Friday, January 15, 2016

Social Engineering and Darwinism (QF: The View from Here)

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.
Find the Index of all posts HERE.

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.

Pregnancy and Birthing, Response Part Two:

On page57, Mary venerates motherhood, likening mothers to missionaries who brave dangerous conditions of living to carry the Gospel to mothers who chose to brave pregnancies despite risks to their health and wellbeing in order to serve the higher calling of motherhood. Christians laud missionaries, but not mothers who brave the dangers of pregnancy. She created what became an over-correction for the neglect of motherhood into what became a reckless championing of it instead. 

Mary goes on to downplay legitimate risks to women who suffered with “phantom illnesses,” mocking them for forsaking God’s perfect plan in order to embrace the empty values and rewards of worldliness, casting those who suffered genuine illnesses or those who suffered life threatening pregnancy complications as truly evil creatures who had forsaken God. 

She created a culture with her writings and with subsequent literature that created a veneration of martyrdom through motherhood at all costs. And her ideology made no room for those who could not fit within the box that she created for Christian women of childbearing age.

In a section subtitled Evangelism Through Reproduction that appears on page 80 of The Way Home, Mary states:
We Christians can sometimes be inconsistent. We'd fight and scream if someone tried to stamp out our evangelistic efforts.
Let’s say that Christians are 20 percent of the US population. If each Christian family had six children, and the humanists, feminists, and others kept on having an average of one
then in twenty years there would be sixty of us for every forty of them. In forty years, 90 percent of America would be Christian! That is without outside evangelism. All we'd have to do would be to have children and raise them for Christ...
[T]hen in two generations […] we would be over 40 percent of the population.”

~ Cynthia Kunsman
The view of Quiverfull from my vantage
August 2015