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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Answer to my Critics: My Childhood Opened My Eyes

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by Joe Sands cross posted from his blog Incongruous Circumspection Editor's note: Some translations here. Billy Boy G is Bill Gothard, Swine Beads are Michael and Debi Pearl and Ezzo-kimos are followers of Gary Ezzo. Trigger warnings for descriptions of child abuse.Recently, I was accused of only speaking out against Billy Boy G. and his patriarchal ilk because I have a vendetta against my life as a child.  While I do not disagree that half of my childhood was pure torture, I vehemently disagree with that accusation.Here's a summing up of my childhood: … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull Part 3 – Michael Pearl Answers Critics of “To Train Up A Child”

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by Michael Pearl of No Greater Joy - It's The Book's FaultEditor's note: Even more calling out his critic and laying the blame for the failure of his methods with her. … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull Part 2 – Michael Pearl Answers Critics of “To Train Up A Child”

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by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - It's The Book's FaultEditor's note: Here Michael starts to point fingers back at the letter writer and diagnose her with various things like a 'legalistic spirit'. Nice try, blaming and shaming someone asking for clarification on your abusive child training methods (that is if the letter wasn't penned by Michael or Debi, which is unlikely.) Whenever I post Michael Pearl here I am reminded of a great blues classic song 'Sayin' Don't Make It So' This is going to be one of those multi part series so that you can count the inconsistencies uttered by Mr. Pearl. … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Part 1 – Anger in Children is Purely Selfishness?

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by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Angry ChildrenEditor's note: Continuing on from last week's theme of Michael blaming children for selfishness here's his take on anger, a topic he seems to know a little too well. Too bad he never takes his own advice and observations and applies them to himself. … [Read more...]

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NLQ Question of the Week: Why Are Quiverfull Evangelicals so Quick to Physically Discipline Their Children?

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This is a new series we’re going to start running on Thursday evening posts. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life. As I'm sure all of you have seen by now there have been protests, looting and rioting in the city of Baltimore over the death of a young man named Freddie Gray in police custody. One of the stories that has emerged from this tragic situation is that of mother Toya Graham. News cameras caught her slapping, yelling and dragging her 16 year old son Michael away from the violent protests on Monday night. The question of if she was right or wrong to use physical discipline to remove her son from the protest isn't really up for debate here, … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Apply the Rod or Your Child Ends Up in Prison?

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by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - In Defense of Biblical ChastisementEditor's note: Michael seems to think that those that do not get beaten by the plumbing line end up in jail. The problem of criminal actions and behaviors is not as simplistic as he thinks it is. … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: All Children Start Out As Selfish Little Beasts?

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by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - In Defense of Biblical ChastisementEditor's note: What a horrible pessimistic view of children to have! According to Michael Pearl in the rest of this article you have to beat the 'sin nature' out of your kids to get them to toe the Biblical line. Has he even read the words Jesus himself spoken about being like a little child? … [Read more...]

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The Deliberate Spread of Misinformation

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by Sarah Henderson cross posted from her blog Feminist In Spite of ThemWhen my siblings and I were children, my parents deliberately misinformed us about the world. I am still not sure what the overall goal was. Some of it makes sense. The ideological nonsense that contributed to psychological control makes sense, such as the misinformation about lust, reproduction, and consequences, but some of it really doesn't make sense. … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: The Bible Makes Child Training Perfect?

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by Michael Pearl of No Greater Joy in part ten of his new foreword for his book “To Train Up A Child” – Attack on Traditional Child TrainingEditor's note: Thankfully this is the last part of Michael's new foreword for his book. The bad news is that this is only part one of two. Expect to see part two up sometime in May. If Mr. Pearl is so interested in Biblical child training how could he miss the part that talks about the father not frustrating the child? … [Read more...]

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