Quiverfull is a relatively small movement in Christianity that adheres to one main premise: have as many children as God tells you to have. They started as all things religious and strange usually start–with a few scriptures a man wrote about a woman’s place in society. As you’d probably guess: birth control is a no-go and abortion: an absolute NOT GONNA HAPPEN–not a huge surprise. What’s weird is that those called by God to have tons of children have the same characteristics: wealthy and white. These same kind of Fundies always complain about a “mother of three” (whom they never know personally), who keeps, “Poppin’ ’em out for government money.”
She has a right to fulfill God’s command just as much as them, except she can’t afford it. Certainly God’s rules come before Mans’. All women should be able to have as many kids as God wants despite income. So when asked, “Why have that many kids if you can’t afford them?” I love pointing out that Jesus was born in a manger, not a mansion, but that doesn’t begin to scrap the ice on what the Bible says about poverty.
Some Christians have even told me that these “government milking women” should be castrated, cut off after so many. Besides that being disturbing in-and-of-itself–that’s birth control–doesn’t exactly fit the pro-life agenda. Then you whine about reliance on the government while simultaneously telling women to quit their jobs so they can take care of the kids. What more have these women done other than fulfill what God says is expected of them?
The worst part about this particular hypocrisy is that the massive tax break for having more kids than necessary is relatively the same as a woman collecting welfare or anything else–it’s all money from the government.