The Homosexual Deathstyle; or, A Fixation on Gay Sex

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A couple years back, I watched a documentary called For the Bible Tells Me So, which looks at five Christian families with gay or lesbian children. Something one of the mothers said really struck me. She said that after her daughter first came out, and introduced her girlfriend, all she could think about was her daughter and her girlfriend having sex, and how disgusting that was. She said that over time, she was able to make a sort of peace with her daughter because she began to see more than … [Read more...]

Michael Farris, Child Abuse Denialism, and the Christian Homeschool Movement

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In 2002 Stephen Baskerville wrote "The Truth about Child Abuse," in which he claimed that judges and courts grant women access to no-fault divorce in an effort to remove fathers from the home and thereby create situations where child abuse is more likely to occur in order to make work for government bureaucracy.┬áIn 2004, Baskerville wrote "Could Your Children Be Given To "Gay" Parents?" in which he argued that the government uses child abuse as a pretense to take children from loving … [Read more...]

The Father-Removing Gay-Procuring Child Abuse Racket

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[Trigger warning for child abuse denialism] I promised in my earlier article on Stephen Baskerville's Faith & Reason lecture that I would devote more attention to his views on child abuse. Here I am, ready to fulfill that promise! To summarize Baskerville: First, mothers are the true abusers and it is removing the father from the home that is the real cause of child abuse. Second, child protective services exists to take children from innocent heterosexual families and sell them off to … [Read more...]

Patrick Henry College’s Faith & Reason Lecture: Rape, Domestic Violence, and Child Abuse Denialism

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[Trigger warning for rape, assault, and sexual harassment denialism] This past Friday, Stephen Baskerville delivered Patrick Henry College's annual (and mandatory) Faith & Reason lecture (you can read the full text here). Baskerville has been a professor of government at Patrick Henry College since 2007. Patrick Henry College, as you may remember if you are a regular reader, was founded by Michael Farris (founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association). Farris' desire was to educate a … [Read more...]

HSLDA, American Homeschooling, and the Twelve Tribes

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For anyone interested in the international influence of Christian Right and the Christian homeschool movement, the recent revelations of child abuse in the Twelve Tribes sect, or German policy toward homeschooling, all of which I touched on slightly in an article earlier this week, I have a real treat for you. Ryan Stollar has produced a gem of journalism connecting the dots and digging up links and information from the past decade or so. He has titled his piece "How American Homeschoolers … [Read more...]

Guest Post: The Political Reach of Gothard

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A Guest Post by Jeri Loftland Originally posted on Heresy in the Heartland Note: Bill Gothard is the founder of the Institute for Basic Life Principles and the Advanced Training Institute and has been an influential figure in the Christian homeschooling world for decades. You can read the writings of those who were raised on his teachings and have since walked away from them at Recovering Grace. My parents were not hardcore Gothard followers, but I (Libby Anne) had friends who were heavily … [Read more...]

And You Wonder Why I See the Right as Anti-Woman . . .

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I recently spent several hours arguing about abortion. The conversation started when a man I'd known during college scoffed at the idea that Republicans are anti-woman and said "actually, it's the progressives who have the truly anti-woman position, what with their support of the abortion industry that harms so many women." I read that statement and couldn't just leave it. I explained to him that what harms women are the situations to at they find themselves in, not abortion itself, and that if … [Read more...]


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