I was raised in a conservative Christian cult where women were viewed as submissive birthing vessels. This story is republished from The Establishment , a publication that believes conversation is much more interesting when everyone has a voice. Media funded and run by women, The Establishment features new content daily. Now we all sat there sipping our coffees, waiting for the hardest class of the year to get rolling. Our literary criticism professor paused as he announced the optional reading titles on our list for the next week, a funny look on his face. It sort of parodies what we believe in, in an interesting way. I had to read this book. And so I did, unwittingly cracking open the beginning of the end for meek, conservative Christian me. A young woman is re-educated by the new totalitarian and Christian government regime to be a childbearing surrogate for the wife of a high-ranking military official. Her name is Offred, literally of Fred, having no name of her own anymore in this new society.

Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement

Trap yes, false no. Notice all the alleged slush fund payoffs in the current problems with several members of congress. The best thing is to get some goods on somebody, some evidence to prove it, and then state your price. They both fell into the trap, but perhaps for different reasons. No need to say that said faith need not be shaken by this sort of thing, like who ya goona have faith in anyhow and all that-because we have heard comment after comment here on TWW over a long period of time from people who say that their faith is shaken or perhaps gone based on what they have seen in christianity.

Something about smite the shepherd and the sheep will scatter, or words to that effect.

The Quiverfull Movement is a combination of several of the biggest disgraces in the history of the world: Christian Fundamentalism, anti-feminism, and Child indoctrination. The sum of all that is a religious movement where people reject all birth control, including natural methods; men are in.

So I started to get interested in what religion they followed. I noticed all the girls wore skirts or dresses. I looked it up and basically they follow the teaching of a man called Bill Gothard. When I looked his name up there was countless people saying this guys was clearly running a cult. The rules they follow are also of what they call “The Quiverfull Movement”, in which ive never heard of, and not many people have.

So I decided to shed some light on it. Some of the things Bill Gothard teaches is that, woman should not cut there hair. They should only wear dresses or skirts because “its what god would have wanted” and is strongly against the use of birth control. Its also believed woman should submit themselves to there husbands and fathers.

Its believed that if any or all boys in the family do not get married, they must stay living with there parents until they do.

I Grew Up In a Fundamentalist Cult Like the One in “The Handmaid’s Tale”

It looks like this: She is a submissive wife who bolsters her husband in his role as spiritual and earthly leader of the family. This Christian patriarchy movement finds its fullest expression in families following what they call the Quiverfull philosophy. Here, in direct and conscious opposition to feminist calls for gender equality and marriage equity, women live within stringently enforced doctrines of wifely submission and male headship.

They eschew all contraception in favor of the philosophy of letting God give them as many children as possible-families of twelve or more children that will, they hope, enable them to win the religion and culture wars through demographic means:

What – no dating for teens? Now that’s a radical concept! As “bible believers” jumped on the bandwagon of father-led pairing of qualified young men and women in serious pursuit of marriage, popular Quiverfull patriarchs took biblical courtship to a new level of paternal domination as they pointed to Old Testament examples of “betrothal” as the very best way to ensure the future.

Background[ edit ] The Duggars live in Tontitown, Arkansas , near Springdale , and originally appeared in several TLC and Discovery Health one-hour specials, mostly focused on four of Michelle’s last five deliveries. The couple met in the early s when Duggar and a fellow church member were sent for a follow-up visit after Michelle experienced a religious conversion. When they married, she was 17 and he was 19; neither attended college.

Together they first launched a used-car business, then towing and real estate businesses, and both are licensed real estate agents. Their eldest child, Joshua , was born in They resumed using oral contraceptives after his birth but conceived again despite this precaution. She has mentioned that they named that child Caleb, despite not knowing the baby’s gender. As a result, they decided to stop using birth control and allow God to determine the number of children they would have.

Michelle gave birth 17 times twice with twins over a period of 21 and a half years, approximately one birth every 15 months on average. The Duggars are devout independent Baptists. They only watch programs they consider to be wholesome family television and various historical events. Their Internet service is filtered. They adhere to certain standards of modesty in clothing in accordance with their religious beliefs.

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Who is the Duggar Family from 19 Kids and Counting? Nonetheless, in December a three-part spin-off series, Jill and Jessa: They waited four years to have their first child, a son they named Josh.

What It Was Like to Grow Up Quiverfull Hännah Ettinger was raised in the ultra-conservative Christian movement (most frequently associated with the Duggars).

The term is taken from a verse in Proverbs, which says: I was one of nine children, and our family was just on the large end of “normal” in size. Really, it was downright small: We didn’t need to use all the seats in our passenger van to get to church. I was brought up to be just one more weapon in this terrible faith-based arsenal, but I didn’t quite hit the target. Here’s what I can tell you about being a weaponized offspring.

It’s easy to write someone like that off as just another nut born into an extreme religious tradition, proudly carrying the family psychosis into the future. But this isn’t true of the Quiverfull movement: We’re only just now entering our second generation. The first wave of Quiverfull families weren’t born into anything. Choosing this alternative lifestyle was their rejection of the “normal” world — whether they were fleeing drug abuse, alcohol abuse, or plain vanilla no-frills physical abuse — to right the wrongs of their parents.

And for some reason they thought the best way to do that was to have kids the way other people buy Costco cheese.

5 Insane Lessons from My Christian Fundamentalist Childhood

Quiverfull founder and blogger Vaughn Ohlman. Raw Story readers responded to the news of what would at best be described as a super weird Christian meat-market, or more accurately, as blatant child sex-trafficking, with disgust … and activism. The story went viral and within a day, public outrage and demands for an investigation and protection for the children of these sickos resulted in the event being cancelled when the Salvation Army corps in Wichita which owns the campground where Ohlman intended to hold the retreat refused to rent their facility.

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In the Quiverfull movement, children are pretty much metaphorical weapons born to shoot a degenerate modern society in the face. I was one of nine children, and .

She will return every three to four days to purchase fresh produce. Although she maintains a close rein on the purse strings, Mrs Duggar says she used to be much stricter. Inside the Duggar’s pantry: To save on shopping, the family shop for ingredients in bulk at discount stores, warehouse clubs and co-ops Form an orderly queue! However, higher food prices meant she had to up her spending.

Growing children were another factor. Josiah, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, and Jason are all tall and lanky. Cook rice, combine all ingredients; pour into 9×13 in. Bake at for 45 minutes or until brown.

Escaping the Extreme Christian Fundamentalism of “Quiverfull”

How many home births has Michelle experienced? Two of Michelle’s children have been born at home Jinger and Joseph. How many episodes have the Duggars filmed? The season nine finale of 19 Kids and Counting, which aired May 19th, , was the Duggars’ th episode. Do the Duggars use coupons?

Whether it was their modest attire (long hair, no pants, no skimpy swimsuits) or the fact that they replaced traditional dating with a more formal (and chaperoned!) courtship process, the Duggars.

Raised in Minnesota, my family went to a suburban, evangelical church in the Assemblies of God denomination: The institute teaches a rigid hierarchy where God comes first, men come second, women are third and children are at the very bottom. As with many people who join cults, my parents were drawn in by the teachings of a leader — Gothard — whose charisma and sense of moral certainty they ultimately found impossible to resist. In the third grade, my parents decided to start homeschooling and were introduced to the ATI curriculum by a family friend.

With only four kids, our family was one of the smallest in the church. Some women would just pin Kleenex to the top of their heads. Ankle-length skirts were required for women and girls at all times. We girls came to learn that policing our bodies, in addition to getting married and having babies, was our primary role in life. Even before puberty, we were required to swim in oversized t-shirts and shorts that came past our knees while boys wore regular bathing suits , and were taught by our wisdom books: So when, in the seventh grade, I developed breasts and they grew to DDs, it felt like nothing worse could have happened.

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