Quoting Quiverfull: No Technology, Only Outdoor Play Time?

by Lori Alexander from The Transformed Wife - Children Are Bored, Impatient, Easily Upset and FriendlessEditor's note: Luckily for Lori she lives in a part of the country where you can surf year round and the weather is nice enough to sent the kids out into the backyard. Not everyone has that option. Sometimes the weather interferes with outdoor time and it might not be inappropriate to allow the substitution of screen time or quiet indoor play. In the winter I used to take my children to the indoor skateboard park, or over to an indoor trampoline place or other activity that didn't always involve playing outside. That's the problem with broad sweeping generalizations, they don't always … [Read more...]

Celebrate Yourself! Part 1

by AJ cross posted from her blog I Am Phoenix So I have been comparing my old beliefs and new beliefs a good bit lately.  I guess there was one old and new habit that I haven't explored much yet. Maybe I haven't explored it because I haven't settled comfortably into the new habit even as of now? … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Work Ethic Keeps People Out of Jail?

by Michael Pearl as quoted by Lori Alexander from The Transformed Wife - Children are Bored, Impatient, Easily Upset and FriendlessEditor's note: Interesting little bit of fear-mongering Lori's using to scare people into teaching their children to be hard workers. I'm not sure work ethic is one of those things that can be necessarily taught so much as modeled and encouraged. This is the third piece quoted from Lori's posting on children yet there's nothing in her article to support her assertion that kids are easily upset and friendless. … [Read more...]

Banging the Buttons

by Virginia Knowles cross posted from her blog Watch the ShepherdWith a malevolent yet gleeful grin, a young man strode up and rapidly banged the button on the right: VERY POOR. Like ten times. Huh? What's with that? … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Sinful Television?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Channel 23Editor's note: One of the dumbest attempts at parody and derision attempted by Pearl yet. He's giving television way too much power of him and his family in this piece. There's this wonderful button on the television that he clearly does not understand he has the power to push..... and turn the television off. … [Read more...]

Can Video Games Turn Us Into Misogynists?

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Samantha P Field.ComFor most of my life I didn’t consider myself a “gamer,” mostly because I had an incredibly narrow understanding of what a gamer could be. I was usually more interested in books and film than I was in video games, so I didn’t think I was “allowed” to describe myself as a gamer. Over time I changed my mind. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Never Spank in Anger?

by Michael Pearl of No Greater Joy - Cheerful, Authoritative, ConsistentEditor's note: Michael Pearl can claim all he wants that spankings and beatings must be carried out with a cheerfulness, but we know from his many denigrating posts speaking down to others and blaming children that it is anger and agression driving his discipline of children. … [Read more...]

Questioning the Pearls – Spank Them Happy?

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: Marriage Counseling is Just Mud Slinging?

by Steven Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church - Why I Don't Do Marriage CounselingEditor's note: Steven has a point that many people that go to the pastor to have him mediate a squabble are looking mostly for justification. Marriage counseling, or at least dealing with sudden crisis in the marriages of his congregation, is part of most pastors job description. Oh yeah, he's part of the make it up as you go along movement in Evangelical Fundamentalism without any structure or authority over him. … [Read more...]

Is It a Sin to Kiss My Boyfriend?

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserEvery day, without fail, women somewhere in the world search for “is it a sin to kiss my boyfriend?” Thanks to the post, Hey Girlfriend: Is it a Sin to Kiss Your Boyfriend?, this blog is the number one Google search result. I can’t remember the last time I looked at search logs and didn’t see a handful of female visitors coming to this site to find out whether it is okay to swap spit with their boyfriends. I say female visitors, because I’ve never seen someone come to my site as a result of a “is it a sin to kiss my girlfriend” web search. … [Read more...]