Thursday, June 4, 2009
The "Full Quiver" Project
Extreme supporters of the Religious Right are moving farther to the right than ever before, and they want to take the country along with them.
A professor of Christian Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, whose name is Bruce Ware, is pushing their religious right agenda to the extremes. This person finds passages in the Bible to justify that God meant women to be submissive to men. It is within the same passage that states, children should honor their mother and fathers, and slaves should honor their masters etc.
This Southern Baptist Seminary now has some of the other ideas from their fundamentalist positions. This new teaching is being called "The Full Quiver Theology" and is based on Psalm 127: 3-5 which reads, "Children are a heritage of the Lord, the fruit of the womb, a reward. As arrows in a soldier's hand, so are the sons of the young. Blessed is the man who has filled his quiver with them."
The seminary's president, Albert Mohler, explained that under-population was a pressing concern. Couples who choose childlessness are guilty of "rebellion against parenthood that represents nothing less than an absolute revolt against God's design." God will decide whether to open or close the womb. Using birth control is an act against God's will. The truly Christian couple will allow God to decide whether each act of sex will result in procreation and sex will be returned to its proper place in a Christian's life. What part of this decision does the Christian woman have? None because she should submit, of course.
When asked about his position, President Mohler explained to the Chicago Tribune, "We are barely replenishing ourselves," he said. "That is going to cause huge social problems in the future."
Now the first alarm that should go off and one should ask themselves, “What did Mohler mean by "we." The world's population is expected to grow to 9 billion by 2050. The United States' population is expected to grow to 400 million by 2040. No under-population there.
There is one trend that President Mohler could be referring to is the influx of new Latino immigration and if the trend continues Euro-Americans will cease being the majority race in the United States by about 2050. Over the next half century, America will become a predominately non-white nation.
Is this religious call for “Full Quiver” theology a white-supremacy code language advocating for the increase of white babies?" Is the “huge social problems in the future” going to require the need for the “Full Quiver” of white arrows, “arrows in a soldier's hand,” to defend their religious views?
This really sounds a lot like the Adolf Hitler’s Nazi speech’s warning Germans of the threat from Jews during the 1920’s and the policies and laws that were enacted in the 1930’s.
Of course President Mohler and Professor Ware are backing up their contentions with plenty of Bible verses; which for some people means they are teaching the truth.
The sad part in all of this are the people that are buying into the “Full Quiver” message. They have to be so uneducated, unworldly, and unrefined that they could be convinced to think that Gazpacho was Pinocchio’s father.