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...]

TTUAC: Booty Camp, Crying as “Manipulation,” and Switching Babies

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To Train Up A Child, pp. 7---9These pages contain story after story about how to "train" infants. If that kind of thing bothers you, you might want to skip this post. OBEDIENCE TRAINING---BITING BABIESOne particularly painful experience of nursing mothers is the biting baby. My wife did not waste time finding a cure. When the baby bit, she pulled hair (an alternative has to be sought for baldheaded babies). Understand, the baby is not being punished, just conditioned. A baby learns not … [Read more...]

CTNAHM: Michael is Finger-Lickin’ Good

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A Guest Post by AlethaOriginally posted on Yllom MormonCreated To Need A Help Meet, pp. 43---44OK. We are STILL in the chapter where Michael lists the reasons men need wives. Here we go.I Need Her to Keep Me CivilizedMen are basically uncivilized animals. Ask any man who has been in a war zone for a year. Most won't talk about it, but they know. Ask someone who has been in a state penitentiary for ten years. The presence of women in the house, especially one whom we value, … [Read more...]

The Lesbian Duplex 1: An Open Thread

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This space is for conversation between commenters.* If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here. And so on. My comment policy lays out the house rules. Enjoy!* You're probably wondering about the name. The lesbian duplex has become a running joke on this blog since two of my posts on Debi's book, Created To Be His Help Meet. For the b … [Read more...]

Calling for Curtains on Hanna Rosin’s The End of Men

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Journalist Hanna Rosin has become well known for her recent book, The End of Men: And the Rise of Women (and for her Atlantic article of the same name). Here is the publisher's description: Men have been the dominant sex since, well, the dawn of mankind. But Hanna Rosin was the first to notice that this long-held truth is, astonishingly, no longer true. At this unprecedented moment, by almost every measure, women are no longer gaining on men: They have pulled decisively ahead. Rosin's … [Read more...]

World Magazine Minimizes the Twelve Tribes’ Abuse

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I grew up on World Magazine. It's evangelical and conservative, but it really was fairly moderate compared to much of the other things I was exposed to. When the video of brutal caning of children came out and even Michael Farris admitted that what was going on in the Twelve Tribes sect in Germany was abuse, I fully expected World Magazine to jump solidly on the "we don't condone this, this is abuse" bandwagon. And then . . . they didn't.Let's first review what we have on video, what we know … [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...]


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