Part 1: Young Girl Given Away? -Tragedy, Bankruptcy, and a Stranger

by PropinquaEditor’s note: Isolating children can lead to abuse. Sometimes children are deliberately hidden for the purpose of harm. In other cases, isolation starts out as a way to protect children, but gradually allows a household to get drawn into abuse and violence. Here is the first half of the story of Amish children who were abused when their parents got into a sick relationship with a Rasputin-like figure from outside their community. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: World War 2 Started Feminism and Immodesty?

by Melissa of Far Above Rubies - Modesty and My Changing WardrobeEditor's note: Now this is a new twist on the idea of the birth of feminism and women's rights I'd not considered. Except... leggings and pants worn under skirts for women were around long before WWII, and in Biblical days EVERYONE wore skirts (robes), making her claims that WWI was the start of the crumbling of gender roles in dress pretty ridiculous. Linking it to abortion? Ludicrous! … [Read more...]

It’s Not That Complicated: Part 4 Chapter 11

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideAll quotes from the book in blue text.We're down to the last two "stories" from Chapter 11!  The first story illustrates why Emo-Pur (Emotional Purity) is a giant waste of time and energy for everyone involved. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Porn Watching Causes Wives to Miscarry?

by John Piper from the Biblical Council on Manhood and Womanhood - Did My Lust Cause Our Miscarriage?Editor's note: Oh, wow, there just aren't words enough to explain all that is wrong with even remotely thinking that God punishes other people for your sins. Would not killing unborn babies not put God in the same category of evil as these same people claim abortionists are? … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Shut Up About Purity Culture Damaging You?

by Kelly Crawford of Generation Cedar - Stop Being a Bully Over the "Purity Movement" ThingEditor's note: The unquoted part of this piece involves the recent backtracking author Josh Harris did on his courtship/purity model book 'I Kissed Dating Goodbye'. According to Kelly here we're supposed to just shut up about any problems the book/culture may have created for you. And it does create problems - look at the whole Josh Duggar mess and tell me that suppressing natural feelings and urges as sinful does not create the dualism and secrecy of sexual predators. If you have no healthy sexual outlets something very unhealthy is going to occur. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Trump Helping Blacks and Minorities?

by Larry Solomon from Biblical Gender Roles - Working Class Americans Give Trump the PresidencyEditor's note: This would be comical if it were not sweepingly wrong on so many levels. Most of the blog posting is Larry thinking that at last there's a Republican coming into office that is as hardcore conservative as Reagan. He thinks all the Republican presidents since are too liberal! But it's this bit about how blacks, Hispanics and young people, the very people who would be the most harmed by Trump's stated positions, turned out in droves for the man that makes me laugh. That, and the fact that Larry really believes that Trump is about to fulfill all his fundamentalist Christian … [Read more...]

Questioning the Pearls: Never Have Needs!

For well over a year we’ve been running a second Answering ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’ on Sundays, filled with questions by young ladies trying to get ready for marriage. Since we’ve run through many of the questions on their site it’s time to shift Sundays to something else, like perhaps examining the cornucopia of probably fake emails and questions that Michael and Debi Pearl of No Greater Joy post on their website and the possibly poisonous answers they give. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: When Pastors Are Jealous of Other Churches?

by Steven Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church - The Purpose of the DevilEditor's note: Sounds more like Anderson is jealous of churches with beautiful facilities than a warning about the devil trying to tempt you with fancy geegaws and pretty music. Must be very miserable to be a member of this type of Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Church. Anderson -the Anti Prosperity Pastor. … [Read more...]

The Day After Tomorrow

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Samantha P Field.comI spent last night deliberately avoiding the election results because I knew I wouldn’t be able to handle it. Instead I spent the evening watching Suffragette and season six of The Good Wife. Both Handsome and I had a terrible sense of foreboding watching the story of women fighting and dying for the right to vote. I had high hopes that watching Suffragette would be prophetic, a good omen on the eve of electing our first woman President, that my hope could stave off the fear and dread I felt. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: A Bird’s Eye View?

by Debi Pearl of No Greater Joy on many random postingsEditor's note: While reading through NGJ this morning I found a trove of the most bizarre one paragraph postings by Debi Pearl and a female staffer. Sharing a few here for your entertainment and puzzlement. I know these are meant to be light hearted and funny but they are sort of horrifying. … [Read more...]