No Laughing Matter: Michael Pearl & His Chicken Mock Critics

Michael Pearl has issued a scornful brush-off of critic's charge that No Greater Joy Ministry's "child-training" advice incited Kevin and Elizabeth Statz to beat their 9-year-old daughter, Lydia to death using quarter-inch plumbing supply line. by VyckieI am nearly speechless with anger after reading a link postedby NLQ forum member, Asteli which highlights Michael Pearl's "Laughing" Facebook note response to his critics. "It has come to my attention that a vocal few are decrying our sensible application of the Biblical rod in training up our children. I laugh at my caustic critics, for our properly spanked and trained children grow to maturity in great peace and love." A vocal few? Who Is … [Read more...]

Lydia's smile could have lit a room

This post first appeared at Beauty For Ashes by Laurie M.Paul and I have just returned home from the funeral of a most precious little girl.  Lydia's smile could have lit a room. Now it reflects the glory of God the Savior for all eternity.. . .It is now exactly two weeks since we got a phone call....well, let me back up. Over a year ago a new family began attending our tiny church. A husband and wife with nine kids - six biological, three adopted from Liberia. They were a lovely family, the children polite and well behaved. They home-schooled. That's how they found our church actually. They belonged to the same home-school organization as our pastor. Anyway, the wife was one of … [Read more...]

Disciplining to Death ~ No Greater Joy Ministries and Child Abuse

by WanderingOneFriday, February 5, Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz, were charged with beating their 7 year old daughter to death for mispronouncing a word, and torturing her 11 year old sister, who was brought to Sacramento Children's Hospital in critical condition from kidney failure and other injuries.[1]In addition to the two girls, who were adopted, the Schatz’s have 6 biological children and another adopted child—all of whom were rarely seen out of doors or playing with other children, report neighbors[2].   Recently, the Butte county DA has reported that the Schatz’s followed the teachings of Michael Pearl, founder of No Greater Joy Ministries.[3]Pearl advocates what he refers to as … [Read more...]

Are Scott and Andrea Bass a Quiverfull couple?

This article was originally posted at She Keeps Bees.by KMYou have probably heard the story by now.  Scott and Andrea Bass, the Arizona couple who locked a fourteen year old girl in a bathroom without running water for two months and tortured her to the point of starvation?  I’m wondering if this is a homeschooling Quiverfull family–and, if so, why the media has not remarked on it yet?Let me be very clear here: I am not making this leap based merely on reports that the family homeschools. I recognize that it is impossible to generalize that all homeschoolers are Quiverfull fundamentalists, and that there are many viable reasons for homeschooling that have nothing to do with extremist r … [Read more...]

People Magazine: Duggars "won't rule out having baby #20"

Why Michelle Duggar can't say, "We're done!"  "We'll just wait and see what God has in store." ~ Michelle Duggar, People, Feb. 8, 2010by Vyckie As a former Quiverfull mom of seven, I've had such a variety of birth experiences ~ emergency c-sections, scheduled repeat c-sections, failed homebirth attempt, successful homebirth (after four cesareans!), hospital VBAC, and with my last birth ~ which I had planned to have unassisted at home, I ended up with a 5th c-section due to partial uterine rupture. My complicated birthing history made living out the Quiverfull ideal of "leaving my fertility in the Lord's hands" all the more challenging ~ and one of the toughest things for me to handle … [Read more...]

Quiverfull Reality Pics …

by VyckieI was just digging around for old photos to post along with the next installment of my story.  Found this one of the children visiting me in the hospital after Wesley's birth ~ and thought to myself, "Hmmm ... what does this remind me of?"Oh ~ I know ... … [Read more...]

God gave them brains too

Why Michelle Duggar might not be done yet by VyckieThe Internet is buzzing with news of the premature birth of Josie Brooklyn Duggar ~ Michelle's 19th child, who was delivered via emergency c-section last Thursday at only 25 weeks gestation and weighing a mere 1 lb. 6 oz. Kate Harding, at Salon.com pointedly asks the question of the hour: Baby No. 19 is born extremely premature; will Michelle's god ever give the poor woman a break?  Of interest to me, is a comment on Kate's article: God gave them brains too ~ So why don't they use them instead of their reproductive organs? Trust in God but use your head, otherwise you are insulting God by behaving as if you have no choice in the ma … [Read more...]

Rachel Scott ~ the two-headed lady …

Rachel Scott on WETV's "Born to Breed":  Well, my husband is in charge ... and I do believe in women submitting to men ...Rachel Scott on the Joy Behar Show: I believe that my husband and I have an equal partnership. But in matters of dispute, I would say that the two of us make decisions pretty much together as team. So I think submission is misunderstood.BEHAR: So it's not the total patriarchy that it's painted - as in the film piece that I saw.SCOTT: I don't believe that is total accurate depiction of Quiverfull actually, so, no.Discuss this post on the NLQ forums! … [Read more...]

Why Did She Do That?!

Rachel Scott's crazy-making tactics on the Joy Behar Show  Look, Mimi~ I'm on TV!  LOLWhen I first received the phone call asking me to go to New York to be interviewed on the Joy Behar Show ~ I had to admit that I had no idea who Joy Behar is.  "I am still pretty culturally illiterate after all my years as a fundamentalist Quiverfuller," I explained.  "We do have cable TV now, but the kids keep it tuned to the Disney Channel."  So, I can tell you all about Demi Levato, Selena Gomez, the Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus ... in fact, I think I've got Hannah Montana's basic hairstyle ... :)Anyway ... I quickly brought myself up to speed on Joy ~ and on Tuesday, Nov. 3 ~ I had the opportunity t … [Read more...]

Fox 9: Motherhood Movement

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