Recently Ive been watching the show "18 kids and Counting" with The Duggar Family. 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. The children are also all
to be strictly home schooled. Jim Bob, the father of all 20 children, said the girls were not aloud to dance because it was silly and only draws
attention to the body that may stir up sexual emotions.
The Quiverall movement among conservative evangelical christians, but the Duggars stated once on an episode they do not see themselves as conservative
christians and that they strictly Baptist. So ill be covering the Quiverfull Movement and Bill Gothards teachings in this thread.
Many would also call this movement/religion, very anti-feminist. A woman who follows these teachings stated Feminism is a totally self-consistent
system aimed at rejecting God's role for women.
The Quiverfull Movement
Among those who follow, the most important thing to them is to recieve as many children as possible, and eagerly as possible, because they see
children as a blessing from God. I certainly would not reject that statement, but statistics show many who follow this, live in very poor living
conditions, and one can ask how a mother and father would be able to give all these children enough individual attention, and love. Birth Control is
looked down upon extremely.
A woman named Mary Pride, a former feminist, wrote a book called The Way Home: Beyond Feminism, Back To Reality, in which chronicled her journey away
from feminism and into her conversion to her Conservative Evangelical Christianity. Pride said she found happiness in her Biblically mandated role as
a wife, a mother, and bearer of children, and a worker in the home under authority of her Husband. Pride said she felt it was biblically required for
all married christian woman but most had been tricked by feminism. Pride based her arguements mostly on bible verses such as:
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD:
and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man;
so are children of the youth.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them:
they shall not be ashamed,
but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.(emphasis added).
The name of the movement, and the verses, come from The Old Testament Bible verses in Psalm 127:3-5. All who follow the movement desire to be as
obedient to Gods commands in the Bible as possible, in which one command states to be fruitful and multiply. Therefore, they should have a strong
welcoming attitude toward the possibility of bearing children.One Quiverfull author wrote in his book
The church’s sin which has caused us to become unsavory salt incapable of uplifting the society around us is selfishness, lack of love, refusing to
consider children an unmitigated blessing. In a word, family planning
Quiverfull authors send the idea that if one child is viewed as blessing, then ay additional child is also, and shouldnt be looked at as economically
burdensome or unaffordable. Pride stated "God commanded that sex be at least potentially fruitful (that is, not deliberately unfruitful).... All
forms of sex that shy away from marital fruitfulness are perverted." And that you should trust God to give the perfect number of children for your
Situation. Most Quiverfull advocates say the Devil tricks christian couples into using birth control, so children of God can be prevented of being
Kathryn Joyce, a woman who follows the Quiverfull Movement, states
If everyone starts having eight children or 12 children, imagine in three generations what we’ll be able to do,’ ” Joyce says. ” ‘We’ll be
able to take over both halls of Congress, we’ll be able to reclaim sinful cities like San Francisco for the faithful, and we’ll be able to wage
very effective massive boycotts against companies that are going against God’s will
This seems to me like children are only being used as some sort of an army. Boycotts against companies that go against Gods will? Children arent
soldiers and they certainly shouldnt be treated like soldiers.
But not all people who follow The Quiverfull Movement believe these things. Some believe there are aspects that can justify not following the
child-bearing rules. Such as serious illness, inevtiable C-Sections, disabling mental instability, and and marital problems. Some argue birth control
may be acceptable to some married couples who have a higher moral purpose than just having children, like taking care of orphans or serving as a
missionary in dangerous locations.
The reason why so many are home-school is said to be because the parents seek to shelter their children from any culture that has to deal with
Many people claim that Andrea Yates was a victim of The Quiverfull Movement's thought. Andrea Yates described herself as a non-denominational
christian and did not use birth control. Therefore she was accepting of any children she had no matter how many. She had a history of post-partum
depression, in which woman become severely depressed after giving birth. Her psychiatrist strongly advised to her not to have any more children for
fear of her well being. But her Husband Russel convinced her to stop taking her medication and to concieve her fifth child, which would be her last.
Andrea home-schooled all of her children and her husband Russel led a home-church.
But on June 20th, 2001 something happened that shook the world. Andrea murdered all five of her children. There ages was 6 months, Two, Three, Five,
and Seven. She had drowned them all in her bathtub. The court ultimatetly ruled her not guilty by reason of insanity. The doctor initally told Russel
not to leave her alone because she had a history of suicidal thoughts, but he began leaving her alone with the children for one hour in the morning
and one hour in the evening. The judge decided not to rule endangerment and negligence on his case. Those who followed the Quiverfull movement argued
Yates never identified herself as Quiverfull and rejected she was part of the movement. However they followed preacher Michael Peter Woroniecki,
who's ideas are very similar as to The Quiverfull Movement.
Now back on the subject to The Duggars. They have a buddy system in there house where one child is assigned to help another, which means feed, cloth,
bath, and teach them. There is a sign up sheet on the fridge if one of the children want one-on-one time with a parent. Now thats just unacceptable.
When your children need to sign up to spend time with you, thats when you know, you can TOO MANY kids. Children deserve love and they deserve there