The Quiverfull Movement is a combination of several of the biggest disgraces in the history of the world: Christian Fundamentalism, anti-feminism, and Child indoctrination. The sum of all that is a religious movement where people reject all birth control, including natural methods; men are in charge of the household; women stay home, look after and homeschool their many kids; and people are hyper-conservative all in the name of "God". Phew!
The Quiverfull movement is highly related to the Christian Patriarchy Movement, which basically defines Quiverfull family hierarchy. Although they are two different things, they are usually practiced together, and, for now, will be counted as the same thing.
The idea for the Quiverfull Movement comes from Psalm 127, which says that: "Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the loom a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them."
Kids and Birth Control
Because of this "children are a blessing" idea, all forms of birth control are absolutely forbidden. This is taken to such an extreme, that, if a man and a woman are married, they have to have sex. Wives must continue having Babies even if their lives are in danger.
Garrison suffers from a rare bone condition that made pregnancy dangerous. Her husband had a vasectomy after baby number three. But after reading Campbell and other Quiverfull authors, her ideas and the vasectomy were reversed.
Garrison continued to get pregnant against all medical advice, almost dying with the birth of her last - and seventh - child. But for a true believer, dying in childbirth is supposedly a noble act, she says.
"I really believed that I wouldn't die unless God willed that I die, and if he did then I would accept that, because obviously he's the smart one, and has the big picture and knows the whole plan."
Before marriage, sex isn't allowed.
Quiverfull families are so blinded that they think everything is because of God; if the parents try hard to have a baby and can't, it's because that's not a part of God's plan. Apparently, birth control has never been part of any divine plans God has conjured up.
Once these children are born, they are raised by the mother. The father goes off to work and tries to make money, but most employers are sane enough that they don't give salary increases just because, "My wife had my tenth and eleventh kids yesterday." The boss said "I already gave you one when you had your fourth, sixth, and eight. Stop having kids!"
Meanwhile, while this guy is trying to get a pay raise, life is complicated at his home. Even though she is still recovering from the birth (at home, not a hospital), the guy's wife has to breastfeed her new twins and oversee the household work. The actual work is being done by her children, particularly the daughters, who have to do domestic tasks. The daughters are responsible for so much, even before they're teenagers!
Quiverfull people have big, false ideas about gender roles. Quiverfull families have the father in charge of the household: he makes the Money during the day, and, at night, has a wife and a whole lot of kids to wait on him hand and foot. Girls are under the authority of their fathers before they Marry; and their husbands, after the wedding. This scenario often leads to depression or domestic violence, but all Quiverfull people ever do is quote a few Bible passages. Remember, everything that happens is because of God's will. Even abuse.
Within the household, there are often different rules for girls and Boys. For instance, some Quiverfull families assign household chores based on gender. The boys get the physically hard ones, like mowing the lawn; and the girls get the stereotypically feminine ones, like the laundry. .
Most Quiverfulls misinterpret the 1st Amendment to say, "America is a Christian Theocracy. All Jewish people will go to Hell." They want America to return to "traditional values," and see the many children they give birth to as members of an "Army for God."
In addition to being radically anti-abortion, Quiverfull families are also anti-Gay, pro-Gun, and refuse to get into debt. Quiverfull families also frown on women in positions of power, including politics. And it isn't just Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin is also a culprit; and her husband should have gone into politics instead. Many Quiverfull women don't even vote, or are prohibited from doing so by their husbands!
Like every other conservative Christian to walk the Earth, Quiverfulls preach the "gospel" of abstinence-only. They just take it one step further. Actually, they take it an hour-long car ride further. For starters, there is no dating. Instead, they have this thing that they call, "courtship." On the outside, this looks like a scene from King Arthur where a knight is secretly in love with a married woman. But Quiverfull families call this Adultery and claim that the people involved are going to Hell. Courtship in the Quiverfull World is actually a parent-controlled thing for getting to know the guy you'll marry.
A Typical Courtship
When Paul turned twenty-one, his father decided that he needed to stop letting Paul help his mother and volunteer at Church but spend the rest of his time doing nothing and actually make some money. Paul never disobeyed his father. Ever. A month later, he had moved across the state line to Texas.
In Texas, Paul lived with his aunt and uncle, who had ten children. All except for two had gotten married and moved out of the house. Paul started learning a trade from his Uncle Josh, who was a Plumber. On Sundays, Paul attended a very small and very conservative Church. The church's Pastor, Pastor Hagman, suggested that Paul attend the church's Thursday night Bible study. Paul never disobeyed pastors. Ever. He became a regular attendant of these Thursday night bible studies.
Another person who frequently came to these bible studies was an eighteen-year-old girl named Cecelia. Cecelia was the fourth-youngest in a family of sixteen. There was something about Cecelia that just made Paul tick. As a matter of fact, Paul had a crush on Cecelia. He just didn't know it. His father had taught him from a really young age that crushes are Sinful. And Paul never disobeyed his father. Ever.
Paul's Uncle Josh also knew how much Paul loved to sing and recommended that Paul join the church's choir. Paul never disobeyed his uncles. Ever. Being in the choir gave Paul a little opportunity: he was cast as Casperin the Christmas pageant. It also was Uncle Josh's (or rather Aunt Elizabeth's) turn to host Paul's father's family for Christmas that year. So Paul could make it!
Directing the Christmas pageant was Cecelia's brother, Evan. Evan liked Paul so much that he invited Paul and his Uncle Josh's family over for dinner. After talking with the whole family at dinner, Paul had a short conversation with Cecelia as she was clearing the dishes. They only talked for a minute, but Paul finally realized something was happening. Or as he put it, "I wondered if she was the girl God had made for me."
Paul got to know Cecelia better at Bible study, and the more they talked, the more the crush grew. Or, as Paul says, "The more I thought that God had made her for me. I began praying about it. A lot."
Just before Easter, Paul had a dream where he ate a Snickers bar. When he woke up, he interpreted the dream as God saying he should start to court Cecelia. So when he went home for Easter, Paul asked his father about it. His father told him he should make sure it was really God's plan, but after that, "waste no time." Paul never disobeyed his father. Ever. So he focused on getting to know Cecelia more.
Then, two weeks later, Paul had another dream. In this dream, he was kissing somebody with black hair, just like Cecelia had. Paul's father had made sure to teach him to save his first kiss for his wedding day. And Paul never disobeyed his father. Ever.
The dream made Paul sure that God wanted him and Cecelia to get married. The first thing he did was send Evan an e-mail because he knew his e-mail address. After Paul finished plumbing for the day, he eagerly checked his e-mail. Sure enough, he got one from Evan with his father's email address and asking him to indicate a time he could meet Cecelia's dad at a coffee shop that Saturday.
That Saturday, Paul met Cecil and Evan's dad, Jim, at the coffee shop. Jim asked Paul a lot of questions. They had to meet again after church to ask more questions. Then, Jim said he had to think about it.
The next day, Paul got a dinner invitation from Jim. Paul's Uncle Josh's family came, too. That was where Jim told Paul that Cecelia wanted to court him, too; and Jim had approved. Paul was overjoyed. But Jim and Uncle Josh had to lay down a few rules, first:
- No physical affection. You may hold hands when you get engaged but may not kiss until your wedding.
- You can't go out unless you have a chaperone.
That Friday, Paul began to
date court Cecelia. Evan was the chaperone. They went to dinner and a PG-rated movie. The next few months, dinner and a PG-rated movie became a Friday night tradition.
Then, Paul went on a mission trip to Mexico. While he was away, he missed Cecelia a lot. He missed her so much that he cried. A lot. Now that Paul was courting Cecelia with the intention of marrying her, he could have a crush on her, but he still felt bad about it. Soon after he got to California, he texted Jim. Jim texted him back, and Paul was overjoyed. He stopped in a shop in Phoenix on his way back to Texas and purchased an engagement ring.
That night, he took Cecelia, Evan, and their parents out for dinner. Just before dessert, Paul excused himself to the bathroom. Because his father had taught him not to lie, and he never disobeyed his father, ever; he went to the bathroom first. Then, he went to his car. He got the ring and eight roses. He had slipped the waiter a note asking for a slice of cake with a single candle. That was waiting when he got back. He gave Cecelia the cake and the roses. Then he got nervous, but stood up again. This time, he fell on his knees and asked Cecelia to marry him.
She said yes!
Jim came and put the ring on Cecelia's finger. Then, Paul and Cecelia hugged. Without kissing.
The wedding date was set for two months later. Cecelia got a beautiful dress; and the eight groomsmen and bridesmaids; plus the ring bearers and flower girls, were all cousins and sisters. Care was taken to make all the dresses modest.
The day was finally here! Paul was excited, especially as he watched Cecelia glide down the aisle on Jim's arm. He handed Cecelia over to Paul; and Paul was just so happy. They said their vows. In addition to the usual vows, Cecelia vowed to obey Paul.
Then they kissed. It was their first kiss ever. Paul loved every minute of it. 
As you might have noticed, the Quiverfull movement creates lots and lots of children. And lots and lots of children mean more and more global warming. Of course, Quiverfull people deny evolution and global warming, just like any other conservative Christians. But other conservative Christians don't pollute as much or take up as much food.
- "If everyone in the world stood shoulder to shoulder, they'd fit in the city limits of Jacksonville." Everybody loves their personal space. Chances are, Michelle Duggar doesn't want to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with seven billion other people. You wouldn't, either.
- "We buy used and save the difference." This looks a lot better than it actually is. Some things, like food, a basic need for survival, can't be bought used. And Michelle Duggar lives in a pretty big house. It takes a lot of electricity to power everything, which is probably generated from nonrenewable fossil fuels.
Then Michelle goes into this rant on how saying there are too many children is like saying there are too many flowers. If you just isolate that statement, Michelle is actually right. Sometimes there are too many flowers, like when the flowers prevent edible food from being grown. In the same way, having too many children increases the amount of farmland needed to feed the world. When the children have too many children, all the problem does is multiply.
- The Quiverfull: The evangelical Christians opposed to contraception
- Psalm 127:3-5
- Though Paul and all the other characters in this story are fictional, the events portrayed have happened to real people, and the story is based on true events.
- One of the three kings.
- Then they had sixteen kids in fifteen years, including a set of twin and a set of triplets.
- It should be noted that Michelle is being interviewed by the Christian Broadcasting Network