Nancy Campbell’s Skewed Courage is Fear Mongering

Nancy Campbell’s Skewed Courage is Fear Mongering December 12, 2018

It’s interesting just how far back Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies will go to justify her Quiverfull ideas. All the way back to the Apocryphal books of the Bible. Nancy thinks that a mother in Maccabees watching her pile of sons being tortured and killed is a courageous person because, well, err, emm, it’s not clearly explained in Nancy’s piece. I would say that makes Nancy Campbell’s definition of courage rather skewed.

This is part of Nancy’s muddled series on Hanukkah and ‘Hanukkah’ing your children. Nancy Campbell does this Hanukkah series every single year. I just do not remember her straying so far from the Bible and being quite this gruesome before.

Read it and tell me if you don’t think a) gruesome almost pointless story and b) not really connected with much in the Evangelical Protestant Bible that Nancy claims to follow:

Well look at Nancy, being all deliciously martrybatey about preparing your children to die for the cause of God, err, or not to deny God, or umm, whatever exactly is going on there. I guess the stories of the Old Testament were sufficiently fear-monger-y enough for Nancy to use them to frighten mothers into training their children up to be martyrs.

That’s the real point of this piece, and Nancy’s talk of mothers training their children. Nancy has used fear to control her followers for one really long time now. She’s using a passage from a piece of writing that isn’t in the Bible to make mothers so afraid for their kids that they believe training their children is the utmost important, vital, kingdom thing they can do.

Instead of raising their children to be good people, valued members of society that will help benefit all it’s suddenly become a holy war. Living in that type of fear isn’t healthy for anyone.


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Suzanne Titkemeyer went from a childhood in Louisiana to a life lived in the shadow of Washington D.C. For many years she worked in the field of social work, from national licensure to working hands on in a children's residential treatment center. Suzanne has been involved with helping the plights of women and children' in religious bondage. She is a ordained Stephen's Minister with many years of counseling experience. Now she's retired to be a full time beach bum in Tamarindo, Costa Rica with the monkeys and iguanas. She is also a thalassophile. She also left behind years in a Quiverfull church and loves to chronicle the worst abuses of that particular theology. She has been happily married to her best friend for the last 32 years. You can read more about the author here.

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