Jessa Duggar Seewald Pregnant Again

This one is not idle speculation or a blind news item. It was announced today that Jessa Duggar Seewald is pregnant with her second child. Official Duggar mouthpiece People Magazine broke the news this morning that Spurgeon Seewald is getting a brother/sister in February. This news comes just in time to hype the second season premiere of the new Duggar television show 'Counting On' tonight on TLC. … [Read more...]

Questioning The Pearls – Who Can I Turn to For Advice?

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...]

Examining ATI Wisdom Booklets: Booklet 2 – Breathing and Speech

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideAll images from When Cows and Kids Collide.This is part four in Mel's dissection of Bill Gothard's ATI Wisdom Booklets, the educational system used by TLCs Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and many others in Quiverfull to educate their children. Mel exposes how fundamentally flawed much of the information is in the teaching materials. This post is 7 pages long.I get a strange feeling of unease every time I type "ATI" and "medical" in the same sentence.  I think this is because the medical section is quite strange.  This section, for example, manages to be very detailed without necessarily teaching information well. … [Read more...]

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What are you Doing? Part 1 Chapter 10 – Everyone Still Just Wants to Smush Genitalia Together?

by Suzanne TitkemeyerHere we are again, diving into Vaughn Ohlman's thin tome on the subject of how courtship just makes people sin sexually. To hear him tell it in this particular chapter most everyone, even good kids at church, are just a small step from turning into horny sailors with a pocketful of money in Amsterdam or Hamburg's red light districts. Orgies ahoy!This was a chapter too far for me on my beach week. The waters off Virginia Beach were mostly closed except for one day due to high bacterial levels. Had I broke down and read this chapter last week I would have added to the bacterial load, I would thrown up in the water like some land lubber suffering from seasickness … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 2 – Working Women Eat More Fast Food?

by Lori Alexander of Always Learning - Career Women Lead to Wasteful LivingEditor's note: By whose standards are working women leading wasteful lives? Quite the contrary, women in the workforce are doing some very important things. There are women doctors, lawyers and in all segments of the working world making things just a little bit better for everyone, including easing the onus financial burden placed on the under educated husbands in evangelical Christianity. Some women aren't  gifted in the areas of hearth and home and that's perfectly fine. Not everyone needs to stay home to find fulfillment and do themselves and their families a disservice when forced into a role they are … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Let Me Tell You How to Look?

by Steven Anderson from Faithful Word Baptist Church - Your AppearanceEditor's note: Strangely enough Steve stays away from telling you to cover your bits and that skirts must touch your ankles, instead going right to ugliness, body modification and plastic surgery. That's pretty extreme and it's not like plastic surgery doesn't help correct legitimate conditions such as a deviated nose septum or having growths removed from your face. Anderson is right about one thing, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it is very subjective and personal. Interesting mentions in this piece about losing weight. One has to wonder if he is on his wife to lose weight considering how much she mentions … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Crying and Staring Are the Same Thing?

by Larry Solomon from Biblical Gender Roles - Rachel Maddow Offended at Bill Clinton For Calling Hillary a 'Girl'Editor's note: There is just so much awful and wrong with this opinion piece on Rachel Maddow taking offense at what Bill Clinton said, and it is not so much what it is that Rachel or Bill said. It's the ideas that Larry is coming up with, that women naturally cry exactly the same way that men stare like vile creeps at anyone they are sexually attracted to. Not all women cry, just like not all men are creeps who stare and get hard ons. Just Larry, his pals and assorted weirdos. … [Read more...]

NLQ Question of the Week: Why is Breast Feeding as Birth Control Not Forbidden in Quiverfull?

This is a new series we have started running on Thursdays. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life.This week we've seen Zsuzsanna Anderson say that you should breast feed as birth control to space your children. Which raises the question why that form of preventing conception permitted but everything else, from tubal ligation to the rhythm method a sin? … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Less is More With Young Kids?

by Zsuzsanna Anderson from Are They All Yours?!?? - Homeschool Tips: Young KidsEditor's note: While learning to sit still and concentrate is difficult for many young children is having the child do housework instead of sitting down to teach them to read really the best educational choice? Any teachers of first grade or kindergarten out there that can address the issues of not doing much schooling with the younger children? … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 2 – Your Advice Got Me Shunned?

by an unnamed Amish lady writing to Michael Pearl of No Greater Joy - From Our Mailbox A 'Saved' Amish LadyEditor's note: This is the rest of the letter that Michael responded to with only scriptures and zero compassion. Another prime example of how following the Jesus the Pearls preach can really have bad real life consequences with some shaming for depression and mental illness that the Evangelical world loves to do. What would you advise this lady to do? Besides run far far away from any Pearl-related theology. … [Read more...]