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The Duggar family, former stars of TLC’s hit show “19 Kids and Counting,” are open about the large role that religion plays in their everyday lives.
According to In Touch Weekly, the Arkansas natives are Independent Baptists, which is considered to be an “exclusive” sect of Christianity.
But many fans are starting to speculate that the Duggars are actually part of a much “creepier” sect…D Dipasupil/Getty Images
People magazine reported that many of the Duggars’ beliefs and practices mirror those of the “Quiverfull movement,” which many consider to be a conservative patriarchal “cult.”
Quiverfull is a fundamentalist Christian sect that emphasizes the importance of married couples having many children, and gets its name from an Old Testament psalm that states, “Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.”
Cavan Concannon, assistant professor of religion at the University of Southern California, told People:
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“In the Quiverfull movement, your kids are blessings from God and they are also weapons in the culture war. Some people in the movement would say that part of having a lot of kids is an attempt to birth more conservative Christians in a world that doesn’t have enough of them.”
Quiverfull emphasizes that women are supposed to “submit” to their husbands and have sex with them “on demand,” according to former Quiverfull member Vyckie Garrison, People reported.
According to a 2015 report from Gawker, Michelle Duggar told her daughters, Jill and Jessa, something similar on “Today:”
“In your marriage there will be times you’re going to be very exhausted. Your hubby comes home after a hard day’s work, you get the baby to bed, and he is going to be looking forward to that time with you. Be available. Anyone can fix him lunch, but only one person can meet that physical need of love that he has, and you always need to be available when he calls.”
The Duggars are also known for their family’s strict dress code. The girls are expected to dress modestly and are only allowed to wear long skirts.
Families who practice Quiverfull allegedly adhere to similar ideologies and believe that women are responsible for “tempting” men with the way they dress.
The Duggars have rejected the claim that they are part of the Quiverfull sect, but fans have been suspicious for some time, according to In Touch. Some Twitter users wrote:
the duggar family and entire "quiverfull" cult movement are absolutely terrifying
— wynne (@wwyynne) August 5, 2017
Prolly one of those Quiverfull people with 20 kids. Like a Duggar
— Yo Mama (@ohthatsmymama) June 28, 2017
Fuck those Duggars and their quiverfull cult. #my600lblife
— Southern Muse (@MuseOfTheSouth) June 1, 2017
Right like FLDS child marriage. Or the Quiverfull Duggars covering up their son molesting his own sisters.
— JohnR (@AnglerArcher) June 12, 2017
If the Duggars are members of the Quiverfull “cult,” it seems unlikely that they’re going to speak out about it any time soon.
Looks like fans may be left in the dark for good…