Saturday, March 14, 2009

"I don't think you can get equality out of the Bible."

Today in Salon, Kathryn Joyce shares the story of Vykie Garrison, a former Quiverfull devotee, who left the movement after suffering abuse and exhaustion.
For Garrison, taking the Bible seriously is synonymous with the punishing claims of the Quiverfull movement. But having lost her faith in the Bible-proofed patriarchy principles she was taught, Garrison is unable to accept any of it anymore. "I don't think you can get equality out of the Bible. You can't get away from hierarchy, strictly defined roles for gender, authoritarianism, submission, dominating." Many believers might take issue with that, but to devout believers of Quiverfull, patriarchy is simply "the logical conclusion of what Scripture teaches," Garrison says.

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