Quoting Quiverfull: You Must Eat Together At The Dinner Table?

by Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies - Foundational Family LifeEditor's note: Now Nancy has moved on from insisting we all wear aprons to making having the entire family sitting at the dinner table for dinner another 'must do'. How very extra Biblical of her. While statistics show that families with children that have dinner together around the same table do receive benefits from the family interaction it's not some sort of hard and fast rule like cultural enforcer Nancy tries to make it. Scientific reasons it's good: Children pick up more words from the conversations at the table, children tend to make better food choices, lowered anxiety levels, and it's an essential connection that can … [Read more...]

Child Abuse or Child Discipline?

by Virginia Knowles cross posted from her blog Watch The Shepherd(Editor's note: This was originally posted February 2010 when Lydia Schatz was murdered by her adoptive parents. It's worth a read because Michael and Debi Pearl, authors of the book followed by the Schatz's "To Train Up A Child" and indirectly responsible for her death, are still preaching their dangerous message of child abuse.)Dear friends,Please permit me a rant. You need to read this.On February 6, seven year old Lydia Schatz, adopted from Liberia, was murdered. Her 11 year old sister Zariah is in critical condition with severe kidney damage. Who did it? Their deeply religious (I can’t bring myself to say C … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Women Holding Responsible Positions Over A Man Is Sin?

by John Piper as quoted from 'Ask Pastor John' from the website Housewife Theologian - John Piper's Advice For Women In The Work ForceEditor's note: So according to Piper if the influence of a woman on men is 'non-personal' and 'non-directive' and it's for the good of everyone then it's not wrong. But the second you enter the directive realm, like his example of a female drill sergeant, you're sinning. Another example of a evangelical cultural enforcer adding dos and don'ts to the Bible. At least we know he's not having a problem with womens voices on GPS under this mental/moral game of Twister. … [Read more...]

Blame it on the Smurfs – Post-Tramatic Church Syndrome

by Suzanne TitkemeyerWhen I first cracked open my copy of Reba Riley's book, Post-Tramatic Church Syndrome I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I figured it might be much like many of the series we feature here on No Longer Quivering: Girl/boy is immersed in a Quiverfull/Fundamentalist/Evangelical church and leaves for a long laundry list of reasons with a heavy burden of spiritual abuse and a heaping helping of depression only to be heckled/harassed/hounded by those well-meaning 'Good Christians' left behind. Usually the woman/man has a long road of healing with lots of twists, turns and tears before coming to a place that works on all levels for them. A sadder but wiser person. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar Hatch New Television Scheme?

by 'Unnamed Insider' by both Star Magazine and Classicalite - "19 Kids and Counting" Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar New TV Show Planned After CancellationEditor's note: File this under 'sketchy' since there's nothing official out there about this. But the idea of Jim Bob and Michelle using the sexual abuse suffered by their daughters to climb back on television isn't far-fetched as it first sounds. Remember these are people that have taken some pretty awful fame-whoring behaviors to new levels after the cancellation of their show. They have admitted they are desperate to go back on television because they believe this is what God wants them to do. Funny how what God wants them to do always … [Read more...]

Undocumented Workers: 19 Kids and Other Reality TV Children Part 2

by PropinquaParallels between reality shows and patriarchal families are striking and dismaying. The Duggar family was strangely off the grid while on camera, recording movies and TV shows in a workplace with no state records whatsoever. Paul Petersen is an advocate for young performers. What he writes about reality shows could also describe the patriarchal movement, with its “family economy” and home schooling. Petersen wrote the following for Ethics Alarms in 2010: … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Elsie Dinsmore Should Have Been Beaten?

by Susan Zakula from Butter and Honey - Elsie Dinsmore--An EnigmaEditor's note: While I haven't personally read the Elsie Dinsmore books I know that many of you have and that the series is a favorite in the world of homeschooling and quiverfull. Several of our early writers have mentioned the Dinsmore books being the approved literature of their childhoods. So I was surprised to see Butter and Honey giving old Elsie such a harsh treatment. Seems like if you're not reading Nancy Campbell, Debi Pearl or the Bible you're reading forbidden literature, including poor harmless Elsie Dinsmore. What a world of fine literature the Butter and Honey ladies are missing out on! Yet again the answer … [Read more...]

Undocumented Workers: 19 Kids and Other Reality TV Children Part 1

by PropinquaThe Duggar fantasy mega-house was largely funded by Discovery Networks and built by donated labor that Discovery rounded up. Sponsors even helped to stock the food pantry. By implying that one patriarch’s income can support a multitude in fine style, the house stands as Arkansas’ very own evangelical Potemkin village.Until recently, the Duggar house has been one more thing not often discussed: a workplace for adults and children. The TV network’s role in building the compound and the Duggar brand makes this fact almost inescapable. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: The Taunt of Slut?

by Unknown Very Creepy Christian Dude on You Tube - 7 Simple Rules for Dating My Christian DaughterEditor's note: This dude is talking to his daughter about his rules for her dating members of the opposite sex. Found this gem on Liberal America.org, who found it on the very funny Instagram account Christian Nightmares. Video posted below the horrendous quotes. This man is another of those Good Christian Men (tm) that are all too interested in their daughter's sex life. Jaw drop. … [Read more...]

Is the Bible the Answer to Everything?

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserAccording to Joseph Parker, director of outreach and intercession for the American Family Association and host of the Hour of Intercession radio program, the Bible is the answer to E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. Not just questions about God, Christianity, or faith, but E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G.  Parker, like every fundamentalist who spouts such nonsense, doesn’t really believe this, but it is a great slogan to rally the troops around. In Parker’s Bible saturated mind, secularists, atheists, humanists, evolutionists, homosexuals, abortionists, socialists, communists, Democrats, liberals, and Barack Obama work day and nigh … [Read more...]