False Start

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by PropinquaEditor's note: This is another in our series of articles written by anonymous authors that are not linked to any blog.The Josh Duggar saga has raised lots of disturbing questions about the scope of child sexual abuse. How bad does it have to be, to rate the label of abuse? If the victim is unaware of the predator’s actions or intent, should the predator be excused? In the Duggar case, little girls were involved, and the damage to them has been denied and hidden. While no one wants to force survivors to relive child sexual abuse, that unwillingness stands in the way of helping the survivors themselves come to terms with what happened to them. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Knitting and Kings, Prophets and Priestly Men?


by Debi Pearl from No Greater Joy - Knittin' NateEditor's note: Sharing this because it seems like a particularly bad analogy of the whole King/Prophet/Priestly man teachings of the Pearls. Sadly enough the father losing it over the boy who likes to knit is not Michael Pearl. Michael would have likely forced the boy to do something manly for weeks, like break rocks, hunt animals or other macho endeavors to wipe away whatever he perceives as 'girly' or 'traditionally female.' Debi's take on it being alright to allow the boy to knit is almost liberal for her.Combined with last night's Vaughn Ohlman post about how you should teach your son masculine things like plumbing and balancing … [Read more...]

Created To Need A Help Meet: Part 7 How Do I Need Thee? (Don’t Let Your Woman Shop Alone!)


by Aletha cross posted from her blog Yllom Mormonpages 47-48We are still going through reasons why men need women. Today we're discovering that women need protection-not just protection, but the protection of men!Text is in purple.I Need to Be Her Protector … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Raising Sons to Marry Young?


by Vaughn Ohlman from True Love Doesn't Wait - Raising a Son to be MarriedEditor's note: Would it not be a better thing for society in general if we all raised our sons to be well rounded individuals ready to contribute to society and life on this planet instead of raising them to marry and start spewing out children immediately? Whatever happened to helping your son mature, settle into a means to support himself, and eventually a family, ensure he's educated, knows how to take care of himself, instead of having him marry right out of the family home with zero life experience? Going from control by mommy and daddy to a marriage that daddy oversees with no personal autonomy? Learning … [Read more...]

Women, the Doormat of the Church

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserMany years ago, I was watching the Old Time Gospel Hour on TV.  At the time, the Old Time Gospel Hour was the flagship program of Thomas Road Baptist Church and Jerry Falwell.Falwell was preaching about women and the Equal Rights Amendment.I have never forgotten what he said: We don’t believe in equal rights for women. We believe in superior rights for women. We believe in putting women on a pedestal. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: No Flirting But Attract Him With Old Fashioned Way Rules?


by Lisa Hallahan from A Lovely Calling - Being Outgoing With Guys Without Being A FlirtEditor's Note: Some of these ideas aren't bad but seriously, some of this is just really ridiculous like 'Don't laugh loudly' or 'Don't overdo your makeup' yet you are being told to 'Be unique'. How about just simply being yourself. It's not a game or a competition. Like much of fundamentalism this makes what should be simple and natural into something difficult and imbued with odd meaning. … [Read more...]

NLQ Question of the Week: Why Do Fundamentalists Obsess About Modesty?


This is a new series we have started running on Thursdays. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life.First we have many different ladies and ministries calling modesty anything from floor length skirts to blending with the crowd in such a way that doesn't draw attention to yourself. Of course, in some Muslim countries modesty is defined by the burqa, but in fundamentalist Christianity modesty is a sliding scale, whatever your pastor decrees. Knee to collar bone covered with no short sleeves? Mennonite caped dresses disguising the shape of the breasts and bottom? Denim skirts and loose tees? … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Even Completely Covering Up Can Be Immodest?


by Christy Peterson from A Lovely Calling - ModestyEditor's note: So now extremist Christianity and Quiverfull are seeking to move the goalposts yet again on modesty? It's not enough to cover up almost completely, you now cannot wear anything that makes you stand out or draws attention to you. But isn't that what many of the adherents to the Christian modesty people do, stand out from the crowd as oddly dressed? So confusing. … [Read more...]

News – Race, Homeschooling and Domestic Terrorism


This first news isn't precisely Quiverfull or Fundamentalist Christian related but it is awful. A young man by the name of Dylann Roof is a suspect in the shooting deaths of nine people in a prayer meeting in Charleston, South Carolina. This took place at a historic African American church that has been a cornerstone of the community since 1816. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this senseless killing spree.More from CNN - Charleston church shooting: '9 killed because they were black,' official says … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 3 – Christian Economic Abuse is A-Okay With Jesus?


by Biblical Gender Roles from his blog Biblical Gender Roles – Can a Christian husband deny his wife equal access to his income?Editor's note: Now Mr. BGR is trying to claim that how a man handles the family finances has nothing to do with economic abuse when it clearly is economic abuse he's advocating to use as leverage to get sex anytime he wants it. Sounds like the flawed logic a super sexually frustrated teenage boy would come up with. He'd be better off with a prostitute, someone who does have to do as he says or he can withhold payment. … [Read more...]