A Quiverfull of trouble

I heard an interesting story on NPR on my way to work this morning about a fundamentalist sect in the northern Midwest that advocates refraining from birth control. Not just refraining, but purposefully having as many children as possible.

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NPR treated this “Quiverfull” movement as an oddity, as if they had never heard of the the Mormons, the Amish or Old Order Mennonites. The group takes its name from Psalm 127, in which the psalmist proclaims, “Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.” This is a more obscure reference to the Bible’s love of indiscriminate procreation than the usual “be fruitful and multiply” command from God in Genesis, which other baby factory religions like to point out.

The logic behind the Quiverfull movement is as old as organized anything, but, according to Quiverfull leader Nancy Campbell, this movement seems to have a particular desire to out-breed the Muslims:

“We look across the Islamic world and we see that they are outnumbering us in their family size, and they are in many places and many countries taking over those nations, without a jihad, just by multiplication.”

Like I said, her logic has firm footing, but it’s not without complications. Campbell imagines a righteous Christian race of supermen overtaking the country’s levers of power “in three generations.” Hmmm. It has taken the Mormons almost two centuries to field a presidential candidate, and their general political influence doesn’t wander very far into urban halls of power. I have yet to see an Amish or Mennonite utopian uprising of that magnitude, and they’ve been at this for at least 250 years. The problem is that a large minority of the children in these religious sects take a hard look at their haggard, penniless parents and decide that condoms might not be so bad after all. Conversely, the poor Shakers abstained themselves right into oblivion, and the Episcopals have pill popped so much they resemble a nursing home.

I have to admit that the Quiverfullers turn my stomach. In an age when the global population is quickly outstripping the Earth’s carrying capacity and our governmental safety nets are being stretched to the brink, the idea of purposefully producing a plethora of crotch fruit is frightfully ignorant, arrogant or both. As Christians, I would hope that they would work toward creating ways to curb energy waste and expand food production so that we all might live in harmony. Instead, they are breeding soldiers for the coming resource wars.

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2 Responses to “A Quiverfull of trouble”

  1. “In an age when the global population is quickly outstripping the Earth’s carrying capacity and our governmental safety nets are being stretched to the brink, the idea of purposefully producing a plethora of crotch fruit is frightfully ignorant, arrogant or both.”

    Having babies is arrogant?

    ….

    • fuzzysoul Says:

      “Purposefully producing a plethora of crotch fruit” is to “having babies” as “drunken reckless endangerment” is to “having an alcoholic beverage.” This is a question of quantity and intent, not semantic games.

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