Quoting Quiverfull: More Love Via More Babies?

Quoting Quiverfull: More Love Via More Babies? October 13, 2013

by Michelle Duggar from ABC News – Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar Trying For Baby Number 20

“My daughter, Jill, said to us, ‘Mom, Dad, I don’t understand why people would say that. Love really, truly multiplies…it doesn’t divide. When you have more people in the family, there is that many more people to spread love all around!'” she said. “I think Jill said it very wisely; love does multiply. It’s a joy, because there are that many more people and that much more love in the house!”

She also scoffs at the idea that she’s contributing to overpopulation, calling the concept “overrated.”

“I think that there is this ideology that goes behind overpopulation that I don’t really agree with. It’s a different perspective and that’s where people have their different ideas, and that’s okay,” she said. “That’s what makes the world go around; there are many different ideas and different perspectives about certain topics.”

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QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull honestly and thoughtfully.

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  • Lauren Borrero

    Yeah a lot of cities are over populated. I think another reason why there isn’t enough food to go around is because some of the higher ups there could careless. But that’s my opinion.

  • Theo Darling

    No two people are guaranteed to like each other simply by virtue of being immediate family. And it does feel right to use “like” in this case rather than “love” (although that is equally true), because my psyche still bears scars from years of hearing, “I love you, but I don’t like you!” and its variant “None of your siblings like you!” Thanks, Mom! “Love” has never felt so demoralizing.

  • mayarend

    Then you didn’t pray enough /irony

  • Christopher Johnson

    Who cares what it’s like in Mumbai or Calcutta or Rio de Janiero or Mexico City? My having one child or fifteen will have literally zero effect on them. In first world countries, we have to deal with an aging and/or an increasingly unintegrated immigrant population, which is solved by… oh, that’s right, more native born and properly enculturated citizens.

  • gimpi1

    Actually your choices regarding children do have an effect. We in the first world use much of the world’s resources, contributing to all kinds of environmental problems and worldwide shortages and poverty.

    Also, I don’t get your “unintegrated” and “properly enculturated citizens” remark. Most immigrants I know are quite capable of taking up the load as citizens. They don’t need to look or sound like me to do that.

    An aside, is “enculturated” a word? My spell-check doesn’t recognize it.