A Non-Newtonian Fluid (maddening) wrote,
A Non-Newtonian Fluid

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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