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Vyckie Garrison: Christian Marriage and Abused Women

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Vyckie Garrison was once a prominent member of the Quiverfull community, a Christian fundamentalist movement that bans birth control and encourages huge, Biblical families such as the Duggars.

Garrison  wrote a popular newsletter and home-schooled 7 children. She made waves when she left the Quiverfull movement, divorced her husband, and began speaking out against the lifestyle.

"No Longer Quivering," Vyckie has appeared on Joy Behar's talk show and in The Secret Lives of Women.  She is a well-respected adversary of Biblical patriarchy and the damages that it can inflict.  She started the Take Heart Project to provide support to women and children who are escaping abusive religious movements, and to provide the public with accurate, compassionate information on the unique challenges faced by the spiritually abused.

Focus on the Family has recently declared that it wants to make it more difficult for Christians to obtain a divorce and to reduce the Christian divorce rate to 5% in order to create an example of family values to the secular world.  For a Christian woman who is in an abusive relationship, this "no divorce" policy will be a nightmare.

Vyckie reviewed the ramifications of the Focus on the Family directive at her blog on Salon.  We will discuss this topic in depth with Vyckie.