But I have to say, there is some serious irony in the fact that Farris, Farris Jr., and others at HSLDA believe they can argue both that homeschooling families are constantly reported to social services by upset friends or relatives and that homeschooling families have a low rate of child abuse based on of how infrequently people call social services on homeschooling families. Read more

In a recent blog post, evangelical theologian Doug Wilson explained why he married pedophile Steven Sitler to a woman in his congregation four years ago, calling on God to bless them with children. (For background on this story, see here and here.) Or at least, he thinks he explained it. He really didn’t. Fortunately, his explanation does give us more insight into how Wilson views child molesters. Read more

It’s time for another chatter thread! Read more

One of the oddest things about this book is the amount of attention Farris gives to completely unimportant and mundane details while leaving out other, more important details (such as Casey’s first doctor’s visit, or how she’s doing at the foster home). And that is what we get at the beginning of today’s passage. Read more

Okay, that’s it. I have been studiously trying to ignore the Republican presidential primary, but I just can’t anymore. Oh yes, you’d think Trump would have pushed me over the edge, but no! It was Huckabee! You may think the title of this post surely must be hyperbole, but bear with me here, because I have my reasons. Let’s take a look at what happened, shall we? Read more

It is disconcerting, but it’s more than that. This isn’t just a simple “mistake.” Someone at some point thought it sounded good to say that Jesus quoted more from Genesis than any other book and didn’t bother to double check it. There’s no way you get from the reality that only one of Jesus’ dozens of quotes from the Old Testament come from Genesis, or the reality that only 7% of his references to Old Testament books are from Genesis, to stating that Jesus quotes from (or references) the Old Testament more than any other book unless your intent is to deceive. Read more

Rupert is preaching the gospel of the privileged. He appears to be uncomfortable with calls for social justice. On some level, I’m not surprised. Rupert is a straight white male, and calls for social justice can be uncomfortable when you’re benefiting from the inequalities present in society. But instead of listening and coming face to face with his privilege, or simply being annoyed and stewing, he has sought to integrate his unease with calls for a more just society into his Christian theology. He has created a theology where Jesus came not to free the oppressed but to silence the victims and overlook societal injustice. Read more

Let’s have a break from the serious stuff, shall we? Read more

I’m not upset that Wilson has chosen to minister to a convicted serial pedophile. I’m upset with how Wilson has chosen to minister to a convicted serial pedophile. But rather than actually listening to these concerns, Wilson would rather throw up his hands and call those critical of the way he has handled the situation “bitter.” Meanwhile, the safety and wellbeing of Sitler’s infant son hangs in the balance. Read more

In 2005, Wilson asked the judge for leniency in sentencing Steven Sitler for molesting young children, declaring him “genuinely repentant.” In 2010, Wilson married Sitler to one of his parishioners and asked God to bless them with children. In 2015, Sitler’s wife gave birth to a baby boy, and Sitler molested him. If that’s all you feel you need to know—and it may be—you can stop reading here. I’m going to provide more of the backstory, and while I won’t be graphic, some readers may find it triggering. Read more

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