manages to come across like some strange isolationist who has time-traveled back from the early 1950s to warn about the 'Red Scare'. Since he loves to claim that his critics misquote him we like to quote every single word of his misogynistic rantings and let the readers decide they are actually about. … [Read more...]

NLQ Question of the Week: Why Do They Think They Literally Own Their Children?

This is a new series we have started running on Thursdays. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life.So many times in the writings of Michael Pearl, Nancy Campbell and many others in both Evangelicalism and Quiverfull there are references made to parents literally owning their children in much the same way as you might own a car or a kitchen appliance. Why do you think it is that they reduce their children to physical possessions instead of treating them as fully human? … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Anti-Spanking Parents Are Anti-Family?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Spank and Save a Child (written and published in 2010 when the Pearls were heavily in the media over the deaths of children by parents that followed the advice in their book 'To Train Up A Child')Editor's note: No, Michael, people that do not spank their children and who send those children to public schools are not automatically 'Socialists' It's not a 'mind control scheme' or any attempt to further a 'world view' and it's certainly not anti-family. Parents are always free to pass on their religious faith to their children in this nation and to say otherwise is simply paranoid. … [Read more...]

News: Legal Charges Being Brought Against Michael and Debi Pearl?

Christianity Today published a story about the long Facebook posting Debi Pearl published in December calling for the deaths of those that oppose them. Remember that seemingly mentally unbalanced screed? The article on CT does not mention who is filing a law suit against them, what the charges may be or any concrete details, just that it is happening finally.From Christianity Today: U.S. Evangelical Couple Linked to Child Abuse Ask God to 'Strike Our Enemies Dead' … [Read more...]

The Famous Ones

by Ellen cross posted from her blog When Church HurtsThere are big names out there in the spiritual abuse world.  Big name perpetrators.  Big name authors of blogs and books and Twitter feeds.  Big names whose social media accounts explode regularly over big names.  Big names getting the word out about big names who have committed outrageous acts of abuse.  And, of course, any time those outrageous acts are committed with any hint of ties to churchianity, we recognize them as not just sexual or domestic or physical abuse, but as spiritual abuse. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Long Engagements Product Impure People?

by Adam Gregorian at Minthegap.com - How Long Should I Be Engaged?Editor's note: You remember this guy? He's the one that had the website Is This Modest? where he had loads of photos of scantily clad teenagers with a lot of tut-tutting over their immodestly in a very creepy and inappropriate way? He's still blogging but at Minthegap.com now. The great irony of his blogging, besides claiming that long engagements lead to sexual sins are what has happened to his Is This Modest.com site. It's been hacked and taken over by radical Islamists.  Which is way funnier and ironic than anything else that could have been done with his site. … [Read more...]

David Bowie and Catholic Apologists Covering For Child Molester Priests

by Suzanne TitkemeyerMonday was a rough day in this household, and it wasn't because I was out of pain pills, or stuck changing cat litter boxes. It started first thing in the morning when I logged onto my computer and saw the news that artist David Bowie had died after an 18 month long struggle with cancer. I struggled with sadness the entire day, fighting back tears every time I logged onto Facebook and saw the tributes to this greatly influential artist flooding the internet.While I liked his music I wasn't the biggest Bowie fan. I must preferred the music of Queen and Mott the Hoople during the mid 70s. But David had recorded with both of those bands, even giving Mott the Hoople … [Read more...]

Answering ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’ – How Do I Tell Him?

Another installment of giving better answers to the questions asked at Debi Pearl’s site message board for the book ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’. Many young ladies ask questions on all sorts of different subjects brought up by the book. There was just one big problem, many of the answers stray into either the outright bad and emotionally unhealthy to dangerous. Yes, typical Debi Pearl borderline abusive. Here’s what we’re going to be doing here at NLQ. Every week, once or twice a week, I’ll be posting up one of the questions from the message board and ask you, our readers, to answer that poor soul’s question in a way that is logical, rational and the best possible solution, in other words 18 … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: If You Want Your Man to Find You Attractive You Have to ‘Earn’ it?

by Larry Solomon of Biblical Gender Roles – What if I Don’t Have an Hour Glass Figure as always safely linked through Do Not LinkEditor's note: Here we get to the last part of this entire body shaming screed of Larry's, his take on weight and marriage. He thinks it's perfectly fine for men to gain weight after they've married, but insists that women do not gain weight if possible because they have to 'earn' their husband's love, acceptance and attraction. What a punitive punishing thought! Starting to sound like a set up to justify bringing another wife in and practicing polygamy. … [Read more...]

Evangelical Preachers and the Elijah Syndrome

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserMany evangelical preachers have what I call the Elijah syndrome. In First Kings chapter 18, we find the story of the prophet Elijah doing battle with the 450 false prophets of Baal. According to the Bible, Elijah decided to prove to Israel that Jehovah was the true and living God. Elijah did this by building an altar, placing a slaughtered bullock on the stone edifice, and calling fire down from heaven to consume the bullock. This all-consuming fire was so hot that it melted the altar’s rocks. According to modern science, melting rock into molten lava requires a heat of 1,000 to 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit. Ce … [Read more...]