The Drama of Mother’s Day in High Demand Religion

by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from her blog Under Much GraceAll images by Cindy Kunsman from Under Much Grace and used with permission For many reasons, Mother's Day takes on great significance for me this year. I turn fifty later this year, and my high hopes of possibility of having a baby of my own have vaporized with my age. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 2 – Public School is Evil, But You Are More Evil For Not Obeying?

by Debi Pearl from No Greater joy - Rising to the ChallengeEditor's note: So in Debi's world the greater sin is not that of not schooling your children at home, but of possibly not living up to your husband's requirements and expectations. In other words this husband's desire to send the kids to the local public school is more about his perceived notions of her personal failure. What if the father sees and recognizes first hand that many of their friends homeschooled children aren't getting much of an education? What if he wants them to have opportunities for social skill development. There could be a host of reasons that have nothing to do with the mother's possible failure to send the … [Read more...]

It’s Not That Complicated: Part 5 Chapter 8

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideAll quotes from the book are in blue textChapter 8 is nearly over!  Hooray!We've got some truly Botkinesque themes today.  Stop reading if covert incest bothers you. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 1 – Public School is Evil, But You Are More Evil For Not Obeying?

by Debi Pearl from No Greater Joy - Rising to the ChallengeEditor's note: This letter and response is a good example of one truism in Quiverfull. No matter what a woman does she cannot win ever, everything she does is wrong, wrong, wrong, even if she's obeying some previous instruction from the same cultural enforcer. No wonder antidepressant use is so much higher in religious communities! This is enough to drive anyone to despair!First we start with a 'Pearl letter' … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Dig Deep or You’re Not Doing it Right?

by Colin Campbell from Meat For Men - Deep WellsEditor's note: Colin tells us what he thinks a weak useless Christian looks like. I don't know but many of these sound more like problems in fundamentalism from here. … [Read more...]

Answering ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’ – Worried About Getting A Good Husband?

Another installment of giving better answers to the questions asked at Debi Pearl’s site message board for the book ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’. Many young ladies ask questions on all sorts of different subjects brought up by the book. There was just one big problem, many of the answers stray into either the outright bad and emotionally unhealthy to dangerous. Yes, typical Debi Pearl borderline abusive. Here’s what we’re going to be doing here at NLQ. Every week, once or twice a week, I’ll be posting up one of the questions from the message board and ask you, our readers, to answer that poor soul’s question in a way that is logical,  rational and the best possible solution, in other words 1 … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Happy Mother’s Day! Here’s Some Mother Fearing-Mongering!

by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies - Grown Up BabiesEditor's note: One thing you can count on with Nancy is that she'll find a way to add to your must do list to keep your children from backsliding straight down to hell. This is that. Spiritual busy work. … [Read more...]

Revealed: Founder of ‘Quiverfull’ Cult Pushed His Son Into an Illegal Marriage With 16-Year-Old Girl

by Vyckie Garrison NLQ Founder from Raw StoryEditor's note: Since Vyckie Garrison wrote this piece yesterday afternoon and now Von Ohlman has scrubbed his site. So many of the links to the most awful assertions on his website will lead only to this statement:"The page you requested is not available. We are in the process of completely rewriting our site. As a result of being picked up by the national media, and being misquoted, a lot, (and lied about), we decided it was best for our tiny ministry to focus on saying exactly what we mean and to take down the hundreds of blog posts and articles which attempted to explain, discuss and explore. We hope to have more content up … [Read more...]

Navigating Risks and Bounded Choice

by Suzanne Titkemeyer cross posted from her blog Every Breaking WaveDuring my last trip to Costa Rica we stopped for lunch that first day at a Frutas by the side of the road. These little open air fruit stands are everywhere in Central America when you venture beyond the larger cities.Neither Jim nor I knew what to expect. We were lured into stopping by the gorgeous display of tropical fruits. We hadn't eaten a thing since the airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida very early that morning and were pretty hungry. Tropical fruits suddenly sounded like a splendid idea in that moment.Turns out that the Frutas had more than just fruit. They had all sorts of foods and snacks including a … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Getting to Know Your Intended Spouse?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Young Adults and Marriage Part 2Editor's note: It's a sad day when the courtship advice on how to meet and get to know who you want to marry from Michael Pearl sounds super healthy after Vaughn Ohlman's hour long betrothal meetings. One correction on Michael's words here - the Amish and the Mennonites are not the same thing as he's lumped them together here. They are similar, like pears and apples are close, but not the exact same thing. … [Read more...]

It’s Not That Complicated: Part 4 Chapter 8

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideAll quotes from the book are in blue text.On a serious note, this post may be triggering for abuse or trauma victims.It's time for BIBLE BABBLE starring Anna Sophia and Elizabeth Botkin!In previous episodes, our gracious hostesses have told us about why women have no agency outside of men, why loving your brothers means your literal biological brothers, why Biblical heroines are following the Botkin plan with a special emphasis on Abigail and Bathsheba, and their personal obsession with the Proverbs 7 woman. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Homeschooled to Mow Lawns For Life?

by Eric from No Greater Joy magazine - From EricEditor's note: The last of the Pearls articles on their homeschool successes. This poor fellow sums up so much of what is rampantly wrong in the Pearl homeschooling world. His career path was laid out for him as a child without much choice for him and he's embraced it. It's good he's able to earn money, but somehow this seems like so much wasted possible potential from here. … [Read more...]


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