Justin Bieber Sings a Worship Song the Crowd Thinks is a Love Song

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserEditor's note: Shhh, no one tell Faithful Word's Steven Anderson that France is only 2% Evangelical or he'll be there soon on a 'Soul Winning' mission. I thought this piece bears some discussion because it's a perfect example of when Quiverfull, Fundamentalist or Evangelical culture bleeds down into pop culture and those in the religious world take it as proof of some sort of Godly influence in culture. Not going to detail all the various flub ups, ups and downs of Justin Bieber and the many times that Hillsong United has exploited the poor kid for publicity. I hope Biebs saves some of his wages for the … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 4 – Roosters and Michael Pearl Are Jerks?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – PubermaniaEditor's note: I have bolded the below sentence because Michael is claiming that men should not find their identity in ruling over others, and we all can clearly see this is exactly what Michael Pearl actually does do.  Men who only have identity bullying others are men who aren't emotionally healthy people, they tend to damage everyone in their paths, from roosters and other animals, to children and wives. Sometimes one has to wonder how the internal dissonance between the words and actions of these Good Christian Patriarchs do not make their heads explode! … [Read more...]

It’s Not That Complicated: Chapter 10 Part 2

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideEditor's note: Welcome back Mel and CONGRATULATIONS!I've started blogging again after a several month break.  I'm pregnant and my body responded to the change in hormones by having my digestive system go berserk and my hips widened by two inches from relaxing soft tissue which lead to lots of hip and back pain.  So, yeah, I spent most of the summer curled into a ball. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 3 – Roosters and Michael Pearl Are Jerks?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – PubermaniaEditor's note: Granted Michael Pearl wrote and posted this piece twenty years ago, but somehow I seriously doubt his advice has changed any in that time. Notice how he manages to push the submission of the mother into all this as a possible problem adding to the aggression of the teen boy. Fathers crushing down rebellion with hard looks? That's not exactly healthy either. All of this just amounts to the same insecure, weak, wimpy men that seem to flourish in the Christian Patriarch Movement. … [Read more...]

Cranial-Rectal Inversion #1 – The Hindsight Bias

by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from her blog Under Much GraceAll images by Cindy Kunsman from Under Much Grace and used with permission. Looking at cognitive biases can be a sticky business because it's a term used in psychology, but the tricks our brain can play on us can overlap with other concepts and errors. Geeks coined the term in the 1970s, but we see elements of the things in our daily lives. The same kinds of errors overlap with logical fallacies to which these biases in thought contribute. I see the “weapons of influence” used in sales as a blending of both, just as thought reform does (according to those other geeks who coined those terms). … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 2 – Roosters and Michael Pearl Are Jerks?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - PubermaniaEditor's note: So now Michael is saying that a boy being a jerk to his mother is perfectly normal in adolescence, just like the rooster is a jerk and he's a jerk to the rooster. It's all about male dominance. Perhaps the reason it's not so noticeable in boys in public schools is because they have healthier outlets for their hormonal changes, like sports or other activities and outside interests. While the homeschooled boys in extremely isolating families may only be able to express his angst against those closest to him and the ones representing the most repression, the parents. How can anyone think that is healthy? … [Read more...]

Questioning the Pearls: Is it Wrong to Leave and Divorce My Abusive Husband?

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: Part 1 – Roosters and Michael Pearl Are Jerks?

by Michael Pearl with some input by Debi Pearl from No Greater Joy - PubermaniaEditor's note: This part is Debi answering an email from a mama complaining that her adolescent son is suddenly rebellious and aggressive. So what does Debi do? Explain that he's dealing with hormones or a rapidly changing body? Nope, she tells a tale of roosters and how her husband likes to scare the rooster. Really mature. … [Read more...]

Bonus Quoting Quiverfull: Not Attracted Any Longer?

by Sheila Wray Gregoire from To Love, Honor and Vacuum - My Husband Doesn't Find Me Attractive?Editor's note: I was looking for a graphic this morning online and stumbled across this. While wearing the things that make you feel personally attractive and please you is important, when you start trying to groom, dress, make up in a way that pleases someone else it's not always the most emotionally healthy thing you can do. Why not just simply discuss this with your spouse and work to find a solution that works for both of you? … [Read more...]

Why New Bethany Abusers Go Free

by Cindy Foster cross posted from her blog Finding FundamentalImages are from Cindy Foster of Finding Fundamental as displayed in the blog and used with permission.When I began to speak out against the Troubled Teen Reform Industry and specifically the the Independent Baptist Teen Homes of Lester Roloff ilk and fame, a recurring question has been posed by those skeptical of these claims of abuse.  It goes something like this, “If young people were really abused in these homes--run by trusted, celebrated men of God-- then why haven’t we heard of these men being prosecuted?” … [Read more...]