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    • Jesse Loren

    • June 10, 2015 in Columnists

    A Quiverfull of sperm

    The Quiverfull movement is not an extreme form of Christian Fundamentalism based on Jesus – it’s a Sperm Cult. First, the Quiverfulls are based on massive reproduction and patriarchy. They eschew birth control and family planning. This cult is all about spreading the baby batter, and it’s mainly based on two Old Testament quotations.

    On the one hand, the cult focuses on the women’s reproductive machinery being used at constant and maximum capacity. The woman’s role is as concubine, cleaning lady, home schooler and domestically subservient sperm receiver. She is the ultimate, “Make me a sammmich, bitch” partner with eyes lowered and gingham starched. On the other hand, it’s all about male power.

    The men are kings of their households. Rule makers. Enforcers. Baby batter spreaders. The man’s job is first not to spill his seed except into a vagina. This is really important in a sperm cult.

    Like Onan from the book of Genesis, a man mustn’t spill his seed except to procreate. No pulling out, or God will smite you. No self-pleasure either.

    The sperm cult would have you believe that every sperm is sacred, based on God smiting Onan, but it isn’t that simple.

    Onan’s brother Er was smitten by God. After the Lord smote Er, Onan was then told to impregnate Er’s wife.

    The Old Testament is full of stories where people don’t follow the linear letter of the law, and God, being vengeful, kills them. Onan might not have wanted to poke his brother’s wife. He didn’t follow directions, so he was slain. Instead of feeding into the big bad sperm tale, a direct reading of the story shows that god slew Onan for not following directions.

    This is a Sperm Cult and not Christianity. This cult doesn’t focus on Jesus.

    Remember Jesus?

    Thank God we have the New Testament based on love and acceptance. Thank God that Jesus came to make a new covenant and to teach people to care for the sick, the poor and to care for widows, not fuck them.

    The Sperm Cult is also deeply rooted in another Old Testament section from Psalms. It isn’t the most poetic of passages, but it sure does wax poetic about natalism. Psalm 127: 3-5:

    “3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
    4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
    5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.”

    Written several thousand years ago, in an age where children didn’t live long, having many children was remarkable. It makes no sense today. Our planet is not an underpopulated place with abundant resources. This passage has been taken to mean that men should have unabated offspring. Additionally, the “quiver” imagery is martial. Having a quiver full of sperm and children ensures this cult forms its own little sperm army.

    Girl babies of the quiver are made to be domestic sperm receivers just like mom. Boys are made to have all authority and power to dominate their future wives and continue the Sperm Cult. The boys must think about sex all day — all that sex they’re going to have later, as soon as they get themselves a volunteer. It should come as no surprise that sons will prey upon sisters and, being male, they will be blameless.

    For the record, Jesus never said to prey upon your sisters. Jesus never said that if you sexually stimulate your sister, your parents can cover it up and evade the law. Cults often have their own rules outside of the law and these rules keep their cult nature protected.

    Is it any wonder that basing a cult on a narrow reading of a few Old Testament passages allows this cult to ignore the modern world of science and human rights, and instead return to the old world of incest, molestation, shame and silence.

    Shame on them. And shame on them for doing it in the name of Jesus.

      • Madgew

      • June 10, 2015 at 8:04 am
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      Love this.

      • Sivan Butler-Rotholz

      • June 10, 2015 at 10:15 am
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      So many interesting things here, Jesse! First, Onan and Er will be appearing in my forthcoming novel. So be on the lookout! 🙂 While I agree with your readings of the Hebrew Bible vs. New Testament to a degree, one must remember that, historically, they don’t have that much to do with one another. One is really the book of the Hebrews/Israelites, and the other of the Christians. Jesus was one of those two things and not the other, BTW, and not the one most people think he was. Of course, you’re Jewish, so you know this. Funny that, as a Jew, you’re so into Jesus. I, too, think Jesus was a totally righteous dude, and that if the world lived by (most of) his teachings it would be a much more peaceful and wonderful (and Socialist!) place. That being said, even the New Testament has plenty to scoff at and not to live by. (Punishment for female adultery was public stoning, for instance.) All of this is beside the point, you just made me think about all of these things. To come back to your article, I wonder about the cult itself. This is the first I’m hearing of them. In a way I am reminded of The Handmaid’s Tale.

    • Sivan, Bravo. Yes, to repeat Bill Mar, The Old Testament is not their book! Yet, evangelicals cherry pick parts of the Old Testament (OT) to support their bigotry. The Quiverfull Movement produced Josh Duggar. The movement believes happiness and fulfillment come from this patriarchal, sperm-centric beliefs. Many of these families have incest and molestation that they cover up. Many believe the male can simply be forgiven and the females, even children are somehow ignored and not protected.

      I’m not really into Jesus, but I am in to some of the readings of the New Testament. Sure it has stoning and women as subservient beings in it, but the actual message of the Jesus figure is love and acceptance. Jesus didn’t gay bash. He didn’t have a message of hate. Later, in the gospels, Paul has religious opinion ascribed to Jesus, but it seems more of a cultural expression. It certainly isn’t meant to be literal.

      The Duggar Family is held to a standard of being “Christian”, but they are something else. They follow an old testament script of patriarchy, subservience and natalism which is anachronistic.

      I think the evangelicals should play a game of “One of these things is not like the other” so they can get their stories straight.

    • Definitely a sperm cult. Hadn’t thought of that until I read this.

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