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Apparently I was wrong about the Duggar family. I thought that they were simply batshit. But apparently they're batshit AND hyper religious. They apparently are adherents to the ideals of "Quiverfull" or natalism. Basically - the best and most meaningful means of worshipping god is to have children. That's why the Duggars have 17 children, all of them with names starting with "J". And the "J" name thing isn't so bad, really, but you end up running out of names and have to get "creative". The creativity of an extreme fundamentalist Arkansas wanna-be politician and his fecund wife isn't exactly overwhelming. Joshua, Janna, John, Hill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson Levi, Johanna Faith, and Jennifer Danielle. The youngest born just recently and the oldest 19 years old. I mean... Joy-Anna? Jinger? The male names are almost all biblical. That's just lazy naming if you ask me.

Now, if you were an immigrant living in the 1800s I could see having as many babies as possible. Their changes of survival weren't great and you needed to have someone to pass the family farm on to or take care of you when you were in your elderly years (your 40s) and close to death. I can look back through the genealogy book on my father's side and see that many of my ancestors (Irish catholics) had upwards of 10 children. And most of the time 5 or 6 of them survived childhood. It was so very common to have huge families and lose children before their teens.

I don't know. If they want to just keep spewing out children, I'm sure that's fine. They don't seem like bad people at all. I do think that his senate bid is a bit frightening because he doesn't strike me as the type of person who would understand that separation of church and state happens not only on a law-level but an internal level as well. The fact that he's running for government office at all calls into question how much about his own Christianity he understands. But then, he'll be in good company with all the other "Christians" in government.


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Aug. 13th, 2007 09:03 pm (UTC)
vagina: it's not a clown car:


she stops breastfeeding at 9months so she can get knocked up again. the adults don't do a lot of the kid raising themselves, it becomes the older girls responsibility. and they 'blanket train' which involves putting the small fry on a blanket and whacking it if it wanders off. although i suppose that mirrors how the rest of their lives will play out.
Aug. 13th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
a "blanket train" sounds like something that happens to naughty boot camp guys in the bunks at night.

Aug. 24th, 2007 04:09 am (UTC)
what the hell does this jackass do for a living?? I couldn't figger that part out...
Aug. 24th, 2007 02:06 pm (UTC)
He's a real estate agent. Which would explain how he got that big parcel of land and has been catching deals on all the internal components. They've been building their own home (like... they literally are doing the construction work themselves) for a couple of years. It has an industrial kitchen in it. The kind you'd find in an elementary school. They've also allowed for a few long episodic documentary-style shows to be filmed about them. So I'm sure that's helped with the cash flow.

In a lot of the articles they make a point of stating that the family lives "debt free". I guess to squash any idea that they might be on any type of public assistance or that their lifestyle is not economically sound.
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