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Their Quivers Overfloweth – With Updates

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We exalt Jesus Christ as Lord, and acknowledge His headship in all areas of our lives, including fertility. We exist to serve those believers who trust the Lord for family size, and to answer the questions of those seeking truth in this critical area of marriage.

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Hallelujah! It’s Quiverfull, the latest incarnation of the He-Man Woman-Haters so-called “Christian” conservative anti-feminist club. How incredibly bad must these women feel about themselves, to buy into this nonsense? Submit to your husband and give control of your reproductive organs over to some invisible man in the sky?

I think I’ll start a religion. Let me know if you think it would catch on! Here I go:

Men are to blame for original sin. Nothing they ever do can erase that. Because of this allegorical event that never occurred sometime in the mists of the ancient world, men shall be relegated to second-class citizen status, which is all they deserve. After all, they have penises, which appendages automatically make them stupid and weak – everyone knows that.

Due to their obvious inferiority, men shall be prohibited from the following activities: Becoming church leaders; having control over their own reproductive organs; and having any but the most feeble recourse, should their wives decide to beat them senseless every night, or kill them simply because they wish to. After all, it is merely their cross to bear, and divorce is a sin against the Goddess.

What do you think? Guys, don’t all sign up at once now!

This is the article that brought “Quiverfull” to my attention. What especially worried me was the article’s suggestion that this movement is growing in power and popularity. And of course, it’s being subtly promoted by The Learning Channel, which features The Duggars, a Quiverfull family with 18 (yes, that’s ten plus eight) children.

But there’s one big omission from the on-screen portrayal of many of these families: their motivation. Though the Duggars do describe themselves as conservative Christians, in reality, they follow a belief system that goes far beyond “Cheaper by the Dozen” high jinks. It is a pro-life-purist lifestyle known as Quiverfull, where women forgo all birth-control options, viewing contraception as a form of abortion and considering even natural family planning an attempt to control a realm-fertility-that should be entrusted to divine providence.

At the heart of this reality-show depiction of “extreme motherhood” is a growing conservative Christian emphasis on the importance of women submitting to their husbands and fathers, an antifeminist backlash that holds that gender equality is contrary to God’s law and that women’s highest calling is as wives and “prolific” mothers.

Make no mistake, there is nothing benign whatsoever about this type of propaganda. I’ve seen quite an uptick recently of movies and television shows that show women either as submissive, maternal types (all the TLC specials that the article mentions), or as bubbleheaded idiots obsessed with shopping (“Confessions of a Shopaholic”) or The Perfect Wedding (“Bride Wars”). The patriarchy is not amused by the fact that two women were uppity enough to think they deserved to crack that highest, hardest glass ceiling last year, and it hasn’t stopped its efforts to prevent another attempt at REAL change – a woman as President.

So we must keep ever watchful, like real Pumas, and recognize the efforts of the plutocracy to protect itself. It’s been quite successful for thousands of years at keeping women “in their place.”

Sometimes I just despair at the appalling breadth and depth of society’s hatred and fear of the feminine. But then, something like this happens, and I get a little bit happy.

Vermont Senate Panel Approves Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Good for the Judiciary Committee. Good for Vermont. May this bill pass, and may more and more states follow their example.

And may the women of the world stop falling for this ridiculous, perverted stupidity. God is love, not hate, and this Quiverfull crap is nothing but hatred of the power of the Chalice.

Someday, women will realize that. In 2012, perhaps?

Cross-posted at Partizane

Merry Almost Christmas!

I Hate You, and You, and You...

I Hate You, and You, and You...

In the spirit of the season, I’d like to take a break from my usual snark to ask this question:

Who Would Jesus Hate?

Now, if you ask Rick Warren, it’s Jews, women who have abortions and are not properly submissive to their husbands, and teh gays. (Whew – that’s a lotta hatin’.)

If you ask the pope, it’s teh gays. (Yes, homosexuality is hot! Oh, that’s not what he meant?)

I know I’m a Jooo, but so was Jesus. And if we’re going to cherry-pick the Bible to make it reflect our beliefs (as all Judeo-Christians do, since the book is full of contradictions and outdated restrictions), then why can’t we pick the most enlightened parts, the most tolerant parts, the most loving parts?

Like this one:

“If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing….

And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”

- 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

And what about this, which is directly attributed to Jesus himself?

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.

Matthew 22:36-40

Personally, I don’t know if Jesus even existed. I believe the Bible is the work of men, not God, and so I don’t venerate the Bible in any way. But the fact remains that billions of people all over the world think the Old and New Testaments are holy, and base their personal morality on these ancient pieces of literature. And many spiritual and political leaders seem to be focusing on, and promoting in very loud and nasty ways, only the most divisive and hate-filled interpretations of Biblical passages.

This holiday season, my wish is that all of us all over the world - atheists, agnostics, of Judeo-Christian, Muslim, Buddhist or other religious beliefs – start to focus on our commonalities, not our differences; that we begin to rise above the divisions that politicians create among us and start demanding action, not empty symbolism, from our elected representatives; and that we start to create a better world, where hatred of The Other is finally understood as hatred of ourselves, and it is recognized that all humans, no matter who they love or what they look like or what sex they are, deserve equal justice under the law.

We can do this, and we will.

Happy Holidays.

Churches and Gay Marriage: Why Don’t They Mix?

(NOTE: My thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims of terrorism in Mumbai. Such a terrible tragedy. I just can’t write more about it today.)

Why Is This Scary?

Why Is This Scary?

After the passage of California’s Proposition 8,  I’ve been shaking my head over why many religious institutions are virulently against gay marriage. This interview with Richard Rodriguez, an author, fervent Catholic, proud Hispanic, and “out” gay man, has a very interesting take on the subject. According to him, it’s all about the family and the wimminz, and how the church is afraid of losing its power over them both. I have to admit that I’ve never heard of this theory before, but Rodriguez makes a convincing case for his point of view.

The first couple of paragraphs pack quite a wallop.

For author Richard Rodriguez, no one is talking about the real issues behind Proposition 8.

While conservative churches are busy trying to whip up another round of culture wars over same-sex marriage, Rodriguez says the real reason for their panic lies elsewhere: the breakdown of the traditional heterosexual family and the shifting role of women in society and the church itself. As the American family fractures and the majority of women choose to live without men, churches are losing their grip on power and scapegoating gays and lesbians for their failures.

Rodriguez goes on to say this about how the feminist movement and the gay rights movement are linked, in the minds of those who are invested in religious institutions:

American families are under a great deal of stress. The divorce rate isn’t declining, it’s increasing. And the majority of American women are now living alone. We are raising children in America without fathers. I think of Michael Phelps at the Olympics with his mother in the stands. His father was completely absent. He was negligible; no one refers to him, no one noticed his absence.

The possibility that a whole new generation of American males is being raised by women without men is very challenging for the churches. I think they want to reassert some sort of male authority over the order of things. I think the pro-Proposition 8 movement was really galvanized by an insecurity that churches are feeling now with the rise of women.

Monotheistic religions feel threatened by the rise of feminism and the insistence, in many communities, that women take a bigger role in the church. At the same time that women are claiming more responsibility for their religious life, they are also moving out of traditional roles as wife and mother. This is why abortion is so threatening to many religious people — it represents some rejection of the traditional role of mother.

In such a world, we need to identify the relationship between feminism and homosexuality. These movements began, in some sense, to achieve visibility alongside one another. I know a lot of black churches take offense when gay activists say that the gay movement is somehow analogous to the black civil rights movement. And while there is some relationship between the persecution of gays and the anti-miscegenation laws in the United States, I think the true analogy is to the women’s movement. What we represent as gays in America is an alternative to the traditional male-structured society. The possibility that we can form ourselves sexually — even form our sense of what a sex is — sets us apart from the traditional roles we were given by our fathers.

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