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”


4 Responses

  1. Beer Guzzling

    God bless…

    • thanks for your post, Richard! I am almost finished with Kathryn’s book. It’s fair and true, a good portrayal of mean-spirited cultish behavior with a religious twist.
      I am familiar with this type of supposed God inspired way of life. Lived it for a minute.
      Now I am patriarchy free and God free as well. Never felt so good!
      I’m looking to read your works next.
      Keep it up, Brother!

  2. […] Kathryn Joyce’s Quiverfull, and there are doubtless Islamist equivalents of the likes of Doug Phillips), but this smacks of desperation: the same outside secularizing trends which have corroded […]

  3. It would have been wonderful if Mr. Phillips had actually READ “Quiverfull” prior to writing a review about it. I don’t understand why he isn’t PRAISING Kathryn Joyce for such an insighful view into the Quiverfull movement. I found nothing in her writing that poses a threat to the Quiverfull philosophy, although her research does prove that it is definitely NOT a secular, mainstream movement. The Quiverfull philosophy sure does beat the hell out of letting Islamic extremists re-populate the earth………Mr. Phillips should give her kudos for the warning that birth control and abortion is turning the western world and it’s beliefs into a minority group……

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