NLQ Question of the Week: Why Are Quiverfull Evangelicals so Quick to Physically Discipline Their Children?

NLQ Question of the Week: Why Are Quiverfull Evangelicals so Quick to Physically Discipline Their Children? April 30, 2015

QuestionoftheweekThis is a new series we’re going to start running on Thursday evening posts. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life.

As I’m sure all of you have seen by now there have been protests, looting and rioting in the city of Baltimore over the death of a young man named Freddie Gray in police custody. One of the stories that has emerged from this tragic situation is that of mother Toya Graham. News cameras caught her slapping, yelling and dragging her 16 year old son Michael away from the violent protests on Monday night. The question of if she was right or wrong to use physical discipline to remove her son from the protest isn’t really up for debate here, the problem seems to be that in the world of Evangelicalism Toya is now being hailed as a ‘hero’ and ‘good mother’ for absolutely freaking out in fear that her son could be the next dead young man in Baltimore and taking the action of physical violence to get him off the streets. Any mother, good or bad, in that situation would face a tough choice as to how to get your child disengaged from the violence and safely at home.  We all do what we must do, good or bad, to protect our children.

Through the years here we’ve highlighted many of the Quiverfull Evangelical Christian ministries that push the idea of physical punishment as the only Godly way to parent even as it has lead to the death of children. Many Christians who are speaking out about Baltimore have only spoken out about the punishment of David Graham as a good thing, buying into the idea that beating children in public is a perfectly acceptable thing to do.
Here’s the question: Why are people so quick to physically discipline their children?
If you haven’t seen the original video of Toya Graham removing her son from the streets here it is. Trigger warning for violence and language.


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