Vykie Garrison is an amazing person. She fought her way out of religion, and not just any ol’ faith. Vykie was a member, a star even, of the Quiverfull movement, a Christian tendency built around traditional patriarchal religious values and a particularly nasty flavor of fundamentalism. “QF” Christians are encouraged to have large families, they oppose family planning.
A result of this cocktail of toxic beliefs is large authoritarian families tightly ruled by fathers.
Vykie went from being a star of this movement to being quite possibly its most vocal critic. She talked about her life at last year’s American Atheists convention and has now published an article. Hers is a powerful and gut wrenching story.
You can also check out Vykie’s blog “No Longer Quivering” here.