Congratulations, Duggar family! The Lord has blessed you with yet another child. This time, Jim and Michelle Duggar will be watching from the sidelines, as their firstborn has done the procreation and will welcome his own child into the Quiverfull movement. In an America where gay parents cannot adopt in many states, where any minority family that had 18 kids (or even 1/3 of that) would be loudly decried as leeches on society, thank God that we have the Duggars to celebrate and obsess over.
If you’re not familiar with the family, Jim and Michelle have eighteen children, born between 1988 and 2008, and all with names beginning with J. (Somehow missing from the pack are Jesus, Judas, Julius Caesar, Jorge, Jo-Mama, Jedi-Knight, and Jezebel. We hope this situation will be rectified, since they are all infinitely better names than “Jinger.”) They have a reality TV show, and the births of their last four children have been taped for Discovery Health Network and The Learning Channel. What did these instructional programs teach me? That I will never have eighteen children. But I am not part of the Quiverfull movement, that school of Protestantism that is based on the Biblical quote, “As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them. Quiverfull adherents believe that their children are the weapons to combat secularism and the rise of other faiths such as Islam. Hence why the Duggars’ official website proclaims that the family’s “desire is to make Christ known and for others to see that the Bible is the owner’s manual for life.” And to make sure that every woman knows that this interpretation of fertility is the owner’s manual for their wombs.
Plenty of women around the world have a “quiverfull” of children not because it is part of their religious doctrine or their plans but they have no access to family planning measures. The Duggars’ official website proudly states that, “As a family project the Duggars built a 7000 sq. ft. home debt free!” That’s wonderful for them, and if only they would share some of that wealth with those who don’t have the same resources. Oh, who am I kidding? I’m sure the gifts will pour in for grandbaby Duggar soon enough, and all those less deserving families will just have to shut up.