What are you Doing? – Introduction

by Suzanne TitkemeyerLast week when Vyckie Garrison wrote a series of articles on Let Them Marry patriarch Vaughn Ohlman she suggested that we take a look at his book on young marriage. Until Vyckie started looking at and writing about his now cancelled 'Get Them Married' retreat no one here knew just how bizarre Von's ideas about young marriage were. The name of the book is 'What are you Doing? A Conversation about Dating and Courtship' and it was published back in 2011. … [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...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Why Hand Holding in Courtship is a Slippery Slope to Sin?

by Anonymous from their blog Necessarily Anonymous - How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Arranged Marriages Part 2Editor's note: This is a newer quiverfull marry 'em off while they are young once daddy picks the spouse blogger I found through our old pal Vaughn Ohlman. I'm always dismayed to see Christians so hung up on every single small thing that they have to stop, study scripture and then extrapolate what they've read into ever more strict rules and don'ts. That type of legalism is a killer. It doesn't 'save' people from sin, it only makes them sneak around in a guilty fashion. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Speaking Plain Words Shows Love For Enemies?

by Vaughn Ohlman from True Love Doesn't Wait - Love, Acceptance, and PragmatismEditor's note: This is one of the most frightening things about the Quiverfull movement, the attempt to seize and redefine language in order to force ones religious and political beliefs on another group of people, to legislate morality. There's a great deal in the unquoted parts about banning abortion, doing away with same sex unions and forcing young marriage on people that we'll not quote here. But the semantics of seizing the language that we use to discuss those things is a terrifying thing and how fundamentalism forces their views on others legally. No matter what Von says that is not love. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Don’t Trust Your Own Feelings?

by C. S. Lewis as quoted by Vaughn Ohlman at True Love Doesn't WaitEditor's note: Of course we know that Vaughn is sharing this paragraph for a two fold purpose. 1) To claim that feelings of love have no place in the decision of whom to marry and 2) to make that fundamentalist claim that feelings are not important at all, that you have to deny them. We all know what this type of emotional denial and thought crimes leads straight to. It's never mentally healthy to deny your own thoughts and emotions. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Early Marriage Best For Christians?

by Justin Deeter from Ladies Against Feminism and JustinDeeter.comInterestingly enough, while Mr. Deeter makes a few good points on why he believes Christians should marry young he does eventually move on to Von Ohlman's reason for marrying young: keeping you from falling in/on someone you're not married to's vagina/penis. It really does always boil down to sex with the patriarchy crowd.  … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Girls Should Marry at 15 Years Old?

by Phil Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" at a Sportsmen Ministry event in 2009 But some Americans could also be shocked to find out that Robertson believes that the age of 15 is the perfect time for girls to get married — as long as they can cook and carry a Bible.At a Sportsmen’s Ministry talk in 2009, Robertson had some advice for a young man. … [Read more...]

Teenage Brides and Titus 2 Women of the Homeschool Apostates

by Heather Doney cross posted from her blog Becoming WorldlyToday the big American Prospect “Homeschool Apostates” story came out. A number of us have been working with Kathryn Joyce for some time on the issue and so while I only had a short segment in it, an interview on social awkwardness as a formative experience, the piece is the most comprehensive one to exist on this advocacy work I am helping spearhead as of yet, and it really highlights the issues in a way that I find to be deeply meaningful and sincerely hope will help raise awareness and bring about improvement. … [Read more...]

Quivering Questions Vaughn Ohlman Questions 6 -10

by Vaughn Ohlman cross posted from True Love Doesn't WaitWell, Suzanne Callulu has asked me another set of questions. This time they won’t work to go all in one prose segment, so I have included the questions in the text:6.What do you think of Christians in Politics? Romans 13:1-7 Let every soul be in subjection to the higher powers: for there is no power but of God; and the powers that be are ordained of God. Therefore he that resisteth the power, withstandeth the ordinance of God: and they that withstand shall … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Teen Pregnancy?

by Vaughn Ohlman from True Love Doesn't Wait - Teen Pregnancy We had great news from one of our friends the other day: one of their teenagers was pregnant!(Yeah, read that again. I actually said it. No, I wasn’t kidding. Good news: teen… pregnant.)It used to be that a pregnant teen was a cause for congratulations. The whole church would gather around her and congratulate her. Oh, wait, I left something out. They would gather around her… and her husband. … [Read more...]