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Fearing God at the End of the World

But I’ve come to recognize the value of apprehension – because fear which is not squelched or pacified by the mental hocus pocus of pious devotion can be a great motivation for necessary change. Without the thought-stopping effect of 365 biblical “fear-nots,” these days, when I am afraid, I have no other option than to actually figure out: What is so terrifying? Why am I scared? What should be done to prevent my fears from materializing in reality? What do I need to do differently?

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The Natural Use of a Woman? Making Babies for God’s Army No Matter the Risk

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar pose with baby #19, who was born prematurely. Enlow/TLC.

A quick look beneath the surface reveals that America’s most celebrated Quiverfull couple believe and espouse decidedly unhealthy ideas when it comes to sex and babymaking.

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The Duggar Family Doesn’t Go to the Beach: Why That’s Bad for Their Kids

Michelle Duggar poses with her family in the hospital after delivering a baby.

By keeping her daughters out of the pool and off the beach, away from real women in bathing suits, what Michelle’s doing to her daughters is setting them up for a life of shame and self-hatred.

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The Barbie Syndrome: Interchangeable Fundamentalist Wives Easily Replaced by the New Model

In most of the online discussion of how dangerous Michelle Duggar playing maternal Russian roulette actually is no one seemed to hit upon my first thought, how quickly would Jim Bob replace her with a newer, younger, prettier model?

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My Life as a Daughter of Christian Patriarchy

Quiverfull family, The Bates

Deep within America, beyond your typical evangelicals and run of the mill fundamentalists, nurtured within the homeschool movement and growing by the day, are the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements. This is where I grew up.

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Tea Party Family Values and the World’s Greatest Freak Show

Grandma's got a beard and Uncle Stan is a charlatan — Aunt Betty's such a lunatic, she may as well have two heads.

Fundamentalist Christians are convinced that contemporary American society is the World’s Most Spectacular Display of hideously mutated, diseased and anomalous freaks.  ”Step right up folks!” the preacher yells, “and witness a grotesque parade of ho-mo-sex-uals, lesbians, Wiccans, radical feminists, godless liberals, secular humanists, and … (congregation gasps) Muslim extremists!”

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RH Reality Check Interviews: Kathryn Joyce, Author of Quiverfull

"Quiverfull" author Kathryn Joyce talks to RH Reality Check about demographic dreams, ideals of complementarianism, and the "brutalizing aspect of being constantly in submission to your husband or father."

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Roundup: FOCA a “Mythical Abortion Bill,” Says TIME

TIME calls FOCA a “mythical abortion bill;” possible heads of FDA on reproductive health; getting to the heart of Quiverfull; Tennessee considers legislation to monitor pregnant women; Oklahoma state panel votes on ban on sex-selective abortions; examining scope, impact of egg-as-person legislation.

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