Flimsy Sanity: Quiverfull

Flimsy Sanity

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Thursday, February 08, 2007


Many years ago when I was working bees in Texas, a woman started a friendly discussion with me and soon she asked me if I had any children. I answered that I did not and she grew very agitated and said that it was the duty of white people to procreate or else the "Niggers would take over the US." This idea of populating the world with your own kind has been encouraged by some religions like Catholics, Mormons, and Muslims sometimes despite a lack of a promising future for them. A new group working on becoming a majority force is the group who call themselves and their belief system "Quiverfull."
They borrow their name from Psalm 127: "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. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate." Quiverfull mothers think of their children as no mere movement but as an army they're building for God.
Quiverfull parents try to have upwards of six children. They home-school their families, attend fundamentalist churches and follow biblical guidelines of male headship--"Father knows best"--and female submissiveness. They refuse any attempt to regulate pregnancy.

But if just 8 million American Christian couples began supplying more "arrows for the war" by having six children or more, they propose, the Christian-right ranks could rise to 550 million within a century ("assuming Christ does not return before then"). They like to ponder the spiritual victory that such numbers could bring: both houses of Congress and the majority of state governor's mansions filled by Christians; universities that embrace creationism; sinful cities reclaimed for the faithful; and the swift blows dealt to companies that offend Christian sensibilities.
Read the Nation article here .


  • At 11:00 AM, Anonymous RJ Adams said…

    I have great difficulty in not utterly despising idiots who, not content with replacing their own brains with the Bible, demand everyone else do the same. America seems full of these people. If Europe is the "measure of mankind's fall" then I am fallen, and happy to be. For a country that advertises freedom as its sacred cow, it is overflowing with those who would bind us all to their empty-headed misconceptions.

    I am reminded of Kahlil Gibran's "Prophet", and what he said of children:

    You may give them your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday. You are the bows from which your children, as living arrows, are sent forth.

    I don't believe Gibran's "arrows" were ever of the same quiver as these "Quiverfull" imbeciles.

  • At 1:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well. I guess i have my work cut out for me, then.

    Come, husband! Let's talk demographics tonight!

    Just kidding. Whatever the intentions of the faithful, word is that the sperm count is down worldwide, and has been since about 1960. Maybe we've hit critical mass?


  • At 9:04 AM, Blogger Flimsy Sanity said…

    RJ and Anan,
    Then there is the theory that humans are getting more stupid because the intelligent have less children than the lower IQ's. I never knew about the sperm-count business - gives me a little ray of hope.


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