Doug Phillips: The Vulgaria Monologue

Doug Phillips of Vision Forum rails against “Lesbian-feminist radicals, mother-goddess promoters, Marxists, Internet kooks, and even a professing Christian publication”:

Welcome to the newly-formed “United States of Vulgaria.” All are welcome — except Christian, homeschool families with a “quiverfull” of children. Here politicians seek to fix their runaway spending policies by banning babies; television personalities gasp at the sight of “too many” children; and journalists target fruitful mothers for public ridicule and censure.

Phillips is particularly angry with journalist Kathryn Joyce, author of Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement, and he is dismayed that Christianity Today gave it a good review (I should disclose that Kathryn has been supportive to this blog, and that I get an acknowledgement in the book):

But the winner of the “2009 Vulgaria Child Catcher of the Year Award” goes to Kathryn Joyce and Beacon Press…In the world of Kathryn Joyce, scientists and professional demographers who warn about the serious consequence of an imminent birth dearth are really bigots with an agenda to perpetuate white Christian babies; prolific Christian homeschool mothers and their daughters are mindless doormats to domineering patriarchs; and Christian ministries like Vision Forum with a pro-family theology are dangerous subversives that threaten the modern culture of reproductive freedom, women’s liberation, and abortion on demand.

The first mission of the book is to warn the radical left about America’s real threat — pregnant mothers who quote Psalm 127 and submit to their husbands. The second mission is to paint certain ministries and Christian parents as intolerant racists with a penchant for spousal abuse, and other even more unconscionable crimes.

It’s all part of the old Communist conspiracy:

Joyce was personally mentored and trained to become a cultural revolutionary by one of the most significant radical feminists of the 20th century, Ellen Willis. Joyce and Willis were both at NYU, where Joyce was a student and Willis served as head of NYU’s Center for Cultural Reporting and Criticism. A founder of the ultra-fringe Redstockings of the Women’s Liberation Movement, Willis would later state that “Redstockings’ dominant political tendency was a kind of neo-Maoist materialism” and that her personal politics were a “blend of cultural radicalism, populism, and Marxism.”


Lest you think that books from pro-homosexual publishing houses like Beacon are being ignored in the Christian press, none other than Christianity Today offered a positive review of Quiverfull after recently publishing an absurdly favorable puff piece on the radical pro-homosexual film, Milk. The fact that both of these revisionist histories were advanced by individuals and organizations who thrive on viciousness to Christianity and God’s Word mattered not to the editors of Christianity Today.

As I blogged here, Kathryn has written about Phillips in the past. It seems she rubs all the right people up the wrong way; last year she provoked none other than Don Feder into a tirade.

Some background to the book can be seen here.

Although I hate to boast, I should add I’ve had an award too: in 2008 Mosquewatch declared me to be “Dhimmi of the Year” for my sceptical probings of Walid Shoebat. I’ve also been featured on the website of the Official Street Preachers, who called me out as “The Level Headed, Beer Guzzling, Left Wing LIBERAL”


Daily Mail Nonsense on “666” Car

Claim: Burnt car supports Irenaeus’ Interpretation of the Book of Revelation

A shocking headline in the Daily Mail:

The devil’s work? Supercar with registration plate ‘666’ destroyed after it mysteriously bursts into flames

Inevitably, this has now crossed the Atlantic to be linked by WorldNetDaily.

Here’s what an unnamed but idiotic hack has to say:

It’s commonly believed to be the number that identifies the Antichrist. So perhaps the owner of this Dodge Viper supercar shouldn’t have been surprised when their car went up in flames.

The registration plate was ‘666’: it was almost an invitation.

…The number has been associated with the Satanism, universal price codes and the game of roulette, as the numbers on the wheel add up to 666.

Recent research has shown that the number in the Bible may have been translated incorrectly, and that 616 is the actual number of the beast.

However second century church father Irenaeus examined that possibility – and rejected it.

The demise of this Dodge Viper would seem to support his theory.

However, Jalopnik, a website devoted to “the cult of cars”, has a bit more information:

Remember the Dodge Viper with “666” license plates which burned to a crisp? The UK’s Daily Mail just caught the story… two years after we ran it…The fire happened way back in 2007 in Kostroma, Russia, when a group of devout religious types took offense to the “666” mark of the beast license plate and set it on fire. We enjoyed the story when it first came out, and still think it’s pretty amusing, though we’re sad to see a Viper get it over something so silly. Perhaps Daily Mail should read Jalopnik more often.