Undocumented Workers: 19 Kids and Other Reality TV Children Part 1

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by PropinquaThe Duggar fantasy mega-house was largely funded by Discovery Networks and built by donated labor that Discovery rounded up. Sponsors even helped to stock the food pantry. By implying that one patriarch’s income can support a multitude in fine style, the house stands as Arkansas’ very own evangelical Potemkin village.Until recently, the Duggar house has been one more thing not often discussed: a workplace for adults and children. The TV network’s role in building the compound and the Duggar brand makes this fact almost inescapable. … [Read more...]

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TLC Child Abuse Prevention Special – The Duggar Family and Other News

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Numerous media outlets are reporting that The Learning Channel has set an air date for the documentary, Sunday, August 30 at 10 pm est. It will air commercial free and feature Erin Merryn, Terrae Lee and 11 year old Kaelin. They are all survivors of childhood sexual abuse who are speaking out about what happened to them in an effort to bring attention to this important issue. Also pairing with TLC on this production are RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) and Darkness To Light.Jessa Duggar Seewald and Jill Duggar Dillard will be shown in a short segment attending a sexual abuse prevention seminar put on by Darkness To Light. Just a quick blip, blink and you'll miss 'em, with … [Read more...]

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NLQ Question of the Week: Why is Popular Culture Always Deemed ‘Demonic’?

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This is a new series we have started running on Thursdays. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life.In my online readings this week I ran across an article in the Christian Post where a parent is asking for advice concerning their teenager's reading choices. The child came home with the first book in the immensely popular "Game of Thrones" series. The parents were unhappy he was being exposed to 'inappropriate' content.Here's what the writers at the Christian Post had to say about allowing anyone, much less teenagers, to read the GoT series: … [Read more...]

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A Few Thoughts on Abortion and Planned Parenthood Videos

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserI’ve been asked to give my take on the Planned Parenthood videos.When it comes to Planned Parenthood’s mission, to provide healthcare to women, I am 100% in their corner. Providing abortions is a small part of Planned Parenthood’s services, and defunding Planned Parenthood would have a deleterious effect on the health of poor women. Attempts to defund Planned Parenthood are driven by religious belief and bad science. We live in a secular state, one that supposedly separates church and state and one that values science; yet, when it comes to abortion, the debate is framed by religious claims that result … [Read more...]

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News: Gloriavale – New Zealand Patriarchal Quiverfull Cult

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by Suzanne TitkemeyerOne of the British newspapers, the Daily Mail, recently ran an article about a religious group in New Zealand that lives entirely by the New Testament in isolation from society. They call themselves "Gloriavale"Their version of Christianity seems to have more in common with some of the Fundamentalist Ladder Day Saints than most Fundamentalist Christian groups. One of the big distinctions that runs through Gloriavale and FLDS is that a group of 12 men, all church elders, decide who will marry who. No choice is given to the potential brides and grooms. Many times the matched are based mostly on how distantly related they are to avoid birth defects from inbreeding. … [Read more...]

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On “Buying Influence”

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by Ellen cross posted from her blog When Church HurtsThe so-called Republican “debate” – which was in no way a “debate” – was some of the best entertainment I have seen in a while.  I truly enjoyed the sparring and jabs – and we all know the thing that makes comedy comedic is the basis of truth that is inherent in what is being said.I watched an interview with Donald Trump that took place after the “debate” and in the interview, Sean Hannity questioned Trump on his comments about donations to people in order to make them beholden to him.  Hannity then made this statement:  “People donate for the purpose of buying influence.” … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Evolution Is Responsible For Racism?

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by Ben Seewald from his YouTube video on how Christians are to respond to racism as reported by the InquistrEditor's note: Ben brings in Dante Berry, an African American man, who advises that adults are to lead by example against racism and examine themselves to make sure they have no racist attitudes and adjust according. Not bad advice, except for one thing, in Quiverfull Evangelical and Fundamentalist camps there are almost no minorities or African Americans at all, just a token few like Voddie Baucham. The Seewald chimes in that people that believe in evolution are the real racist ones, claiming evolutionists believe that whites are superior to other races. Uh, I don't mean to … [Read more...]

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This Is What ATI Teaches Families Like The Duggars

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by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Samantha P Field.comA few months ago, when the news initially broke about Josh sexually abusing his sisters and others, I wrote a post that examined some of the reasons why his parents were able to cover up what he’d done so effectively: the purity culture they raised their children in blames women for their own assaults. Specifically, they used a program created by Bill Gothard, a man known for sexually harassing women and minors (Josh Duggar received his “counseling” from Gothard’s ministry). This program is known as the Advanced Training Institute (ATI). … [Read more...]

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NLQ Question of the Week: Imbuing Politicians With ‘God’s Favor’?

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This is a new series we have started running on Thursdays. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life.Well here we are, mere hours away from the first Republican presidential candidate debates. One of the things that is interesting about the 2016 crop of Republican possibles is that many of them are claiming that God favors them and wants them to be president to restore America to a Christian nation again. At least their version of what a 'Christian' nation looks like. Two different Duggar-approved candidates are in the race, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum. Other prominent Christians and their ministries support others claiming to be God's choice, … [Read more...]

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Duggars Remove Payment Request From YouTube Account and Another Sex Scandal

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Remember earlier in the week when it came out that the Duggar family had started asking people for money on their YouTube channel? Yeah, well, they have taken down the request for money and the button you had to click to donate. Like many other actions of the family since it came out that eldest son Josh Duggar molested five girls this action backfired on them and had people speculating that they were broke. … [Read more...]

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