The Duggar family is growing. And I’m not happy about it, because I’m afraid it’s yet another child being exposed to the abusive world of Bill Gothard’s cult. The Duggars recently announced that they are expecting their 20th child sometime next year, and the Internet has exploded with articles and posts. Either people denounced how… Read more »
I may have linked to this in the past, but because more and more I’ve been encountering people insisting that Michelle’s version of blanket training doesn’t involve corporal punishment, I’m linking to it again.
Before they were on TLC, Michelle Duggar was part of an online group, where she advocated using rulers for blanket training. Someone on the FreeJinger forums spoke of her experience.
Years ago, must have been 8 or so, I belonged to a forum called CMOMB (Christian Moms Of Many Blessings). This was before the TLC show, but Michelle was already a well known figure amongst the QFers. She came and did a guest chat and one of the things she talked about was blanket training. She used flexible rulers and talked about luring the baby off of the blanket and then swatting them with the ruler when they took the bait . The purpose was so that mom could visit with friends, have a phone conversation or go visiting and baby would stay put and quiet . After that chat flexible rulers were the thing, but at that time they weren’t at every office supply and warehouse store, so there were lots of posts like “I found them at XYZ for $1.25, how many do you want me to pick up?!” When the TLC specials started airing and the interest in just how exactly they blanket trained babies was heating up I went to try to find a copy of the chat. I found it, but everything about spanking/hitting kids was deleted, as was any reference to Michelle in the flexible ruler threads. They circled the wagons around Michelle pretty fast.
As Christmas approaches, I’d like to remind my fellow Christians who need the reminder: Please embrace nuance. Realize that precisely because folks vary even among those in your own denomination is exactly why we should mind our own business when it comes to our faith.
We watched a clip of Jesus camp in my anthropology of religion class and omg. I don't know what was worse, that one kid's rat tail or the brainwashing.
Ha! It’s pretty close, but in the end I’d give it to that kid’s rattail. The girls were at least somewhat cute, but that boy was the most horrid, obnoxious child. Though when you saw his parents it all made sense.
Since it turns out Jesus Camp is captioned (albeit crappily; do they think the hearing-impaired can’t see, either? They can only fit like two words per frame because the text is so enormous), is there a particular review format people prefer?
Throughout the 1980s, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) — now infamous for its work on behalf of “stand your ground” laws and restrictions on voting rights — was instrumental in pushing anti-gay policies throughout the country, according to documents recently uncovered by People For the American Way and the Center For Media and Democracy.
A 1985 policy memo entitled “Homosexuals: Just Another Minority Group” sums up ALEC’s anti-gay policy positions and the false claims and outrageous stereotypes on which they were based. ALEC disseminated the memo to its public sector members, arguing that the “homosexual movement has had an impact too great and far reaching for Americans to ignore.”
Through the policy memo and its monthly newsletters, ALEC tracked local, state and federal legislation and provided its members with “research” to help them prevent advances in gay rights. However ALEC of course did not view these rights as rights; instead, ALEC asserted that the gay community was organizing “to achieve the privileges it thinks it deserves.”
So what “privileges” exactly were gay people demanding that infuriated ALEC so much? To name a few, the “privilege” to not be physically assaulted for being gay; the “privilege” of not being incarcerated for being gay; the “privilege” of not being barred from employment opportunities, housing and public accommodations for being gay; the “privilege” to dress as they liked; or the “privilege” of not being compiled into state directories to be blacklisted and discriminated against.
In order to counter the gay rights movement, ALEC argued in “Homosexuals: Just Another Minority Group,” one had to understand first that gay people were corrupted beings, since “the homosexual makes the conscious choice to pursue members of his or her own sex.” The answer therefore did not lie with treating gay people fairly, but instead with providing them psychotherapy or by having them join the Christian faith. “The evidence is too great to deny it,” the memo stated.
ALEC classified all gay people into six categories: “the blatant, the secret lifer, the desperate, the adjusted, the bisexual and the situational.” The “blatant” gay person was “obvious and ‘limp-wristed’”; the “adjusted” would “try to conduct a ‘conventional’ gay marriage”; and so on. Yet no matter what category a gay person fell into, ALEC argued, the most dominant practice within “the homosexual world is pedophilia, the fetish for young children.” This tendency, the group claimed, was the product of the fact that “the homosexual cannot reproduce themselves biologically, so they must recruit the young.”
ALEC lamented that the federal government funded AIDS research and allocated tax money to countering the AIDS epidemic. The group discouraged states from passing anti-discrimination laws because, according to one ALEC newsletter from April 1984, such legislation “might jeopardize public health in restaurants, dental offices, and other areas because of the communicable disease AIDS.” ALEC claimed that under the Carter administration, in addition to funding AIDS research, “the federal government had been active in directly funding the homosexual movement” by approving federal grants to organizations that served gay communities. [read more]
This really comes at no surprise given ALEC’s activities in the past few years. The bit about lamenting AIDS research is particularly despicable.
wonderfullywicked said: I’m kind of weirded out by the sign over her bassinet thing…”I had a bath today, smell me!”?
I noticed that too! I can’t stop picturing people just wandering through the hospital, seeing that sign, shrugging and being like “well, okay…” I mean, I guess it’s cute - they have one that says “my Mommy held me today!” or something; I guess they’re meant to celebrate the little milestones in the NICU or something, but…still weird.
porshyen said: I think I am caught on the phrase “grows up and leaves” as if that is the best part? I thought the Fundies were all about children being fruit of the lord and that each one is a blessing? Or is that only when they’re babies?
Right?! God forbid Mack, Mikey, MAD or a future M’Duggar has a disability and is unable to live independently. Are they no longer a blessing?
Regarding the Duggars paying taxes on their house, I looked on the county website and they do pay property taxes. I work in property tax and it's not that easy to be tax exempt. Not even JimBoob can work his way around that.
Good to hear the final word on this :) That rumor’s been flying around for years. (I have no doubt though that if JimBob could get away with it, he would.)