What Would America Look Like if it Were Truly… ‘Christian’

by Cindy Foster cross posted from her blog Finding FundamentalThis season’s political climate and campaign have provoked me to revisit some of my formerly-held beliefs that America, it's foundation, founders and founding documents, is positively, expressly ‘Christian’ in identity and purpose. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Your Housework is Your Salvation?

by Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies - How Do You Save Your Life?Editor's note: Housework is not much fun in reality. But it has to get done or you end up living in an unfilmed episode of 'Hoarders' with a dust bunnies and unwashed plates. That still doesn't make it salvation, no matter how Nancy parses it. Chores do not equal saving your life. … [Read more...]

Created To Need A Help Meet – Part 3 Washing of the Word (Is She Serving You With Joy or a Sense of Duty?)

by Aletha cross posted from her blog Yllom Mormonp 154-156I realized something just now. I skipped 2 pages of my review last post. The last couple paragraphs of that post actually take place after today's section. Apologies. Hopefully this post will get everything sorted out. Text is in purple … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Silly Woman, You Are Not Allowed Negative Emotions?

by Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies - A Higher PlaneEditor's note: While being in a zen-like state of calmness during hard times can be helpful this is just more of Nancy's suck it up and smile theology. There are times and things were it's perfectly normal to be upset. Women in Nancy's world aren't allowed any negative thoughts, feelings or emotions, which is not very emotionally healthy at all. If you suppress all negative emotions they're going to find a way to come out, usually in an explosive manner that harms others. Why not simply deal with your own feelings, acknowledge they are real, that they are valid and go from there? Some of the states she's referencing require real action as … [Read more...]

Naghmeh Abedini and Responding to Marital Abuse

by Virginia Knowles cross posted from her blog Watch The ShepherdDear friends,Though I haven't blogged at Watch the Shepherd in nearly three months, I have been keeping a pulse on one of my major themes here: abusive relationships in families and Christian movements.The big one in the headlines is that Idaho pastor Saeed Abedini, who had been imprisoned and tortured in Iran for a few years because of his ministry there, was released last month in a prisoner swap. His wife Naghmeh worked tirelessly for his release, making countless media appearances and appeals to US government authorities, including President Obama, who intervened on their behalf. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Working Women Hate Motherhood?

by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies - There's a Big Difference!Editor's note: Nancy is busy making claims yet again that those that are educated and had or have careers before motherhood are hating motherhood, finding it frustrating and difficult. No studies or evidence of this beyond Nancy's claims of always stay home, never want anything beyond raising children. Same song with slightly different lyrics. Sorry, but motherhood isn't easy for anyone, Nancy, everyone experiences less than fun moments, frustrations and challenges, but it doesn't mean we're doing it wrong. … [Read more...]

It’s Not That Complicated: Part 2 Chapter 4

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideAll quoted sections of the book are in blueThis book does have some fun side-effects.  My sister-in-law offered to lend me any and all books from her house to stop me from continuing to read this book.  The offer was tempting, but inflicting this book on my family is sweet.  (Reading chunks aloud....it's a twisted pleasure for me.) Well, we get a glimpse into the teenage Botkin sisters. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Get Over Your Selfish Lack of Desire For Your Husband?

by Larry Solomon from Biblical Gender Roles - I Was Never Attracted to My Husband Does God Want Me to Fake it? - no links to this because Do Not Link.com is still down.Editor's note: Larry has been very busy lately, writing columns about how women cannot have it all, if women wearing pants is Biblical and all manner of political posts supporting Donald Trump and putting down John Kasich. I'm only quoting this one outrageous piece where he compares sexual attraction to food preferences. We all know how well it works out when some fundamentalist decides to compare sex to food, don't we? … [Read more...]

Fear and Crusades

by Living Liminal cross posted from her blog Living LiminalRecently, I left this comment on Jory Micah's blog post regarding Mark Driscoll's unhealthy teaching on submission: "The whole ‘biblical submission’ teaching is absolutely toxic! Despite the fact that it is a residue of the shepherding movement (whose leaders have long since repented of their teaching) men are still peddling versions of this crap because it panders to their egos and means they get to be ‘over’ others. It damages lives and is the antithesis of Jesus’s teachings. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Giving Gifts Dulls Appreciation For ‘Everlasting Gifts’?

by Melissa from Progressive Quiverfull - Reason for the SeasonEditor's note: This is another distinctive of so many Quiverfull or Fundamentalist families, the belief that celebrating holidays the way everyone else does is somehow a sin. While everyone is free in this country to do as they please in regards to holidays and religions sometimes the reasons they do it strain incredulity. Commercialism may be rampant in some holidays but there are better reasons to not participate than that. We're only a week or so from St. Patrick's Day and Easter is at the end of the month. How did your holidays change going into Quiverfull and after you've left? What do you think? … [Read more...]