An Open Letter to Duggar Defenders

Michelle Duggar being awarded Vision Forum’s Mother of the Year with Beale and Doug Phillips

by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love, Joy FeminismMore than two years ago I wrote a blog post titled My Concerns about the Duggars. To this day it continues getting hundreds of hits daily, along with the random comment. Probably half of the comments left on it defend the Duggars as upright, responsible people raising healthy, well-adjusted young people. These comments often lash out against me, calling me bitter and so forth. I’ve often thought of responding to these comments with further blog posts, but so far I haven’t.Today that changes. This post consists of four parts, which deal with the Duggars’ subculture,  the argument that they are happy so nothing must be wrong, th … [Read more...]

News: Jill Duggar Dillard is Pregnant

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There's been speculation over if the marrying Duggar children will follow in their parental Quiverfull footsteps. Josh and Anna Duggar have 3 children in a quick span of years and now this news comes, so it looks like yes, the Duggar married children so far will be Quiverfull and have many children.Did Jill and Derick plan the wedding around her ovulation time? Is it really a smart idea to announce your pregnancy to the world when you're only just found out?  This brings up so many questions.From People magazine (wondering what all these Duggar exclusives are costing them?) - Jill Duggar Pregnant … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Hating Transexuals is Biblical?

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Seems like Michelle Duggar has recorded a robo-call currently being used by the Family Council to oppose a pending anti-discrimination bill for Fayetteville, Arkansas. The bill's primary purpose is to deal with housing discrimination against transgendered persons in the community.Guess Ben Seewald isn't the only one in that family making hateful statements about a people group they don't bother to take the trouble to understand or learn about.From The Huffington Post - Michelle Duggar Records Transphobic Robocall Opposing Arkansas Anti-Discrimination Bill A transcription of the robocall by Michelle Duggar. … [Read more...]

Evangelicals Pontificate on the Suicide of Robin Williams

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way Forward written on Tuesday August 12, 2014 “I don’t understand the whole fundamentalist thing; you see, I’m an Episcopal; that’s Catholic Light. Same religion, half the guilt!” –Robin Williams Why is it that Evangelicals think they need to pontificate any time someone of note dies? It seems, when it comes to people who have some sort of notoriety, that Evangelicals KNOW whether the dead person’s name is in the Book of Life. They seemingly have a gift from God that enables them to know who is and isn’t a Christian. Over the years, I have had to deal with countless Evangelicals that felt called by God to weigh in on whether I was ever a … [Read more...]

News: Jessa Duggar Officially Engaged

Apparently Ben Seewald (he of the anti-Catholic rant and posing with assault rifles) popped the question last night to Jessa Duggar, just in time for the new season of the Duggar family's television show "19 Kids & Counting" How very convenient for them and their publicity machine. This is according to the E! Entertainment News website.Wonder if they'll ever find a beau for eldest daughter Jana? Feeling bad for her now that two younger sisters are escaping/escaped the nest.Another Duggar daughter is off the market. Jessa Duggar of TLC's 19 Kids & Counting got engaged to Ben Seewald Thursday night, TLC is confirming.Jim Bob Duggar had this to say: … [Read more...]

News: Texas Homeschooling Parents Didn’t Educate Because ‘Rapture’

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Coming out of Texas is some rather disturbing information on why one homeschooling family decided not to teach their children the basic minimum of education.  Because they were convinced that the Rapture was coming soon and with the soon return of Jesus educating their was a waste of time.From Addicting Info - Texas Conservative 'Christians' Didn't Educate Their Children Because They Believe The Rapture is Coming … [Read more...]

When Love Isn’t Enough – The Musser Family Tragedy – Part 2

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by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideBefore Tommy arrived, Susanna was already exhausted: "Get up half an hour earlier because Daniel will be working with his dad and grandpa all day.  Katie and Verity are still dry; take them to their potties right away.  Have Peter fill the humidifiers.  Need to eat.  Make sure to fit in phonics flashcards with the little boys and catch up on our history reading.  Sit down and breathe in the sweet scent of clean heads. Ask John Michael to do his “cleaning the glass” chore before the therapist gets here.  Ask Laura to write baby bath on the grocery list before I forget again.  Have Joshua scrub up some sweet potatoes and put them i … [Read more...]

When Love Isn’t Enough: The Musser Family Tragedy Part 1

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by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideSixteen years ago, a baby was born in Bulgaria. At four months old, he was placed in an orphanage.   The orphanage young Tommy was placed at was hell on Earth.  The director "modified" the foods fed to the children to prevent them from growing normally.  By doing this, the director kept the children permanently in the youngest/weakest group of the orphanage where the orphanage received the most funds for the children.  Tommy was listed at age 15 as "Male child at 15 years of age, with the following diagnoses: Infantile Cerebral Palsy – Hypotonic form; Severe lagging behind in the physical and neuro-psychical development; Severe p … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: No Personal Agency For Women?

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by pastor Steve L. Anderson from the blog Ramblings of Sheldon Listening to women who talk back and argue with you is like experiencing Chinese water torture and Waterboarding. Given the choice, I’d rather experience Chinese Water Torture. Bonus material from The Friendly Atheist from that same sermon: You see all these celebrity women and music stars who are “independent” and “I can do it all myself” types! That is not who I want my children emulating, because “I don’t want them to think that is what a woman should strive to be. The Bible says a woman should strive to have a meek and quiet spirit…” … [Read more...]

Why the Church Needs Feminism

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by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer’s WordsToday I'm contributing to the Faith & Feminism synchroblog occurring this week, which"invite[s] feminists of all faiths to reflect with us on the interplay between feminist praxis and religious faith." Reading some of the amazing posts there, I'm mostly reminded of how little I know about oppression; how as a white, able-bodied, heterosexual, middle-class woman, I dabble at the edges of intersectional feminism, trying to open my eyes and ears to see and hear beyond my own privilege.But I'm learning.  Thanks to Sarah Bessey's wonderful book on the subject, I have already shared why I'm a Jesus Feminist despite the tendency i … [Read more...]


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