Bill Gothard’s Disturbing Slavery Apology

Bill Gothard has been accused of sexual harassment and abuse by literally dozens of women, most of whom were teens under his care at the time the incidents occurred, but while these accusations have forced him to step down from his position with the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP), they haven't prevented him from starting a new ministry, Life Purpose Power Teams. What exactly is this new ministry? The website talks a lot about rhemas, prayer, and accountability partners. According to … [Read more...]


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Young Earth Creationism’s Important Scientific Veneer

Several months ago, my mother sent me some books for the children. Most of them were standard fare and some I was really excited about, but one thing stuck out---an Answers magazine insert about volcanoes and designed for children. Answers, of course, is the publication of Answers in Genesis, a young earth creationist organization my parents support. At six, Sally is scientifically inclined and knows quite a bit about evolution from books, documentaries, and episodes of Bill Nye the Science Guy. … [Read more...]


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Demons and the Consequences of Feeding Children’s Fears

So, demons. I've written on this topic before, but it's been a while, and when I last wrote on this topic my children were too small to be scared of the dark. When I was a girl, I was taught that demons were real. My dad used to pray a "hedge of protection" around our house, to keep the demons out. My parents told me that there's an invisible world all around us, in which angels and demons are at war, constantly.At one point when I was girl, another woman in my parents' Bible study group … [Read more...]


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10 Revelations in the Lawsuit against Bill Gothard and IBLP

Last week, I published a summary of the allegations included in an ongoing lawsuit against fundamentalist guru Bill Gothard and the Institute for Basic Life Principles, which he founded in the 1980s and spent three decades running. The lawsuit focuses on Bill Gothard and IBLP's negligence in failing to report abuse and failing to train their employees to recognize and report abuse, and at its center are allegations that Bill Gothard spent decades grooming, sexually harassing, and molesting te … [Read more...]


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A Summary of Allegations against Bill Gothard and IBLP

It has been nearly two years since Bill Gothard stepped down from leadership at his ministry, the Institute for Basic Life Principles (IBLP), amid a growing number of accusations that he sexually harassed and molested girls and young women in his employ. This past October, a group of individuals filed a negligence lawsuit against IBLP. This lawsuit has been amended, and Bill Gothard is now named as well.This week, Homeschoolers Anonymous obtained the text of the lawsuit, which involves … [Read more...]


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Norway’s Bodnariu Children Removed Over Child Abuse, Not “Christian Indoctrination”

Last Friday the Christian News Network published an article titled "Norway Officials Place Children Seized from Parents Over "Christian Indoctrination" Up for Adoption." This article is yet one more case where evangelical Christians have shown more concern for maintaining their persecution complex than for the wellbeing of children. Buried in the middle of the article is this note: [The children's uncle] says that Norwegian officials claim that the children told them that they were abused, but t … [Read more...]


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Why Public Speculation about the Duggar Children’s Sexuality Should Be Off Limits

When Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar signed on with TLC, they put their family before the public as a form of entertainment, and that is how many Americans seem to view the Duggars---as entertainment. I'm not surprised, then, to see people publicly speculating about the Duggar children's sexuality, but I am concerned. To be clear, I'm not talking about noting that the odds are one of the Duggar kids is going to be gay. I'm talking about public speculation about the sexual orientation of in … [Read more...]


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