Writing for Al Jazeera America, Adam May and Melissa May ask the question: Does America need saving from the Quiverfull movement?

For those of you who are not familiar with these people who have picked a very short passage of the Bible and built a fundamental belief around it: They think that God has commanded everyone to make as many people as possible. They are also typically nationalists, believing that us Christians need to make more Christians the really old fashioned way to out-pace other religions. A more specific version of that is: Have more babies in Christian families to outpace the Muslim influence in this country.

Does America need saving? No. They’re a minority of people and I can’t imagine that their influence on this country is significant. However, does Christianity need saving from the Quiverfull movement? Probably. Right along with the rest of the fundamentalist, nationalist, conservative flavor of Christianity that this country has seemingly cultivated. How Christianity is practiced in the rest of the West doesn’t seemed to have evolved similar strains of hardline Christians who are more interested in interpreting the rules, following the rules, and looking down on anyone who isn’t, than actually doing the things that the namesake of their religion has asked them to do. Although, I suppose the Quiverfull people may be taking the commandment to go and make disciples in a very literal sense.

These people have missed the point. The Biblical figure that shares my name that is considered “the first Christian martyr”, despite being a Jew, was stoned for speaking out against the Jewish leaders who practiced the legalism that Jesus had preached against.

“You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit! Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him— you who have received the law that was given through angels but have not obeyed it.”

American Christians are frequently the new Sanhedrin that Jesus and Stephen were so critical of.