There has been a lot of speculation as to whether the conservative Christian views of the Quiverfull movement, principles of which are upheld by the Duggars, are cult-like, and this new report about a marriage retreat is unfortunately not doing much to change that view.
According to Raw Story, Quiverfull patriarch Vaughn Ohlman recently announced his plans to open a “Get Them Married!” retreat, a place where fathers, not dissimilar to Jim Bob Duggar, will take their unmarried children, in the hopes of finding them a suitable partner.
The Let Them Marry website offers more details about the weekend matchmaking retreat, which will reportedly be held at Camp Hiawatha, Wichita Kansas this November (Nov. 3 to Nov. 6) and is described as a place to “bring together like-minded families (and their unmarried young men and women) who are committed to young, fruitful marriage and to help them overcome the barriers which have kept their children unmarried.”
The retreat will also offer fun activities and “icebreaker games” as well as teaching/testimony times, but the aim is ultimately to bring together young people with the “goal of arriving at God-glorifying marriages.”
Interested parties can enjoy both housing and meals for every attendee from Thursday dinner through Sunday breakfast; however, it doesn’t come cheap as a list of pricing reveals.
OK, so this is definitely not for everyone and more than a few people will probably roll their eyes at the concept (which to some might sound like a way for fundamentalist fathers to find their daughters a suitable husband). This is also evidenced by some of the articles that are popping up about it, including Raw Story‘s piece titled “Duggar cult founder plans Kansas ‘retreat’ to set up arranged marriages for teen girls.”
But what do you think? Is this just an innocent weekend away for families of the same faith to find companionship and network? Or is it the opposite? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
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