I am wholly disgusted by this article from Newsweek, as found here on MSN. It has nothing to do with the litters of children these people are bringing forth - if you want to have 15 kids, fine. Whatever. But God damn you if you just keep popping them out with no sense of self-control and don't have the means to care for them properly - decent schooling, health care, clothed and fed as they should be. I believe there's a little something about "suffer not the little children" in Christianity, am I right?
In addition to joining the attack on all birth control methods (including natural planning by cycle, a practice even the Roman Catholics support), their whole Quiverfull doctrine bases itself on women not only submitting themselves to the constant will of their husbands but turning over their womb "to the will of God". The anti's get pissed because they claim abortion dehumanizes the fetus; how about these so-called Christians dehumanizing WOMEN ENTIRELY, portraying them as nothing more than thoughtless, baby-making machines? If you're so against the pill, both the Ortho Cyclen and Mifeprex kinds, shouldn't you be ADOPTING all of God's lost little gifts from the orphanage instead of humping like rabbits, you lustful little fiends? They never seem to have an answer for that. If God truly is the only one who can open and close your womb, then what deity is opening and closing your legs and putting your husband's penis and semen inside you?
Without further ado, for your Sunday morning reading 'pleasure':
How Full is Your Quiver?
In a new movement, Christians 'open their wombs to God.'
By Eileen Finan
Nov. 13, 2006 - It’s hardly a typical scene from the suburbs. The Bortel home outside San Antonio counts 12 members—parents David and Suzanne and their 10 children, ranging from 13 months to 15 (the 20-year-old married and moved away)—all crammed into a four-bedroom house that trembles constantly with activity. Everything revolves around the home: Dad works there, the kids are schooled there, the youngest three were born there. The family uses a 15-passenger van to get around, and at night, the kids climb into multiple sets of bunk beds. David and Suzanne hear the same questions repeatedly. So for the record: No, they’re not Catholic. Yes, they’ve heard of birth control. And no, they’re not crazy. In fact, they’d happily welcome a 12th child. “It’s about obedience to God,” says David, 38. “The Bible says that God is the only opener and closer of the womb.”
The Bortels form part of the “quiverfull” movement, a small but growing conservative Protestant group that eschews all forms of birth control and believes that family planning is exclusively God’s domain. The term derives from Psalm 127:
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them.
Back in 1995, when the quiverfull.com Web site was founded, it had only 12 subscribers; today, the site, which is administered by the Bortels, has more than 2,600. Many followers have abandoned mainstream churches in favor of smaller nondenominational congregations of like-minded families. A cottage industry has sprung up in support of them. There are books like “A Full Quiver,” by Rick and Jan Hess; Web sites like blessedarrows.com, which raises funds for couples to have reverse vasectomies or reverse tubal ligations; and scholarly treatises like “The Natural Family: A Manifesto,” put out by the Rockford, Ill.,-based Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society and the Sutherland Institute, a conservative think tank in Utah. “We’re still on the fringes,” says Jan Hess. “But it is much more embraced than it was before.”
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