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  1. I find it hard to believe that Tim could bring himself to reveal the family’s secrets to strangers, no matter how “Christian” they were. He’s always been clearly terrified of his mother’s wrath.
  2. Yeah, and what about the thousands of tater tots and gallons of condensed soup they’ve scarfed down over the years?
  3. 100 months? She sounds like a prisoner marking off time with hash marks on the wall of her cell.
  4. Oh, yes. Many people don’t realize it, but we Catholics have our own version of whacked-out, show-off Fundies, with our own Jim Bobs, Michelles, Jill Rods and Stevehovahs.
  5. Anna will never give an inch on any of their insane rules. She's a True Believer who finds security in a rigid set of do's and don'ts to follow. More importantly, she is hell-bent on presenting herself to the world as the perfect Fundie wife and mother to prove that her marriage is a success and that she was right to stand by her monstrous husband.
  6. In theory, Jim Bob is the head of the whole shebang, but I’ve always believed that despite her baby-voiced, head-bobbing wifey act, Michelle is the one who calls the shots and nothing happens without her approval.
  7. Josie is such an untidy, neglected mess. Any normal parent would wash her dirty hands and run a comb through her hair before taking a picture to post online. It’s not even one of those cutesy “Ha, ha, look at the mess our little mischief maker got into!” photos some parents love to post; she just looks grubby, like she hasn’t had a bath in a week.
  8. Since Jessa has always seemed very shallow and vain, her definition of "creeps" and "weirdos" may have just been based on physical appearance, i.e., the guys in question may have been paunchy, balding, chinless, etc. Ben may not have been Chris Hemsworth, but he was probably the best physical specimen that came along. Of course, "paunchy, balding and chinless" also describes her brothers, so there's that.
  9. Yes, I think that Ben does seem to have some aptitude for reading and learning, which no one in his world ever encouraged. He might never be the kind of intellectual who reads Faulkner or Proust, but I could see him being the kind of guy who enjoys sports biographies or non-fiction books about the Civil War, or who jumps into bed at night and reads a chapter of a Tom Clancy thriller before turning out the light. Unfortunately, he could never be that guy, because it’s been drummed into him that nothing must distract you from being All Jesus, All The Time. Plus, Jessa would not be happy about anything that takes his attention away from her needs.
  10. "that uncompromising, enterprising, anything but tranquilizing, right-on Maude!". In other words, every Fundie male's worst nightmare. And, I hate to say it, but Spurgeon really looks like Jim Bob in that picture.
  11. Watch for Jill to do a copycat pose, watching Derek do his law school studying.
  12. Or Jill’s story. I think she may have invented the tale out of nothing to explain why Tim left Moody. My guess is that she was enraged and offended that Moody actually expected her to pay Tim’s tuition and wouldn’t give him a free ride. I expect the administrators at Moody are used to dealing with pious grifters, although probably not one as SEVERELY persistent as Jill.
  13. It's not in the Bible, but, dating back to the Middle Ages, left-handedness was thought to be a mark of the Devil. The word "sinister" comes from the Latin word for "left". I wouldn't be surprised if this belief is still alive among the more whacked-out Fundies.
  14. He may have sent her a fawning, gushing Mother's Day love letter and she decided not to post it. She may be freezing him out to send him the message that he's currently dead to her and he has to really crawl to get back in her good graces. Or, more likely, she writes all these messages from her children herself.
  15. I'm surprised that Jim Bob and Michelle didn't force Jinger to learn to use her right hand when she was little. Given their ignorant and punitive approach to child-rearing, beating the left-handedness out of a kid to make her "normal" seems like the kind of thing they would fixate on.
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