Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Faith-based family planning

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Michelle Duggar, 39, just delivered her 16th child, and she's already thinking about doing it again. The baby's father, Jim Bob Duggar, 40, a former state representative, said Wednesday that mother and child were doing well. The count is now 10 boys and 6 girls. They both want more children.

"We both just love children and we consider each a blessing from the Lord. I have asked Michelle if she wants more and she said yes, if the Lord wants to give us some she will accept them," he said in a telephone interview. All the children are home schooled.

The Discovery Health Channel filmed Johannah's birth and plans to air a show about the family in May. They also have a website. The Lord is apparently also in favor of publicity and self-promotion.

A memorable story from Mom:

"It was 1:00 AM in the morning as I stood folding laundry with tears streaming down my cheeks. Feelings of being overwhelmed flooded my mind. I cried aloud, ”LORD I NEED YOUR HELP, I can’t do it all! I feel so inadequate! Diapers, dishes, laundry, meals, cleanup, school lessons, baths, hugs, kisses, correction…” My list seemed to go on and on. Then it was as if a still small voice said, ”Michelle, it’s easy to praise ME when things are going good, but are you willing to praise ME now?” Immediately the scripture that says, “Offer up a sacrifice of praise”, came to mind. I said, “OK Lord, I will praise you even now! It really is a sacrifice!” So through the tears I began to sing, “The joy of the Lord is my strength”. In my heart there was a release as if a burden had been lifted. I finished the laundry at 2 AM and went to bed."

And from Dad:

"When Michelle and I first married, we thought we might have one or two children. Four years into to marriage, we had our first child. After that, Michelle went back on the birth control pill. She ended up getting pregnant while on the pill and had a miscarriage. We were so grieved. We did not know that sometimes the pill allows you to get pregnant but then causes a miscarriage. We thought we could set our own timetable for having children, for example- when we were ‘financially able,’ or when we ‘had all our ducks in a row.’ We read in the Bible that God says that children are a blessing and a reward from Him (Psalms 127:1-5). We had been rejecting His gifts. At that point, we prayed and asked God to forgive us and we gave Him this area of our lives."

Their children include two sets of twins, and each child has a name beginning with the letter "J": Joshua, 17; John David, 15; Janna, 15; Jill, 14; Jessa, 12; Jinger, 11; Joseph, 10; Josiah, 9; Joy-Anna, 8; Jeremiah, 6; Jedidiah, 6; Jason, 5; James, 4; Justin, 2; Jackson Levi, 1; and now Johannah.

Jim Bob Duggar, who sells real estate, previously lost his bid for the U.S. Senate. The U.S. SENATE! He said he expects to run for the state Senate next year but isn't ready to make a formal announcement.

The Lord apparently was Duggar's silent partner in a few lucrative real estate deals and a biblical financial freedom guru whom Duggar promotes on his website says Romans 13:8 "owe no man anything but love" argues against debt of any kind. Since Cheney thinks deficits don't matter he must have a different version of the good book.

The new Republican agenda? No birth control and no schools? How about no science, no independent judiciary, no checks and balances, no right to privacy, no taxes, no disaster assistance, no health care for children, no clean air, no environmental protection, no endangered species list, no liability for gun manufacturers, no bankruptcy protection for average people and no social security. It's truly the party of "No."


Blogger Martwork said...

In honor of the birth of the newest Duggar baby, Discovery Health Channel will host an encore presentation of its special program, 14 CHILDREN AND PREGNANT AGAIN! on Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The show includes all new Duggar family footage.

Check out this strange yet riveting show. I saw it with the end being the birth of baby #15. There are a lot of these extreme people out there--and not just in the Duggar household.

Television Without Pity also has a 235 page thread on this show. The first poster described it as both compelling and repelling! Check it out here: http://forums.televisionwithoutpity.com/index.php?s=d90a671ef68b61519b45c4723af5df55&showtopic=3120234&st=0

11:12 AM  
Blogger Martwork said...

Oops! Television Without Pity is here

11:14 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Liability for gun manufacturers? What about liability for arrow manufacturers and maybe we should sue Ginsu too? What about liability for SUV Manufacturers and boat manufacturers and what the hell - since young men kill more people than anyone else - sue mothers! I want to sue everyone.

Know a lawyer?

1:55 PM  
Blogger Crankyboy said...

Fine. How about everyone can be held liable for laws they break instead of giving blanket immunity to gun manufacturers.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Sounds like a plan, but you know, guns don't kill people; bullets kill people - but only when they are moving very fast, so it's Newton's fault for inventing F=MA. Sue the bastard!

3:10 PM  
Blogger Crankyboy said...

According to you the missing link is responsible for everything since "but for" it nothing else could have happened. Brilliant. Hope you are as generous with avoiding responsibility when your satellite tv goes out. That's ok it's actually Sputnik's fault.

5:24 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

You lost me somewhere right after the missing link part. So now you want to sue Australopithecus Afarensis? What the hell did he do?

10:21 PM  
Blogger Crankyboy said...

Well if guns don't kill people, and bullets don't kill people, but people kill people, you could keep going back to the point where the missing link is responsible for everything or in your words, the missing link is responsible for the killings today.

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Mr. Ebert said...

Cranky Boy, you need to cool your jets a little. Consider the other side of the issues your are talking about. And work in a way that will encourage cooperation--rants only make people angry.

Taking the example of one family who chose not to use birth control as representative of the entire Republican (or any!) party is just silly.

Home school is an alternative form of education. These people don't advocate the destruction of all schools--they just want to have the choice to learn at home if they choose. It has been statistically shown many, many times that home schoolers often perform better than students using other methods of education. They're even reducing the burden on our overcrowded, underfunded public schools. Leave them alone.

I think it's interesting that when it comes to your "no science" issue, you also fail to realize that there is often no science in the science class room, either. Classes are jammed with ecological awareness that relies on emotional pleas to save the fuzzy animals instead of any real science.

It has been postulated that the theory of evolution as it currently stands is ridiculous because of the sheer improbability of life developing and changing at the rate it has due to random mutations. Besides being a questionable theory, there aren't ANY alternative ideas presented. It doesn't even have to be "Intelligent Design" presented, just something in addition to a theory that is weak.

No liability for gun manufacturers? Sounds good. Guns themselves aren't what's killing people. Guns aren't inherently evil. It's the people using them to kill people who are evil. They should be the ones to bear the full responsibility of their actions.

Bankruptcy protection encourages irresponsibility--"Oh, I won't be able to pay my debts, I guess I'll just go for bankruptcy."

While we're at it, let's discuss what the liberal factions of this country would do. Let's socialize everything! Gay, free, unmarried love for all! Get pregnant, it won't matter, just have an abortion! Let's protect animals using funds that could be used for starving people!

I know, I know, not all liberals are really like that. And those issues aren't black and white, either. But your characterization of Republican, conservative groups sounds about as out of touch and fanatic. Cool down your rhetoric a little--statements like the ones you ended your post with will only make people mad. They won't actually solve any problems.

2:08 AM  

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