Quoting Quiverfull: Movies Help Sabotage Your Childs Future?

Quoting Quiverfull: Movies Help Sabotage Your Childs Future? October 24, 2013

by Michael Pearl of No Greater Joy Ministries – Six Ways Parents Destroy Their Children

If you view old TV programs made 50 years ago of families relating to one another, they look like today’s ideal Christian homeschool family. Daddy is respected and honored and Mother is cherished. Family problems were always resolved with good cheer and forgiveness. Teenage morality was taken for granted. The future was bright and full of hope, and there was no state of rebellion in the kids.

In contrast, modern TV and movies usually represent today’s average family—accurately I might add—as dysfunctional psycho wards of vindictive anger and disrespect. In most movies the family is already divorced or going through the painful process. If a movie were made with a teenager loving his parents as they love their children and each other, and everyone with good cheer and hope for the future, it would be considered corny and unrealistic to the point that the only people who could relate to it would be the ones who stopped watching TV thirty years ago.

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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.

NLQ Recommended Reading …

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  • Sara Lin Wilde

    Um, agreed. A family with no problems or negative feelings is pretty unrealistic and unrelateable. The only thing I can’t back up is the idea that homeschool families somehow are more likely to attain the impossible.

  • Saraquill

    First off, **** you Michael Pearl for insulting the mentally ill.

    Second, Is he even aware of TV shows from the 1960s? A quick look up pulled up such gems as Dark Shadows, The Addams Family and H.R. Pufnstuf. I don’t think that’s what he had in mind in terms of homeschool values.

  • Nea

    The teens in Glee mostly have excellent relationships with their parents. They just don’t all come from perfect white nuclear families. Buffy the vampire slayer loved and protected her single mother. I could keep going…

  • Trollface McGee

    I have a hard time watching old tv and movies – there is so much overt racism and misogyny – makes me glad I wasn’t around then to have to watch those “good” family values.

  • $66283444

    Maybe it looked like these some of these shows were respectable and cheerful, but read a few biographies of actors from those days and you’ll see a different story: alcoholism, drug abuse, domestic violence, abortion, unexpected pregnancy, homosexuality, divorce and extramarital affairs were par for the course, no to mention sexism, agism and racism. And dare we forget about the age old classic of teen angst “Rebel without a Cause”? And there are plenty of shows on today that show families getting along, being cheerful and entertaining the masses in the process. Duck Dynasty jumps to mind.

  • teaisbetterthanthis

    A friend of mine in college put on an HR Pufnstuf video when I was beating up bronchitis (and on hydrocodone) to drown out her neighbors so I could nap. I thought I was hallucinating, but it really IS that weird.

  • Nea

    There’s a lot of casual sexism too; and more recently than I remembered as a kid.

    Also, all the detective shows from the 80s all involve scenes where someone is running around desperate to find a public phone to pass on vital information, and that’s so strange in this time of cell phones!

  • Independent Thinker

    In the 1950’s television didn’t address issues like bullying, domestic violence, addiction, hoarding, human trafficking or suicide on any type of regular basis. Those issues were swept under the rug. I would hate for my child to be sheltered from those realities. You can’t solve problems you don’t understand and refuse to acknowledge. The best parents are the ones who are leading their children in the direction of making the world a better place. If I simply act like human trafficking doesn’t exist and avoid the issue with my child they will never have a chance to be part of the solution. Of course those issues should be addressed at an age appropriate level but if your child has reached adulthood and still has no concept of the problems facing this world you have done something seriously wrong.

  • Trollface McGee

    Yep, I remember watching the Jetsons as a kid – I can’t now, it makes me furious after about 5 minutes.. I do love watching all the old technology though 🙂 there was a great spoof of 24 set in the 90s with them having to use dial-up.

  • Brennan

    And by the same token, if “nauseatingly wholesome” is your thing, “Seventh Heaven” premiered in the godless nineties and ran for eleven years. Television has not been on a one-way march from “Leave it to Beaver” to . . . whatever eebil! shows he thinks are playing now (I suspect he’d have trouble giving specifics).

  • Catherine

    Yeah…Archie Bunker was just *such* a great example of good character.


  • Edie Moore McGee

    My personal favorite is to see a movie from the late 80’s or early 90’s and see someone using a cell phone the size of a man’s shoe.

  • Edie Moore McGee

    Archie was a great example of who not to be. Or as the New Agers would say, he was “the contrast.”

  • Yes. TV long ago did not reflect a better era, it just failed to speak of the ugly things, and we and our children should learn to care about human trafficking, racism, sexism, drugs and other realities that are problems.

  • Nea

    “Max? It’s me, Agent 99.”

  • Nea

    If you view old TV programs made 50 years ago of families relating to
    one another, they look like today’s ideal Christian homeschool family.

    Single working fathers raising a small child who goes to public school with the help of some vaguely related “Aunt Bea”?

    Actually, I caught the end of an episode of The Andy Griffith show, recently, and it’s haunting me. Opie had killed a mother bird somehow, and the show ended with Andy opening Opie’s bedroom window and making him listen to the baby birds calling. Although it was never directly said, it was strongly implied that Opie’s punishment was to listen until they weakened and died and that? Is pretty darned harsh for a family show in any era!

  • Trollface McGee

    Haha, I remember growing up thinking Zack Morris was soooo cool to have that ginormous mobile phone in school.

  • Catherine

    So did “Touched By An Angel”.

  • Sharla Hulsey

    I’m liking Michael J. Fox’s new show. A family going right along, loving each other, making mistakes, with the dad’s disabling condition as part of the equation but not the subject of every single storyline.

  • B.E. Miller

    Hey, don’t knock Pufnstuf! I used to love to watch that when I was a kid. It’s great watching. Along with the Banana Splits.
    Though I’ll admit that both are sort of like when you know you used to watch Yellow Submarine and the old Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as a kid, and then you go watch them as an adult. They’re kinda’ trippy.

  • Mermaid Warrior

    Er, there were plenty of shows from that era that didn’t represent “old-fashioned Christian values”.

    It’s true that a lot of issues weren’t brought up directly. But it wasn’t because the issues didn’t exist, it was because they were simply ignored. (and indeed, because of censorship codes, programs were limited in what they could address anyway)

    And a show where a teenager never argued with his/her parents would be corny and unrealistic, in pretty much any decade. There’s this really funny bit in Nostalgia Chick’s “Christmas Shoes” video where she gets annoyed at the part where a twelve/thirteen year old girl is telling her mom about how she’s so sad that they don’t get to spend much time with each other because the mom is working now. Cut to a scene where Nostalgia Chick is playing out a scene of how real girls that age often act, “SHUT UP, MOM! THIS FANFICTION ISN’T GONNA WRITE ITSELF!”.

  • Mermaid Warrior

    I looked up the episode you mentioned, and that bit wasn’t the end, if it makes you feel better. After being tortured with the tweeting of the orphaned baby birds, Opie takes it upon himself to care for the birds, Andy helps him, and then the birds get big and healthy enough to fly away.