This series of posts results includes excerpts from information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quiverfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.
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Can you elaborate on the experiences you've heard from survivors of the QF cult? The lack of healthcare, emotional and physical abuse, risks of so many pregnancies and births, girls being robbed of their own childhoods, shame surrounding bodies and sex et cetera. It would be great to flesh those as a little so the readers can really understand the terrible impact of these on the women that you've helped.
The generation of opportunistic leaders and ideologues who followed Mary Pride picked up where she left off with her unique and nascient combination of ideas took her concepts and carried them to their next logical conclusion. Sharing the message of Christ with the lost became secondary to promoting pro-life and pro-family causes, and they became causes unto themselves for which a generation of followers would sell their souls, their holy honor, and their very own blood through childbirth to make manifest the new salvific message of the Quiverfull ideal.
And “Biblical Patriarchy’s” gender hierarchy serves as the glue and the motivation for making the system of submission to God and to family come together and hold together in the midst of a cruel and fearful world. In order to preserve their families from these evils as well as hellfire, young parents followed the ideal that Mary birthed into a new age of abuse.
From the seeds of her ideals, those who followed her would develop what became programs of what I refer to as “Spiritual Eugenics” which no longer seek to offer the love of God to those dying in a world in need of Him but rather to preserve God’s benefits for their own anointed, superior offspring. Though Mary now strongly rejects the obsequious and servile models that grew from the ideas that she originally crafted, those very ideas blossomed into an anti-intellectual view of life that reduces both mothers and daughters to domestic servants and baby machines who are denied anything other than home-based, family-oriented vocations.
~ Cynthia Kunsman
The view of Quiverfull from my vantage