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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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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Is Child Sexual Abuse Rampant in Evangelical Quiverfull Type Christianity?

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by Suzanne TitkemeyerI am starting to believe that the situation in the Duggar family is far more widespread than everyone seems to think.  Much of the secular world reacted in horror at first. But now evidence is starting to emerge that seems to indicate this is an epidemic, not a isolated incident. Exactly how many connected to the Duggar family will be exposed as having sexually abused a child?Yesterday it was announced that Mike Huckabee's co-writer on two of his books, John Perry, has been accused of child sexual abuse in two separate law suits. Perry's ex wife has alleged that Perry admitted to the molestation in her divorce legal filing.This begs the question of why? Why … [Read more...]

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News: Josh Duggar Articles and an Apology

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Rather than recap a few and keep editing new ones in I'm going to provide a daily round up of articles until TLC does the right thing and cancels "19 Kids & Counting" Right now they've pulled all reruns of the show until June 1st. The first of next month they start airing the show again. No decision on if they will pull the show permanently or just axe Josh from the show and continue on.From TMZ: Josh Duggar on the Chopping BlockDiscussion on if they will continue the show without Josh on it. Apparently TLC is reluctant to let go of their fecundity-laced cash cow even if a crime was committed and they're showing possible victims. Mammon above all. TLC and the Duggars worship the … [Read more...]

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Parenting, The Duggars and Their Relationship With Mike Huckabee

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by Suzanne TitkemeyerIn a past presidential election cycle TLC's '19 Kids and Counting' Duggar family supported former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee's campaign and it looks likely that they'll do the same in the upcoming 2016 elections. Huckabee has quit his Fox News television show in preparation for another run at the Oval Office and announced he is exploring election at the same time he's promoting his new book, "God, Guns, Grits and Gravy". … [Read more...]

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Saturday News Links: June 29, 2013

American Family Association Radio goes back into wacko land by claiming that the Democrats are about to make our president sit in the back of the bus. It really all does boil down to racism in extreme fundamentalism - … [Read more...]

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NLQ FAQ: Are Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar "Quiverfull"?

by HopewellQ: Are the Duggars Quiverfull?By their own admission, Jim-Bob and Michelle were so “grieved” after reading the information pamphlet in a birth control pill package that they turned their fertility over to God. (“About Us” para.1 See also, Dallas News).  That decision has been the reason for their incredible family size of 19 children.Recently the media has offered several profiles of just who are “Quiverfull” families.Increasingly, the presence of such large, ideologically driven families is being documented through the medium of the age: reality TV shows and lifestyle cable channel specials, all of which campily depict Quiverfull life as like regular motherhoood, but a … [Read more...]

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Christian Dominionism ~ Part 3: Bill Gothard and the Ties that Bind Extremist Politics to Christian Patriarchy

by kmPart 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 You will never meet a homeschooler in North America who hasn’t heard of Bill Gothard.  Gothard has become a rich man from peddling his homeschooling program—Advanced Training Institute of America (ATIA)—and his self help seminars—the Institute in Basic Life Principles, the Advanced Seminar, the Anger Resolution Seminar, the Children’s Institute, and the Total Health Seminar.  There is something very surreal about attending any Gothard event for the first time.  In return for the $60 price of admission, you get to watch videos of Gothard espousing his philosophies of Christian patriarchy and Bible-based child abuse, usually whilst producing a paint-by-n … [Read more...]

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