Quiverfull (Or Every Sperm is Sacred)

Congratulations to the Duggars. Most people know the Duggars as the family where the wife’s vagina spits out babies faster than a baseball player spitting out tobacco juice. They’re currently working on #17.

TONTITOWN, AR – The Duggars are once again pulling out the pink ruffles and lace as they prepare for the birth of baby #17.

Michelle Duggar says the whole family is excited about the arrival of the baby girl they will name Jennifer Danielle, keeping with the family tradition of giving the child a name that begins with J.

Jennifer Danielle is due July 27.

Duggar, who is 40, says she’s doing fine with her latest pregnancy. Although she has gotten older since she had her first child at age 21, she says she still has plenty of energy and only minor aches and pains.

So why do the Duggars have so many kids? To answer this we need to look at Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life and the song Every Sperm is Sacred.

The Duggars believe in a christian fundamentalist movement called Quiverfull, which means that the only birth control they believe in is the discretion of the invisible magical mystery man in the sky:

Quiverfull is an approximately 20 year-old movement among conservative evangelical Protestant Christian couples chiefly in the United States, but with some adherents in Canada,[1] and with claims of adherent also in Australia, New Zealand, England, and elsewhere.[2] Its distinguishing viewpoint is to eagerly receive children as blessings from God,[2][3][4][5] eschewing all forms of contraception, including natural family planning and sterilization.

Quiverfull adherents maintain that God “opens and closes the womb” of a woman on a case-by-case basis, and that attempts to regulate fertility are a subjugation of divine power. Thus, the key practice of a Quiverfull married couple is to not use any form of birth control and to maintain continual “openness to children”, to the possibility of conception, during routine sexual intercourse irrespective of timing of the month during the ovulation cycle. This is considered by Quiverfull adherents to be a principle if not the primary aspect of their Christian calling in submission to the lordship of Christ.

And here’s a group that calls themselves the Quiverfull Ministry:

We call our ministry Quiverfull because we truly believe in the above! We believe that God is the best birth controller, and we are willing to accept as many or as few children as He sees fit to bless us with. God has called us to this ministry and lives have been changed as a result of us sharing His truth with others. It is our prayer that this site will be used by Him to shed the truth of the blessing of children to many.

So another words, Magic man done it.


  1. As if we didn’t have a population problem before… Why can’t these people just adopt kids instead? Seriously, I’m sure that’d make their god even happier. Doing good deeds and such.

  2. Now is “Quiverfull” a description of the number of children or the resulting shape of the woman’s vagina?

    /”Like sleeve of wizard”.

  3. I wish to God you were making this up. But to be a real prick about it, as long as they’re not collecting food stamps and other social services to support their religious “belief”, more power to ’em…I guess.

  4. I suppose how many kids a couple decides to have is their owm business…And this family seems to be fairly well off, so at least they can afford to have so man kids…However basing your choice on religion is somewhat faulty. When God “said” to be fruitful and multiply, infant mortality rate was extremely high. You’d be lucky if any of your kids survived into adulthood, which is obviously not the case anymore.

  5. Not collecting food stamps? Well, they’re collecting SOMETHING, I’ll tell you that for sure — how else is he going to support 17 children?

    Frank Sinatra could have supported 17 children. The average American — and the average member of a crackpot religious cult — cannot.

    Besides, while being an only child is probably not the optimal way to grow up, having a dozen siblings means you’re gonna get a little lost in the crowd, you know… That’s not a family — that’s a cult. Oh hang on, they’re already a cult…

  6. If these kids are all taken care of and not running the streets hungry, then who cares? I honestly don’t understand this hatred of other people’s convictions. Other than those constant rants, this is a great site.

  7. Studies of different nations and economies show that the average birthrate goes down when infant mortality is reduced, no matter what kind of birth control is available. Most people know their limits, and take into account whats best for the family. I can’t see this becoming all that popular.

  8. “I honestly don’t understand this hatred of other people’s convictions.”

    I honestly don’t understand how the religious — and their apologists — always label any opinion critical of their sacred, irrational “faith” as hatred.

    Oh hang on — I do. It’s called hypocrisy.

  9. I’ve been wondering what their deal is after seeing them on TV. I also want to know what the deal is with the dressing, the girls all wear those awful jumpers. Or is that cause the mom just likes that style (along with the 80s bangs!)

    As much as I think these people should stop soon (and perhaps should have stopped a while ago), they do seem to love their kids very much and provide for them, so to each his own I guess…

  10. I defend the right of people to have children (and breathe, and eat, and have sex…), but there is such a thing as overdoing it. When I see these people on TV, I actually think about the morbidly fat people they profile on TV programs sometimes. The difference is that none of those fat people claim a religious excuse for their excesses.

    Funny thing is that these very same religious people would likely condemn the fat people for gluttony. There’s not really a word for the sin of having too many children.

  11. goofy girl said,
    I also want to know what the deal is with the dressing, the girls all wear those awful jumpers.

    Mom obviously likes those styles, and if you recall the program, she makes all the clothes. (Well, probably not the shoes. 🙂 It’s all
    probably from the same bolt of cloth.

    I’m quite impressed with their frugalness and organization, which was one of the points of the TV program. However, there’s LOTS of money someplace, there. Did you see that RV they have, and the size of the house they built?

  12. 1. I happen to have what we call a” Wacky” Jesus brother-in-law who explained to me once the long dresses and hair are to show “modesty”, kinda like a Christian burqa-without the cool little window to peek through.
    2. I really want to know if by the 17th child, that baby just crawls out.
    3. I feel like this kind of living is like starting your own cult.
    4. Those older daughters are each assigned a smaller sibling to be responsible for. Welcome to assigned motherhood at 10yrs old.
    5. I agree with Debbe: better them than me.

  13. I think it’s wonderful! Of course the people of this world cannot wrap their minds around the idea of having this many children. It’s odd, it’s weird, it’s just not normal to you all. How sad that society has had such a negative influence on us concerning children. Many say the Duggars are selfish and irresponsible and all kinds of childish names. Well you know what? Look at that family? At least they are together…they are doing their best to serve the Lord, doing their best to raise the family according to the Word of God. Many people don’t believe in God so they have no concept of why Christians do the things they do. Christians live according to the Word of God, not according to some standard the world has or what’s “right” by the ways of the world. What’s normal for society now is for teegage girls to get abortions and not telling their parents, that’s considered okay, but when someone chooses life over birth control and abortion, they are considered out cast. How backwards. Adoption is
    expensive…seriously…what’s up with that? I bet many families would adopt 2 or 3 children if the price wasnt so high..know what I mean? How many children have you folks adopted???With the econonmy as it is now, many people can’t even afford gas in their cars let alone adoption.
    So, what, they dress differently. Well the Bible does say to come out from among the world and be seperate. Thank God we don’t have to see their daughters paraded around like a hoochie in hip hugging jeans and tank top with belly fat hanging out. That’s normal for you guys but when a family dresses modestly that’s considered abnormal and wrong and wacky. Their bodies are the temple of the Lord Jesus Christ and they aren’t going to mock and criticize Him. Thank God!

  14. Upon further reflection, aren’t Christians supposed to hate sex, thereby preventing any Christians from having too many kids? I think these Quiverfull need to make some sort of compromise in their lifestyle: either have sex a lot and use contraceptives, or don’t use contraceptives but don’t have sex often.
    I saw them on tv, and another thing that highly disturbed me was the fact that they were all homeschooled. The mother may be a great teacher, but wouldn’t it be better for those kids to socialize with people in the outside world? I was picked on relentlessly in school, and even I think going to school is an important experience…at least in my case it taught me that a lot of people are jerks. How else would I have learned that if I was with my family all the time?

    1. Home schooling is not the most disturbing thing about quiverfulls. Its that they believe they can change America through sheer demographics. They are not children to them they are a means to dominate America and change everyone to their side

  15. For your information Eel Feather (too bad you can’t use your real name,) I am not super-religeous. I like to think of myself as more spiritual than the fire-and-brimstone kind of person. In fact, I too can not stand these so-called right wing phonies who hide behind religion to justify anything they do, never mind the fact that the majority of them like to push thier beliefs down our throats. But, if you don’t agree with someone’s beliefs, and if they are not hurting you or anyone else for that matter, then why do folks like you feel a need to put them down and make fun of them? What have they done to you? If they are trying to push thier beliefs on you, then that’s one thing. But, I do think the word “hatred” does apply in some cases. For goodness sakes man, let it be and get a life.

  16. I’m surprised theres still enough tread on the tire to get the job done…I would think it would be like throwing a hot dog down a hallway…

  17. For goodness sakes man, let it be and get a life.

    — Don

    Ahwahaha, still insisting on labeling something hatred, that is clearly not so; harping on about an issue, while going “let it be and get a life” — the sweet stench of blinkered, bullheaded, idiot hypocrisy.

  18. It’s no joke, these people will eventually take over… we liberals just aren’t breeding as fast as they are, do the math. Sorry to be a downer.

    Also and p.s., I’m a little disappointed in all the degrading references to Frau Duggar’s prolific vagina. It does seem more than a little sexist…. why focus on her role; why not talk about his indiscriminately-spewing roll? Maybe it is like throwing a hot dog down a hallway, but maybe the guy’s swinging some major pipe and is more fertile than any of you(r) schmucks…

    or not. I dunno, sorry, it just feels like a bit of a frat boy scene here… how about really talking about the idea rather than making snide and demeaning comments…?

    cynical-c, I am a fan, I agree with you politically and philisophically, I think you are great. This is not a critique of you or your post, just some of the dumber comments.

    yours truly,

  19. “how about really talking about the idea rather than making snide and demeaning comments…?”

    All right, slothy, so you want to talk about the idea? What about the idea? You haven’t said a word as to what you want to discuss, rather you’re just commenting on other peoples comments, complaining that no one is discussing the issue while doing little to nothing to add to the discussion to actually get what you want out of it.
    This breeding habit is exceptionally rare in humans and apes in general. A chimp only has about 5 or 6 offspring in its lifetime and the average American has only… what? 2.5? Are you planning on having 17+?(I really doubt they’re stopping at 17) Are you suggesting that others adopt this breeding habit? Are you talking about possible political motivation for having this many children (stuffing the ballot box the hard way)? Are you suggesting that we all have 20+ children then unleash lions, tigers and cloned tyrannosaurs into the streets and wilds of America to eat them as they sit around their campfires singing kumbaya ushering in a new era of natural selection for mankind? (If so, bravo. Brings a whole new meaning to “Quiverfull” when survival is hit or miss.)
    As for snide and demeaning comments, that’s what the internet is for. Slandering one another anonymously.

  20. VHEMT has some very good, if a little blunt, insights into the usual reasons to breed, under the heading ‘Why Breed?’ on this page.

    (While I don’t agree with their goal, it’s only a disagreement on when to stop.)

  21. My Grandfather came from a family of 17, but then they lived on a large farm . It was quite common to have those kind of families in the early 1900’s. Well, farmers did anyway.

  22. Jimmy, it’s just that this post seemed to bring out the misogyny in some people. She gets the blame and the ridicule, he gets off (literally) easy.

  23. You are an anti-white racist, probably a pro-war pro-torutre zionist jew.

    No body says anything when it’s a black or meztizo, or Orthodox Jewish family. I don’t say anything.

    I don’t even use the “black welfare mothers are abusing the system” canard, used by the likes of Israel-servile republicans. If anyone can use the system to their advantage, use it! A poor man who recognizes and acts on his ONLY biological imperative is infinitely smarter than the college educated barren ‘tween’ or ‘metrosexual’.

    In failure of violent conflict. All familes, races, genetic lines, are in a constant breeding war. And white-American non-jews, the torchbarers of ’76 are rapidly losing, as they go democracy goes. That’s why we are witnessing Bush’s jewish totaltarian state.

  24. How does Al Zarwah-Wiskey’s IP addy compare to whatshisname — Paul, Northern Irish South American name person — that other nutter? If it equates — boring. If it doesn’t — cool: this blog is attractive. Not to the right kinda people, but still…

  25. The Duggars do annoy me more than other quiver full families. Probably because they are pimping their lifestyle on TV for money and publicity. It bugs me. I admit it fully. Especially when you throw in their tax-exempt status. (I really do need to start worshiping Mighty Mouse and form my own home-based church so I too, can enjoy this little benefit) It just sickens me. They pimp themselves to a world that they don’t even approve of. How much more hypocritical can someone get?

    I don’t have a problem with the stereotypical gender roles that they adhere to. I don’t even have a problem with the Little House on the Prairie wardrobe. I have a problem with a group of hypocrites who are pimping themselves on national TV…not only for the money because it is individual people’s choice to watch the show or not, and if people don’t want to watch, then they wouldn’t be on, but also the whole political aspirations of Jim Bob being furthered by this. So, it’s okay to appeal to the outside world of which they don’t approve, as long as it furthers their crazy aspirations? Either stick to the lifestyle and live it, or admit that they are a bunch of hypocrites. Other quiver full families don’t attempt to mainstream themselves. They know it’s their personal choice, don’t seek public approval, and just continue on.

    And I really have a problem with children raising children and taking care of the household, while mom sits on her tush cranking out the next one. I get no impression that Michelle is a hands on mother after those children hit 3mos. old. Once they hit that age she hands them off and starts working on the next one. It’s sick. The human body wasn’t made to handle it either. She’ll be dead by the time she’s 50, and her uterus will be gone long before then. It isn’t healthy, nor something to aspire to.

  26. This couple are child abusers plain and simple. The state should get involved, take away the kids, put them in counseling and then into public schools when they are ready, and order Mr. Duggar to report to jail until he gets a vasectomy.

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