Not that these people aren't legit crazy, but it seems perhaps that news reports are not entirely accurate in their reporting of the group.
Note: Contrary to vicious internet rumors we do not support or in any way condone child sexual activity of any sort, child marriage, or any other illegal activity. Nor do we support or condone forced marriages. We believe that parents should NOT seek a spouse for a child where that child has not actively sought for the parents to do so.
That disclaimer does seem to contradict some of the statements they've posted on their site in the past, so it's unclear what they actually believe. Oftentimes groups like this (understandably) aren't completely up-front about their beliefs or practices to the public.
Yeah, like their FAQ page as of Jan. 10 (found on the Way Back Machine):
"B) Courtship denies the authority of the father over the marriage of their virgin children. While they often give a veto to the parents of the woman, they specifically deny the authority of the father of the groom or the bride to choose a spouse for their children.
We believe that Scripture teaches quite clearly that the father does have the power to choose a spouse for their virgin child; and we see this in several Scriptural examples."
"C) Courtship advocates generally deny the continuing authority of the father over the married son.
We believe, along with the Reformers and the Church historical, that the jurisdiction of the family is the primordial and fundamental jurisdiction, and it is not interrupted by the marriage of a son. (A daughter, on the other hand, comes under the jurisdiction of her new husband)"
"What if the person objects to the prospective spouse? Is there an opportunity to veto?....
Considering it is their parents who would be finding them a spouse, what would be their basis for objecting? Looks? How much money they have? Their hobbies or interests? Maybe their personality? All of these things can change and likely will change over the course of a marriage. Even a person’s beliefs may change over time. The Bible says, “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.” (Proverbs 18:22), and “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.” (Hebrews 13:4). Having a wife is good thing, and the Bible does not quibble about only certain women being good as wives for certain men."
"Doesn’t a legitimate marriage require the consent of both the people marrying? Scripture speaks of the father of the son “taking a wife” for his son, and the father of the bride “giving” her to her husband (Jeremiah 29: 6; Judges 21: 7; Ezra 9:12; Nehemiah 10: 30; 1 Corinthians 7:36-38). It gives example after example of young women being given to young men, without the young woman even being consulted, and often, in some of the most Godly marriages in Scripture, the young man is not consulted.
Comparing what we see in Scripture with various commentaries as well as the culture of our world, however, we see a very interesting linguistic clash over the word “consent”. First of all, Scripture never, ever mentions the idea of “consent” in regard to marriage. "
These people should probably be arrested.