I first heard about these people on an NPR interview and one of the proponents seemed to think that Christian women having more babies than Muslim women was the way "take over". My reaction at the time was mostly amusement. Oh here's another crazy group. But these people are not harmless. In this Salon article, "All God's Children", author Karen Joyce who wrote a book about these nuts, Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement, shows how "the Quiverfull movement saddles women with a life of submission and near-constant pregnancies."
Now I know there are Christian traditions --including the "official" teaching of Roman Catholicism that forbids birth control...but these people - Quiverfull-- are just wack. My Roman Catholic college room mate is my age and has ten children. But even she, when she had health problems and her husband got a new job and they moved, was smart enough to use natural methods to avoid #11 The Quiverfull folk tell women whose lives might be endangered by pregnancy and childbirth to look to the early Christian martyrs for examples of sacrificing your life for Jesus. You know, because dying needlessly in childbirth is so the same thing as refusing to acknowledge Caesar as God.
I wonder if in all their home schooling they ever get to the part of the early church where Christianity offered women an alternative to marrying at 13 and having babies until they died?
This is an evil movement. The effect on women who become almost suicidal under the pressure of being perfectly submissive, having baby after baby regardless of their health is devastating. And it absolutely killed any faith of the women interviewed who got out.
It breaks my heart to see that these women have been so traumatized they cannot see the freedom of the Kingdom Christ proclaimed. This is all one former member can take away from the bible: "I don't think you can get equality out of the Bible. You can't get away from hierarchy, strictly defined roles for gender, authoritarianism, submission, dominating." That is so not what Christ was about Somebody is going to after to answer to God for this preversion of the message of freedom and equality in Christ!