Arranged Marriage Retreat Made Famous By The Duggars Banned By Salvation Army

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Fathers are marrying off their teenage daughters at a “Get Them Married” retreat in Wichita, Kansas! What is wrong with these people? Isn’t that called human trafficking? It gets even worse! The reason these loons have arranged marriages for girls is to procreate loads of  babies for Jesus! This is an unbelievable story that starts with a cult.

The patriarchal cult “Quiverfull” or QF/P was made famous by the reality TV Duggar family, and spreads across many different conservative religions, according to Raw Story.

The basic belief of the cult is that families that are truly godly will “trust the Lord” to plan their families, and children are the highest blessings. That translates into couples having as many children as possible, and that also means no artificial birth controls like the pill or IUDs. They aren’t even a natural birth control or abstinence-during-fertility group.

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They think that God will let them know how many kids to have. Never mind that more children can be expensive to the point of extreme hardship. This is considered the “Christian family renewal movement” or practicing “biblical family values.”

As we’ve seen in the Dugger family, the Quiverfull cult believes God works through the father, whose job is to serve as:

‘…protector, provider and shepherd for his wife and children. He is primarily responsible for the wife’s and children’s physical, emotional and spiritual well-being and with such responsibility comes the (divinely granted) commensurate authority over the members of his household.’

Then there is the wife, for whom:

‘Honor, obedience and submission are highly valued qualities because they are necessary to maintain order and work together to accomplish the Lord’s vision for a godly family.’

Quiverfull thinks the father should choose their kids’ spouse:

‘Typically, if a young man is interested in a particular girl, he will consult with his father who then approaches the father of the young lady to discuss the possibility of a potential match. If the girl’s father is in agreement, he will then talk to his daughter, and if she shows an interest, the courtship (or betrothal; which is as binding as marriage) begins and this basically means that the couple is serious about getting
married.’

The Quiverfull retreat for fathers eager to marry off their daughters was cancelled after the public became aware of it and contacted the Salvation Army. The reason that the nonprofit organization was contacted is that it owns the campground where this cult had decided to hold their bizarre retreat.

Leader of Quiverfull Vaughn Ohlman organized the “Get Them Married” retreat so that hyper-conservative Christian dads could check out the teen market. The underlying goal is to marry off their daughters young, so that they can create the ultimate number of babies for Jesus.

But there is no doubt that Ohlman is now on the hunt for another retreat location where these crazies can profit from the “Bride Price” of their young virgins.

Featured Image: Carnie Lewis via Flickr, Creative Commons License, with some editing.