|The Unsatisfied Womb
Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2008 12:00 am
Section: Book Reviews
|My choice for the title of the book I just read is the "Unsatisfied Womb." This is one of the sub titles found in the work.
The actual title is Be Fruitful And Multiply by Nancy Campbell. Vision Forum in San Antonio, Texas published the book in 2003. It is on its fourth printing.
Doug Phillips wrote the forward to the book reminding the reader that the first commandment in the Bible is to be fruitful and multiply. Doug stated that the sin of Onan in the Bible was that of failing to impregnate his brother's widow. This was a capital offense.
Doug states that God is against people who refuse to do what is their own nature; that is to reproduce. Phillips says that the influence of evolutionism and eugenics has caused Christians to embrace the notion of child prevention. The church, Doug says, has been swept up in this evil self deceiving vision of birth control.
Vision Forum is a publishing house connected to the home school and Reconstruction movement. Its leader, Doug Phillips, is the son of Howard Phillips, one-time U. S. Taxpayers Party presidential candidate.
The catalogue from the school is stocked full of military-type themes showing boys with weapons used to teach them to defend their sister's honor. The bookstore is loaded with Religious Right literature full of Reconstruction authors. Some books are prescribed to teach boys how to be manly men while others advocate that the Civil War was really a great moral agenda waged by the South.
Be Fruitful And Multiply is a book dedicated to a little-known part of the Dominion movement. Dominion theology, like Reconstruction theology, advocates that Christians organize to take back the land for the Lord.
I listened to tapes from a Dominion preacher in Nebraska who warned his listeners that it is too late to argue with a secular America. They need to get back to having and raising more children to come up with a spiritual army to take back the nation by strength in numbers. Right-to-life followers are also deeply tied into the movement since some view any form of birth control as outside of God's will.
Pastor's wife Nancy explains that the word "woman" is a combination of words "womb" and "man." If you think this means barefoot and pregnant, you got it right. Women were placed here primarily to manufacture new beings.
Nancy lists poverty situations where the woman could scarcely afford shoes but was still joyous in her ability to reproduce.
In contrast, of an Old Testament story of a woman who spit in the face of her brother-in-law who would not help her conceive after the death of her husband, Nancy writes, "Do we plan our own family, or do we let the Lord choose?"
Nancy believes it is a divine mandate to leave it up to the Lord as to how many children one has. A woman's job is not to choose how many, but to submit unto the husband and the Lord. Since Christians of the last few decades have decided to limit the number of children they have, they have limited the power of God.
Mrs. Campbell writes of a friend in Australia who set the goal of 10 children, then each producing her friend 10 grandchildren. The end result of the family planning was to leave 1,000 great grandchildren. Nancy has not lived up to her standards since she admits inside the cover that she only had six!
Since Onan committed a capital offence and folks in these circles adhere to Old Testament laws, the potential criminal acts and punishments are mind boggling. Women who read the author's works wrote to Nancy with suggestions that their bodies were created for this purpose, to have children. One wrote, "I want to yield my womb as a living sacrifice to God." This woman did not want an unsatisfied womb.
For women who might be saying as Christians they do not want to run a dormitory filled with children, the author has a biblical answer: Do we obey God or man? Thus the refusal to have as many children as possible is a direct sin against God.
Now I am sure some readers believe I am making this stuff up. Others would call up the problems of global warming or overpopulation. These types are not fond of the idea that protecting nature is a priority. Most of them do not believe there are any problems in the world from human consumption.
Others would raise the issue of overpopulating the world if the multiplication of Christians took place at such a rate. Mrs. Campbell has an answer for this. She believes that contrary to scare tactics used by the ungodly, there is plenty of earth left for population explosions.
Nancy's experts on world population state that the entire population of the world would fit in the state of Texas with each being allotted 2,000 square feet--a scenario this Texan would not relish, by the way.
The book advances the idea that limiting families to just two children will lead to the extermination of the ethnic group--a prospect that a mostly white readership does not find favorable. The catalogue has a few black dolls to purchase, but it is obvious to whom this warehouse is appealing.
This movement is a growing part of the fringe of the Religious Right that few have taken notice of. The facts about these types are much stranger than fiction, but will perhaps become a force for some churches and school districts to deal with.
Don Wilkey is pastor of First Baptist Church in Onalaska, Texas.