Quoting Quiverfull: Train a Child Out of Shyness?

by Lori Alexander from The Transformed Wife - Train, Train, Train Your ChildrenEditor's note: This is in response to a reader writing to complain about her child she calls 'high strung' and 'very dramatic'. She tells a story of the child spilling water on her clothing and oh so selfishly demanding to change clothing right then. Sounds reasonable to me. Wet clothing are uncomfortable and sometimes chafing. Would not an adult go change their clothing if it was uncomfortable wet? I know she says it was a 'tiny' amount of water, but she never says how 'tiny' that is. But being inflexible and treating reasonable requests as spoiled behavior is it really much farther to the rod both the … [Read more...]

Bonus Quoting Quiverfull: Physically Abuse Your Daughters?

by Tim Bayly of Bayly Blog - The Good Father: Fight the Good Fight 3Editor's note: Thank you Karen for pointing out this post in the comments. It is horrifying on so many levels. Notice too that Bayly is not advocating doing this to his sons, merely his daughter. This is what child abuse looks like in the CPM. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Spoiled Unspanked Children?

by Lori Alexander from The Transformed Wife - Don't Pamper Your ChildrenEditor's note: Is there some fundamentalist world calendar that causes QF enforcers to all write about similar subjects at the same time? I am finding a lot of 'Don't Spoil Just Spank' posts on the usual peoples blogs today. In the unquoted bits of this piece Lori explains you just have to 'be firm' and 'not allow' certain behaviors like tantrums to turn out perfectly obedient children before she makes the huge leap to say that those kids allowed to get away with the things she considers bad behavior are doomed to awful lives. I don't think it's much of a leap from her words about awful lives to the hell and … [Read more...]

Mack Ford and New Bethany: Is Justice Delayed Justice At All For Carol Ann Cole?

by Suzanne TitkemeyerWhile law enforcement investigation into the murder of Carol Ann Cole has stated publicly that they think there is no possible connection between the murder and Independent Fundamentalist Baptist pastor Mack Ford it also cannot be conclusively ruled out either. At least not by what evidence was released to the public. If there is evidence completely ruling out Mack Ford and anyone at New Bethany we have not seen it. … [Read more...]

Questioning the Pearls – Spy On Your Child?

Publishing this today instead of Sunday due to the holidays.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...]

If a Tree Falls in the Jungle

Guest post by Sherryn Anderson from Glorious PublicationEditor's note: This article was shared with us once the allegations of possible past sexual abuse of children on a mission trip by Vaughn Ohlman was exposed. This is, unfortunately, how these things happen all too commonly in religious organizations. … [Read more...]

NLQ Question of the Week: Why Are Children ‘Born Evil’?

This is a series we run every Thursday. The questions are things that people who may not know much about the Quiverfull movement or even Fundamentalist or Evangelical Christianity ask about the lifestyle. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life can only shine a light on the toxic nature of this lifestyle choice.Anyone who has followed much of the writings of Debi and Michael Pearl along with many other Quiverfull child training self-proclaimed experts will notice one thing they all believe - that children are born inherently sinful and evil. Tiny manipulators in baby clothing. Even people like Zsuzsanna Anderson and her recent posts on the … [Read more...]

Shackled Girl: Part 15 – Competency Hearing Ordered For Nine Year Old Witness

by PropinquaEditor’s note: All of the officials involved in the Ciboro case deserve respect and support for tackling a well-nigh impossible job. Still, it’s hard to figure out why a nine-year-old witness is having a competency hearing, when the adult defendants have not been required to undergo a psychological evaluation. Yes, we know, those are two very different things, but isn’t there a barbaric imbalance here? … [Read more...]

Shackled Girl: Part 13 – Will Alleged Rapist Question Child Victim in Court?

by PropinquaEditor’s note: Toledo media, why don’t you ask about the limbo in which the three children from the Ciboro household are stuck, and the potential trauma they face in court? The legal shenanigans of the Ciboro men do not bode well for a speedy, orderly trial. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 2 – Do Not Make Spanking a Last Resort?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Spank as a Last ResortEditor's note: I will agree that asking questions after misbehavior is certainly necessary, but this idea that children are to be viewed as lazy little sin machines is just vile. Jesus himself spoke of the innocence and purity of little children. Hitting a child to correct behavior only teaches them that violence is the way to resolve differences and that the stronger party will win every time. Is that really something that a child should learn? … [Read more...]