The main limelight of this blog has been naturally stolen by the bigger religions that hold also earthly positions of power and can influence the fate of whole nations, but naturally there is a tremendous undergrowth of smaller religious outfits. They do have often even more odd and weird systems of belief than the more established and older forms of religion.
United States of America is naturally the number one in this respect, as the fiercely independent American’s are very prone to roll up even their own religions to suit their by European standards often odd tastes.
One of American smaller cults gaining notoriety recently is the Quiverfull movement. It's followers believe that the main reason for a woman’s existence is to breed more little quiverfullers to the world.
This sect is wholeheartedly against all forms of contraception and so many of its followers have families tha extent beyond all reason. In this they are very much like the Laestadianism that is rampant in Finland.
It has already been calculated that it is certain that this movement of less than 200 000 followers will inevitably eventually became the majority religion in Finland at some date. This in inevitable when others are having 2-3 children, but laestadians 10-12. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laestadianism
Similarly Muslims will inevitably be at some point of history the majority in most european countries because of their extremely large families, if the European concepts of the core family do not take hold among them any time soon.
The recent story in Slate is called:
All God's children
The whole story is here:
"The Quiverfull movement saddles women with a life of submission and near-constant pregnancies. One mother explains how she embraced the extreme Christian lifestyle -- and why she left.
By Kathryn Joyce
March 14, 2009 | Vyckie Garrison wasn't sure she wanted to use her real name in this article. Until last year, Garrison (then Vyckie Bennett), a 43-year-old single mother of seven living in Norfolk, Neb., followed a fundamentalist pronatalist theology known as Quiverfull. Shunning all forms of birth control, Quiverfull women accept as many children as God gives them as a demonstration of their radical faith and obedience as well as a means to advance his kingdom: winning the country for Christ by having more children than their adversaries.
This self-proclaimed "patriarchy" movement, which likely numbers in the tens of thousands but which is growing exponentially, bases its arguments on Psalm 127: "Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They shall not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate."
Quiverfull women commonly give birth to families of eight, 10 and 12 children, or more.
Quiverfull has gained exposure through cable TV's fascination with extraordinarily large families, including the 18-child Duggar family. The Duggars, an Arkansas couple whose husband Jim Bob was a former Arkansas state representative, have appeared on several Discovery Health Channel specials about their immense brood and currently have a TLC reality show, "18 Kids and Counting," that focuses on the saccharine details of large family life."
The atheists, freethinkers and humanists in Finland announced today that they are starting a bus ad -campaing just like the one they did in UK and several other countries.
The slogan in picture is practically a straight translation of the original UK slogan of "There is probably no God - So stop worrying and start enjoying your life". Collection started today I think and even now there is over 1100 euro's .
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