Quoting Quiverfull: Heartbreaking Quotes From “To Train Up A Child”

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by Debi and Michael Pearl from "To Train Up A Child" as quoted at the site Why Not Train A ChildPage 9 At five months, she was too unknowing to be punished for disobedience. But for her own good (and our peace of mind), we attempted to train her not to climb the stairs by coordinating the voice command of “No” with little spats on her bare legs. The switch was a twelve-once long, one-eighth-inch diameter sprig from a … [Read more...]

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CTBHHM: Surrendering Your Autonomy to Another

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy FeminismCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 136—37Sometimes Debi misinterprets Bible passages, and badly. More often, though, she simply adds things, brazenly, and without even offering any of her twisted scriptures to back them up. This wouldn’t be such a problem except that evangelicals and fundamentalists make a big deal of adhering to the Bible and the Bible alone, condemning mainline Christians for adding to the Bible. … [Read more...]

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Sometimes Church is the Problem

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by Boze Herrington cross posted from his blog The Talking LlamaIn May 2011 I requested a meeting with a church leader about the terrible time I had been having.I hadn’t eaten, really, in three weeks. I could barely sleep. Some nights I would just sit in my room and cry and cry as I thought about my life, about the kind of man I was, someone whose anger and hatred had left him alone and completely friendless. I cared about ideas more than I cared about people; and I realized I was heading towards the same miserable end as my hero, … [Read more...]

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CTBHHM: Only Ever Think Good

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love, Joy, FeminismCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 128-132In this section Debi goes into more depth about just what “reverencing” one’s husband actually looks like in practice. Her focus in this section is on thought patterns—basically, she argues that women should brainwash themselves into only ever thinking good of their husbands. Debi starts by outlining what she argues is a common problem for her intended audience: … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: The Bible Helps PTSD?

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by Kenneth Copeland and David Barton on the Believers Voice of Victory television show (clip of show at link)  - Veterans should not suffer from PTSD On Veteran’s Day, the two decided that they would “help” with the problem of PTSD on the Believer’s Voice of Victory program. How? By citing the Bible, of course. Because every American in the military is an evangelical Christian — or should be, they think — so this passage from Numbers, Chapter 32 should erase the problem altogether: … [Read more...]

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How Doug Phillips Wreaked Havoc On My Family

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy Feminism and Homeschoolers AnonymousMy parents homeschooled me K-12, and during those years they fell under the influence of several Christian leaders who spread toxic dogma and find their following within the Christian homeschool movement. My parents never followed Gothard, but they did follow both Michael Pearl and Doug Phillips. I’ve … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Female Soldiers Forced Into Combat?

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Ladies Against Feminism posted this snippet of the original blog posting at Why I Am Not A Feminist by Judithann Campbell. Judithann Campbell is not Quiverfull or part of the Fundamentalist Evangelical crowd represented by people like the Botkins. Ladies Against Feminism used her writing without giving her credit or even looking to see if the rest of the article conforms with their beliefs. Perfect example of LAF cherry picking to support their issues. … [Read more...]

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How Should Churches Handle Allegations of Abuse?

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way ForwardFirst of all, churches shouldn’t “handle” anything.  This is what gets churches, pastors, and church leaders into trouble to start with. Instead of immediately doing the right thing when someone makes an allegation of abuse they often: … [Read more...]

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CTBHHM: The (Proxy) Bride of (an Abusive) Christ

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy FeminismCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 124-127 A wise woman understands that her husband’s need to be honored is not based on his performance, but on his nature and his God-ordained position. She learns quickly to defer to his ideas or plans with enthusaism. She looks for ways to reverence him. She knows this is God’s will for her life. … [Read more...]

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CTBHHM: In Which Debi Has Scientific Proof

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy FeminismCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 221-222Debi starts this section with these reassurances: So, is a woman a second-class citizen of the kingdom? Is she to be a subdued, brow-beaten servant to the male species? Certainly not! What the Bible teaches will not put women back into the Stone Age, nor will it turn us into a bunch of Muslim-like women who stay covered in black, sweaty bourkhas. If you knew me (and by the time you finish reading this … [Read more...]

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