Quoting Quiverfull: Sheltering Your Kids From The World Because Bible?

Quoting Quiverfull: Sheltering Your Kids From The World Because Bible? January 12, 2015
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by Kelly Crawford from Generation Cedar – Is it Right to Shelter Our Children?

Editor’s note: Crawford is trying to compare sending your children to public school as something similar to allowing your child free access to ‘porn’. Very bad analogy and straight up Evangelical fear mongering. Logic fail 101.

One effective way I have found to approach an ethical/moral dilemma is to think of it with an exaggerated hypothesis. In this scenario, I thought of how I want my kids to learn to deal with pornography.

Pornography is packaged beautifully. It is marketed to be full of pleasure and fun and excitement. We’re never shown the broken homes and hearts that lie in the wake of its path. It’s typical of sin: it lies.

For that reason, I want them to learn about it differently than the producers would teach them. And at the appropriate time. It would be foolish to try to have a conversation with my 4 year-old about words and images he doesn’t need to know. But it’s not wise to try to pretend, indefinitely, that pornography doesn’t exist.

Based on my friend’s opinion, taking this exaggerated example (though I’m not sure “exaggerated” is the right term since it is a reality), we might leave a stack of pornographic magazines in his bedroom to peruse at his leisure. We might even tell him “they’re bad”, but still give him access to process it on his own. To do that would be to let the lying marketers teach my children about this poison.

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  • Saraquill

    They think about porn much more than my slash and BL fiction loving friends do.

  • Nea

    “I’m going to exaggerate wildly. Now having said that, I’m going to move the goalposts and assert that my insane exaggeration is reality. Ignore the scrapes the goalposts leave behind; we all know that there’s no over exaggerating how scary the world is, anyway.”

  • Anonyme

    If you have to exaggerate to prove a point, you need to find a better way of arguing. What does porn have to do with public school, anyway? Theeen again, this is coming from a woman who compares homosexuality to adultery. I just -had- to click, didn’t I? http://www.generationcedar.com/main/2014/02/what-if-your-child-was-a-homosexual.html

  • SAO

    It would be interesting to know the points of comparison between public school and pornography.

    Pornography has a distinctive view of sex, but if you never saw porn and had no idea of how it portrays sex, you could live in the world without a problem. But if you are ignorant of the basic facts of science and history as understood by the average public school student, you are crippled.

    Maybe some of the commenters here can talk about how it feels to discover that the facts and truths they knew were considered by most of the rest of Americans to be fiction at best and dead wrong in general.

  • Olivia

    “One effective way I have learned to approach an ethical/moral dilemma is to think of it with an exaggerated hypothesis.”
    So what you are saying is that you aren’t very intelligent?

  • Rebecca Horne

    He was alright up until handling it by leaving it lying around with minimal discussion.
    Is this from the “having meaningful discussions with your kids is unthinkable” camp?

    Because, like, if a kid has heard that porn exists and is wondering what it is, it’s not a terrible idea to show them a carefully selected clip (like 10-20 seconds long?) and then have an actual conversation about how this is like any other movie or tv show–it doesn’t show reality. It’s faked in order to put on a show and isn’t what real sex is like.

  • gimpi1

    So, what is she exaggerating her example from? Porn is an exaggeration for… public schools, beachwear, the non-Christian neighbors, trips to the library, what? I have no idea what she’s so afraid of, except she thinks by linking it to pornography she has somehow shown why it (whatever it is) is dangerous. Logic-fail indeed.

  • gimpi1

    Oh, well that explains a lot… Logic-fails are nothing new for this lady. Good to know.

  • Jenny Islander

    Ba ha ha!

    But maybe it is a correct analogy. Isn’t she part of the subculture that calls looking at porn occasionally (or even once) an addiction? Maybe the underlying fear is that if kids go to public school even once, they’ll never want to leave!

    There’s also the “If we don’t talk about it EVER then they will never do it” delusion underlying the constant hunting around for yet more supposedly sexual things to shun. If we never, never let them hear about all the things we have to pretend away in order to make the fundie bubble possible, then … well, then fundie bubble.

  • persephone

    When I got home the other night, my older son was watching Penn & Teller’s Bullsh*t on On Demand. It was a show about teenagers and sex, so they put Bill Cunningham of WLW 700 and Cindy Rushton on as the antis. Bill Cunningham just exudes creeper, and Cindy comes off as having absorbed too much hair bleach and spray through her scalp into her brain.