Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Unqualified must not reproduce
OAK BROOK, Illinois - Bill Gothard, founder and president of IBLP, recently had a revelation that not everyone is qualified to have children. "Many individuals have fallen into sin, or are unable to raise a godly seed," he said at a Headquarters staff meeting, where he often shares new rhemas. "Additionally, many individuals will be overly tolerant and will fail to instill the basic principles in the lives of their children," he said. For these individuals, Mr. Gothard recommended a life of celibacy. "Paul tells us it is better to be single and focus on the things of the Lord."

As a result, the Institute will soon offer a new service to ATI families (and nonmembers for a low cost). The new program will consist of a rigorous testing process to make sure there are no overwhelming Sins of the Fathers in either branch of the family. Once a family is cleared to reproduce, they can raise a godly heritage with confidence. Young people are encouraged to go through this process with their courtship partners to "screen" potential spouses.

Gothard admitted that he was motivated to start this new program because of all the rebellious offspring who have departed from ATI in sin. "So much heartache and tragedy could have been avoided," he said.

24 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

PLEASE tell me he really didn't say that! PLEASE!!!

5:50 AM  
Blogger Never-ati'er said...

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7:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr G., how much are you gonna charge for this?

7:28 AM  
Blogger Never-ati'er said...

Just something for post #1 to realize about this site...satire is in abundance! Normally when X-er posts a "true" story, he prefaces the story with "This is a true story" or "This is an actual email reprinted with the recipients permission" or something similar. I can't say with 100% accuracy that this post is satire as I have never been in nor do I plan to be in ATI/IBLP, but from past experiences on this blog, this appears to be the case.

However, I do have a question for you...are you one of the rebellious offspring that would be recommended to live in celibacy and remain childless once given this "thorough" screening? Just curious if the shoe fits. :) (in case you are wondering, this is also in jest!)

7:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ya know, I really could believe this.

7:30 AM  
Blogger IDigAK said...

i'm pretty sure i wouldn't pass...
...yeah, i know i wouldn't pass!

8:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the first poster. Yeah, the shoe fits! :) Anyway, not worried about THAT. But I am concerned that if Mr. Gothard REALLY said that - he is more FAR OUT than I ever thought! He is losing his mind!!!

8:12 AM  
Blogger Viki said...

"Gothard admitted that he was motivated to start this new program because of all the rebellious offspring who have departed from ATI in sin. 'So much heartache and tragedy could have been avoided,' he said." -I'm proudly one of the rebellious offspring, and pretty darn glad my parents didn't avoid any "heartache and tragedy" I may have caused... granted, heartache and tragedy were in abundance in my life, but I wouldn't trade who I am today for anything.

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's some people at my church that I'm not so sure about. Can I have them tested? Do they have to know they're being tested?

12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope
href="http://www.breitbart.com/news/2005/11/23/D8E2CLB00.html">TomKat
took the test.

12:47 PM  
Anonymous KayaLiz said...

Is this the reason that he himself is childless? Because he is unqualified or unfit to reproduce? I've been looking for the answer to that question for many years. I'm so thankful that he finally answered it for me!!

6:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Selective breeding! Wow...that's so hilariously messed up...

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Luv the part where it says "make sure there are no overwhelming Sins of the Fathers..." Well done! :)

8:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What qualifies as "overwhelming Sins of the Fathers"? I must agree with another anonymous blogger in that this is exactly why Gothard has not had children himself, maybe he doesn't want "an heritage of the Lord?" hmmm he must be hypocrisy at it's finest...
http://www.xanga.com/Smootherthanbutter

7:45 AM  
Anonymous allrightnow said...

along with stadiums full of young people joining in chorus and severe, fierce devotion to a childless, unmarried yet all-knowing short dude , here is yet another correlation between ATI and Hitler Youth.

8:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get into the showers!

9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, what happens to those that are already married? Are they just doomed to suffer the consequences?

11:08 AM  
Anonymous B said...

That's a great question, since the use of birth control is frowned upon...

4:40 PM  
Blogger Never-ati'er said...

I am a FIRM believer that stupid people should NOT breed or drive and marriage status does NOT matter. If the stupid people NEED to use birth control (the fool-proof kind, not counting days...remember, these are STUPID people!) or not marry, then I am all for it. If this qualifies as "selective breeding", again, I am all for it. They can look on the bright side, at least we are not preventing them from marrying...maybe that isn't bright, NEVER MIND! HAHAHA

6:42 AM  
Blogger Big n' Bad said...

I must say that the concept of not allowing people of what might be considered a lower level of inteligence to procreate is most delightful one. I dont feel that they should be denied the right to wed because who is to say that they wont have some fun outside of the marriage bed. All we need to fix this problem is a bag of rubber bands and a pocket knife. Maybe that is a little harsh but, it would stop organizations like ATI from starting in the first place

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

awesome! I actually agree with MR. G. on this one. my parents bought into the whole ATI thing hook, line & sinker, and were so preoccupied with "filling their quiver" that they forgot all about QUALITY OF LIFE. as the oldest in the brood, I was robbed of MY childhood because I was busy raising their kids. I actually have severe back problems from holding so many kids (while I was still a kid and growing myself). nice. I think ATI ppl are SO obsessed w/ reproducing that they fail to see the uniqueness in EACH child. (esp. when they dress em all alike so they don't have a shred of individuality!) mom & dad were so busy trying to provide and educate and brain-wash and be 'christian' that I can honestly say they drove us away. my siblings are closer to me, than our parents. they call me to ask advice. sad really. so yeah, all current ATI-ers. PLEASE, PLEASE don't reproduce. do the world a favor.

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Suzanne said...

Is the reason that Bill Gothard is single and never had children is the result of him NOT passing this test? The truth is finally coming out?>

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think i need to be tested...i have a strange feeling there a few 'thetans' still attached to my soul.

Maybe I'll get a discount if i mention im friends with Tom & Katy!!!

11:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After reading all of the fallout from the above story I still want to know exactly how these tests are/were conducted? My imagination is running wild ...

2:37 PM  

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