Sex Scandal Hits Christian 'Patriarchal' Movement
Ex-leader, friend of Duggars, is accused of manipulating woman into encounters
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2014 2:52 PM CDT

(Newser) – The former leader of a Christian movement popularized by the ever-growing Duggar family has been slapped with a lawsuit accusing him of sexual impropriety with a young female follower, reports Raw Story. The lawsuit is against Douglas Phillips, who resigned last year as leader of Vision Forum Ministries after admitting to an affair. The case is generating headlines because Phillips preached a brand of Christianity known as "Quiverfull" or "patriarchal" that emphasizes female submission and constant child-bearing, and the Duggars ot TLC fame were followers and friends. In fact, "it's hard to underestimate the importance of Phillips in the small world of extreme fundamentalists," writes Amanda Marcotte at the Daily Beast.

Phillips is being sued by Lourdes Torres-Manteufel, now 29, who says she first met Phillips when she was 15. The lawsuit alleges that he "methodically groomed" and manipulated her for years in the guise of a spiritual mentor, until she moved into his house as a sort of nanny around age 21. At that point, the suit says he coerced her into sexual encounters, and her lawyers maintain that she was so brainwashed she was incapable of consent. “Women within this movement are perceived to exist only for the end-goals communicated by the male leaders that perceive themselves as the ‘patriarchs’ of this world,” the lawsuit reads.

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J. Joan Short
Apr 17, 2014 8:39 PM CDT
I am going to make one last post here and then I am going to be done. I am not the resident Christian here and I don't have to justify Christians' beliefs to any of you. We live according to our beliefs just like you live according to yours. You vote your consciences at home, in your state and in your country. Your votes elect people who believe as you do so they will go to whatever legislative body to which they are connected and vote those ideas and values that you believe in. Christians do the same thing. It is our right to do the same thing, so stop all your whining that Christians should stay out of your life. Maybe I'd like you to stay out of mine, but the laws your representatives pass in legislative bodies that reflect your beliefs impact my life just like the opposite is true. You live your way; we'll live ours. You are happy to tell us about your beliefs and why your beliefs are right. Well, we do the same thing. Now, if you don't believe as Christians do, then our beliefs shouldn't bother you. If they do, then that is your problem, not ours. As it pertains to the story that is actually the reason we are commenting in the first place, it is tragic that someone claiming to be good is actually evil in disguise. It happens every day. It happens when people claim to be good people but do evil things; it happens when people claim to be Christians and then do evil things. The point is, people who do evil things like this hurt all of us, despite what claims they make about who they are. And, it should bother you people more that this particular media is trying to involve a family who has done no wrong in this matter and has nothing to do with this matter, just because they befriended a man they thought was the person he claimed to be, only to find out with the rest of us that he was evil – if, in fact, he did commit the crimes for which he has been accused. If you have a friend you believe to be a decent human being who turns out to be a sadistic killer, you wouldn't want your name in the headline associated with the crime, would you? You'd say, "Hey, I know the guy and I thought he was my friend, but I didn't have anything to do with what he did so keep my name out of it." You'd be screaming that from the highest place you could find. Now, I believe I've said all I am going to on these matters. I am going to Big Fish Games to play my game. Good night.
Apr 17, 2014 3:49 PM CDT
Sounds like a version of the Westboro "Baptist" Church cult.
Apr 17, 2014 7:29 AM CDT
Supernaturalism is the standard bearer of "if we believe it to be true, then it must be." Supernaturalism can be used to manipulate anyone to do anything at anytime. It is the ultimate predator of the mind, the body, and your wallet. Anything can be 'justified' and usually is. Supernaturalism is immoral and evil.