Santorum, the Duggars, the Quiverfull Movement, Evangelical Christianity and To Train Up a Child

I just have to comment on the whole Santorum thing. It’s like Bachman and Perry have utterly destroyed their chances, and Romney is emerging as a *gasp!!!* “moderate”, so Santorum has to take up the crazy torch.

santorumLet’s take a look at Santorum. He hates gays. He hates women. He thinks that abortion is so evil he wants doctors who perform abortions to be criminalized. He even encouraged his wife to almost die trying to carry a non-viable pregnancy to term – and did let his 19 week fetus die a slow, agonizing death (according to his own “scientific viewpoint”, although most agree that the pain threshold is weeks later) outside the womb drowning in air its lungs weren’t sufficiently developed enough to breathe. Then he took the dead fetus home, and passed it around to his other kids demanding they hold it and sing it a lullaby. Yes, that actually happened.

Santorum says families with two parents who work outside the home are greedy for money they don’t really need (and feminists are to blame!):

“In far too many families with young children, both parents are working, when, if they really took an honest look at the budget, they might find they don’t both need to. … What happened in America so that mothers and fathers who leave their children in the care of someone else — or worse yet, home alone after school between three and six in the afternoon — find themselves more affirmed by society? Here, we can thank the influence of radical feminism.”

That’s right, Ricky – because ‘radical feminism’ is really all about two parents working two part time, minimum wage jobs each so the old white men who are CEOs of the companies they work for can take home $27 million dollar bonuses at the end of the year.

Santorum says Catholic priests aren’t child molesters – they are just homos!

“In this case, what we’re talking about, basically, is priests who were having sexual relations with post-pubescent men. We’re not talking about priests with 3-year-olds, or 5-year-olds. We’re talking about a basic homosexual relationship. Which, again, according to the world view sense is a a perfectly fine relationship as long as it’s consensual between people. If you view the world that way, and you say that’s fine, you would assume that you would see more of it.”

Really, Ricky? The average age of boys molested by Catholic priests is between 7 and 12 years of age. Even at age 12 we are definitely not talking ‘post-prepubescent’.

The Duggduggarsars support Santorum, saying he is the “obvious choice for Christians”. Let’s adjust that juuuuust a tad – I don’t think the Duggars speak for all Christians. At least, I sincerely hope they don’t. They just happen to be part of the same Quiverfull Movement, which basically says a man’s value is determined by how many kids he can sire, and a woman’s value is dependent on how many kids she can pop out for her man – meaning her job is to deal with pregnancy after pregnancy after miscarriage after miscarriage until her uterus falls out.

Of course, the Duggars are no strangers to the “woman as broodmare” concept, nor to the rather grotesque act of treating a non-viable fetus like a baby (they photographed Duggar’s last miscarriage – also at 19 weeks -and handed out images of the fetus’ feet and hands at the memorial service. Yes, that actually happened.)

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It may have been a blessing to the fetus that it did not survive. The Duggars also support a child-rearing ‘manual’ produced by another batch of Evangelicals – Michael Pearl and his wife Deb, who homeschool their children and co-wrote “To Train Up a Child” in 1994. According to the Pearls, children must be broken.

Among other things, they advocate whipping a four month old’s legs with a willow switch, to threaten a spanking and if the child then obeys to spank them anyway, to sit on children while switching them, and to whip children hard enough that they have no breath to complain. They also recommend forcing children to fast as discipline, and hosing off children outside if they don’t potty train fast enough. Quotes direct from the book and their site:

 “…use whatever force is necessary to bring him to bay… Defeat him totally.”

“… the most pain is on the surface of bare skin where the nerves are located… ”

“If your 10-month-old is pitching a fit because he wants to be picked up, then you must reinforce your command with a few stinging swats. Wait one minute, and then tell the baby to stop crying. If he doesn’t, again swat him on his bare legs. You don’t need to undress him, turn him over, or make a big deal out of it. Just swat him where any skin is exposed. Continue to act as if you don’t notice the fit. Wait two minutes and repeat.”

Then this, gleefully:

 “A 12-inch piece of weed eater chord works well as a beginner rod. It will fit in your purse or pocket. Later, a plumber’s supply line is a good spanking tool. You can get it at Wal-Mart or any hardware store. Ask for a plastic, ¼ inch, supply line. They come in different lengths and several colors; so you can have a designer rod to your own taste.”

On infants crying in their cribs at night:

“But what of the grouch who would rather complain than sleep? Get tough. Be firm with him. Never put him down and then allow him to get up. If, after putting him down, you remember he just woke up, do not reward his complaining by allowing him to get up. For the sake of consistency in training, you must follow through. He may not be able to sleep, but he can be trained to lie there quietly. He will very quickly come to know that any time he is laid down there is no alternative but to stay put. To get up is to be on the firing line and get switched back down.

Texas Family Court Judge William Adams Beating Disabled Daughter With a Belt

The ongoing theme in the Pearls’ teachings is that if punishment is violent enough, the child will break and submit. Three deaths and several more cases of severe injuries of small children have been linked to the book, and a copy was reportedly also present in the home of Texas family court judge William Adams, of whom a video surfaced on YouTube last year, showing the ‘Christian’ man savagely beating his disabled teen daughter over the course of seven and a half minutes and repeatedly screaming “Submit”!

Between Santorum, the Duggars and the Pearls, Christianity is getting a bad name. The fact that Evangelicals and their cousins, the even more batshit Dominionists (such as Bachman and Perry) keep pushing themselves as the face of American Christianity should affront and shock Christians who take a more Christ-like view of the world.

I know there are Christians out there who aren’t anti-gay, anti-abortion and anti-women and children’s rights to the point of froth-at-the-mouth rabidity. I just wish we could see them a little more often. Unfortunately, it seems that the only way a Christian can make it on the GOP campaign trail is to compete for the crazy-like-a-fox trophy. It’s a shame.

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One Response to Santorum, the Duggars, the Quiverfull Movement, Evangelical Christianity and To Train Up a Child

  1. It’s interesting that these “Christian” men would put their wives health and lives in serious jeopardy, all in the name of religion and no one is allowed to say anything about it. As tragic as Michelle Duggar’s recent miscarriage is, the fact that it happened is of little surprise as she possibly has maternal depletion syndrome. She probably shouldn’t be carrying any more children as this will not only jeopardize the life of her unborn child but hers as well. But if someone says “It is God’s will that we try again” we can’t label them bat-shit crazy. Even if the next child comes to term (the child before was borm prematurely), it is likely to have a bunch of health problems in the future.

    http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/context-and-variation/2011/11/11/the-duggars-demonstrate-life-history-trade-offs-around-quality-versus-quantity-of-offspring/

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