Quoting Quiverfull: Scream at Your Children?

Quoting Quiverfull: Scream at Your Children? October 12, 2013

From Salon quoting Glenn Beck’s recent show – Glenn Beck: Scream at your children until they believe in God. 

Glenn Beck branched out on Wednesday from his usual political conspiracy crazy-making to dispense some terrible parenting advice. You see, Beck believes that parents should use verbal abuse and physical intimidation to teach their children that their rights “come from God” by getting “in their face” and making them cry.

“Well, they’re going to cry, it’ll hurt their feelings” yelled a visibly agitated Beck. “Push them! Because if you don’t do it now, it’s going to be much worse when they’re pushed and they’re shoved and they’re shot. Push them! Teach them! The need to know the truth and the need to be pushed up against the wall once in a while so they know they can defend themselves.”

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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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  • Does Glen Beck even have kids?

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    He has four children and while he is not publicly QF he is a member of LDS hardcore and frequently loves to mix conservative religious views with his take on current events.

  • Brennan

    Dunno, but I really hope not.

  • As a former Mormon, he makes the rest of us look bad.

  • Janet Brown

    “They need to know the truth and they need to be pushed up against the wall once in a while so they know they can defend themselves.”

    My parents screamed. They didn’t scream sermons, just whenever I or my siblings did something wrong or just annoying. I felt like I had to defend myself against my parents.

    The words don’t really matter if they are delivered in a threatening manner. “THE SKY! IS BLUE! THE GRASS! IS GREEN!” What happens is the child will pay lip service to the opinion to avoid spankings, and when they grow up, they will take their new found freedom to explore less threatening opinions.

    Maybe if he had recommended parents scream something like “THE EARTH! IS! 4.6 BILLION YEARS OLD!”, that would achieve the desired result by making young earth creationism the less threatening, more logical option.

  • SAO

    Let’s see, you’re going to convince kids to have a lifelong faith in God by teaching them that God gives their parents the right to verbally abuse them? Yep, that’s a God I want to worship; one who doesn’t give a damn about me or any miserable, vulnerable child.

  • Saraquill

    This sounds like an excellent way to create atheists.

  • Lauren Borrero

    Sure seems like it huh?