Questioning the Pearls: Help! I Can’t Do This!

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: Women Should Not Vote?

by Lori Alexander from The Transformed Wife as found on Sarah's DaughterEditor's note: Keep in mind in this season where Donald Trump and his supporters want women to lose the right to vote and #Repeal19 is trending on Facebook as a topic that lots of female cultural enforcers do not think women should have the right to vote either. Zsuzsanna Anderson has stated it a few times in her blog. Not surprisingly Lori Alexander jumps on the no votes for women cause. She's supporting things written by MRA supporter Vox Day. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Our Hate is Better Than Your Hate?

by Steven Anderson from Faithful Word Baptist Church - Street Preaching ClownsEditor's note: Tempted to label this one 'Send In The Clowns' Steven spent this entire blog posting trying to differentiate his church from the more inflammatory street preachers and protesters like Westboro Baptist. He called the rest of them 'Clowns'. I don't see a lot of difference between what he does and what they do, do you? There's a nasty paragraph at the blog on his views that anyone not identifying as heterosexual being beyond saving. … [Read more...]

Doing the Right Thing

by Ellen cross posted from her blog When Church Hurts“We must take sides.  Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.  Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.  Sometimes we must interfere.  When human . . . dignity is in jeopardy . . . sensitivities become irrelevant.  Wherever men and women are persecuted . . . that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.”  Elie Wiesel, The Night Trilogy: Night, Dawn, Day … [Read more...]

What are you Doing? Part 1 Chapter 18 – The Pastor Just Wants to Flip Out

by Suzanne TitkemeyerThis is chapter 18 in Vaughn Ohlman's disgusting tome about getting young teenagers sex trafficked by selling the daughter to the father of the son - What are you Doing? Chapter 18 is titled, and I kid you not, 'You Can't do that'. Yeah, well I agree, you cannot simply sell your daughter for ten thousand dollars to some other patriarch and call it a marriage. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Suck It Up and Be Joyful?

by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies - What's Your Barometer Reading?Editor's note:  Nancy Campbell again ordering all of her followers to have only happy emotions no matter what. Ten kids and no plumbing? So what, be joyful (or take a whole lot of Valiums, sorry, my suggestion my bad) and wait for the slow man to fix your plumbing. Sorry, I'm not buying it. There are some circumstances where it's perfectly normal to have less than joyful emotions. Not having plumbing would be one of those times. … [Read more...]

Bizarre Biases and Memory Orientation: Craniorectal Inversions 3 Thru 5

by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from her blog Under Much GraceAll images by Cindy Kunsman and Under Much Grace used with permission. In the previous set of posts about the Ladder of Inference, we named Inattentional Blindness as our most recent cognitive bias of interest [a.k.a. CranioRectal Inversion (CRI)]. The Invisible Gorilla demonstrated for us that we don't take information in objectively, and that focus and other factors in our environment can alter our attention. You would think that someone would notice something as absurd as a gorilla walking through a group of kids passing basketballs back and forth, but 50% of people never see the gorilla because of the divided attention task … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 2 – Do Not Make Spanking a Last Resort?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Spank as a Last ResortEditor's note: I will agree that asking questions after misbehavior is certainly necessary, but this idea that children are to be viewed as lazy little sin machines is just vile. Jesus himself spoke of the innocence and purity of little children. Hitting a child to correct behavior only teaches them that violence is the way to resolve differences and that the stronger party will win every time. Is that really something that a child should learn? … [Read more...]

NLQ Question of the Week: Why is Rational Discussion With Children Over Behavior Not Done?

This is a series we run every Thursday. The questions are things that people who may not know much about the Quiverfull movement or even Fundamentalist or Evangelical Christianity ask about the lifestyle. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life can only shine a light on the toxic nature of this lifestyle choice. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 1 – Do Not Make Spanking a Last Resort?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Spank as a Last ResortEditor's note: This piece was written in the wake of several deaths of children who were abused, neglected and disciplined to death. In each home a copy of Michael Pearl's 'To Train Up A Child' was found with law enforcement saying that the discipline outlined in the book may have played a part in the deaths of Hana Grace Williams and Lydia Shatz. These deaths brought unwanted public media attention to the abusive methods of the Pearls. … [Read more...]