NLQ Question of the Week: Is Quiverfull Inherently Racist?

NLQ Question of the Week: Is Quiverfull Inherently Racist? March 17, 2016

QuestionoftheweekThis is a new series we have started running on Thursdays. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life.

Today’s question comes out of a discussion I recently had with a journalist about Quiverfull. She wanted to know if I thought it was geared more toward whites and not other races. Told her while there are some of other races that take part, such as Voddie Baucham, for the most part there does seem to be a tendency towards racism.

Examples: This little bit by Shalom Pearl Brand:

I heard a story last week where a girl was in Africa ministering. There were no other white people around. She was where God wanted her and do you know what? A man came there to minister as well, not knowing that she was there and they soon married. I heard another story not long ago where a young girl went to work in an orphanage in Mexico and was there for several years with no prospects of marriage. But a young man came to work there and they were soon married.

The implication seems to be that as soon as the young white ladies started serving in an area of black or brown people Mr. White Right happened by.

Colin and Nancy Campbell have also made some statements that seem to indicate that the main purpose of Quiverfull is to outbreed Muslims and other brown people. But the Campbells did adopt black children from Liberia, even if they’ve now disappeared most of those children.

Here’s a Nancy quote from NPR:

“I think, help! Imagine if we had had more of these children!” Campbell says, adding, “My greatest impact is through my children. The more children I have, the more ability I have to impact the world for God.”

“We look across the Islamic world and we see that they are outnumbering us in their family size, and they are in many places and many countries taking over those nations, without a jihad, just by multiplication,” Campbell says.

Colin from an Australian television show:

It’s a war against Islam, and the battle is being fought in the womb.

Pastor Colin Campbell: The Islamics are having 8.1 member families, average and every one of them when they reach the age of eighteen will have a vote. Already in good old England there are cities that are now becoming more Islamic than English.

Can you imagine England becoming an Islamic state?

Nancy Campbell as quoted in Catherine Joyce’s book Quiverfull

Nancy Campbell is far more explicit in speculating about the implications of the natalist theology she teaches.

When godly people stop having children, we are wasting the godly seed. So today, we are facing a very, very serious threat: the threat of Islam. They are outnumbering us seven to one. And there’s eight million Islamics here in America. When you think of Osama Bin Laden, he is one of fifty-three children. He has twenty-seven himself. So between him and his father, they’ve fathered eighty children. What about his fifty-two brothers and sisters? How many have they fathered? Say they’ve only fathered or mothered twenty each — less than him — but in the thousands when you think of their grandchildren, who would now be having children today.

When I talk to parents today and ask how many grandchildren they have, they tell me, “Oh, we have two! Isn’t it wonderful?” “Two?” Is that going to impact the world? Two? When you get someone like, say, Osama Bin Laden, for example, he’s just representative of so many Islamics, well, you see how they’re populating.

What do you think? Is racism one of the driving factors behind Quiverfull?

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