Happy 4th of July! Let Us Give Thanks For Freedom Of And From Religion

Happy 4th of July! Hope some of you are getting beach time and sand castles this weekend. Image by Suzanne Titkemeyer

Happy 4th of July dear readers! May your day be filled with family, food, fun and fireworks if you so desire it. Or, if you are like me may your day be filled with reading and quilting or whatever else fills you with joy.To celebrate the religious freedom this country was founded upon as we enter the 239th year as a nation I am listing below a selection of readings from various Quiverfull and Fundamentalist sources that will make you happy we have freedom. Imagine, if you will, being forced to live your life the way the people below would insist you do if they succeeded in making the US a theocracy of their own design... … [Read more...]

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Christian Dominionism ~ Part 4: Erik Prince and the Ties that Bind Extremist Politics to Christian Patriarchy

by kmPart 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Most everyone has heard by now about the Blackwater corporation (recently renamed Xe due to bad PR) and the staggering criminal enterprise that it has perpetuated in the name of the U.S. War on Terror.  Even such farcical news establishments as Fox have been unable to ignore the veritable shitstorm that has erupted in the wake of the Bush administration over Xe’s unholy alliance with the United States government.  One thing that has not been widely reported, however, is Xe’s Dominionist allegiance, up to and including the fact that its former CEO—and now chairman—Erik Prince, is the biological heir apparent to the U.S. Dominionist community.  The son … [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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Christian Dominionism ~ Part 1: The Ties that Bind Extremist Politics to Christian Patriarchy

by kmPart 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 In recent years, most popular culture discussions of the Christian Quiverfull movement center on the charming Duggar family of TLC reality fame.  The Duggars—parents of eighteen children with another on the way—are seen by many as a wholesome—if quirky—example of a healthy family with astoundingly polite and well-behaved children.  It is nearly impossible to have a discussion with a well-meaning Quiverfull-illiterate without hearing that familiar refrain: “They just seem like such nice people!”  It’s not uncommon to find secular people who find themselves drawn to the Quiverfull lifestyle based on what they perceive as such a healthy—and happy—home l … [Read more...]

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