The Key to the Liquor Store

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One response to the stories of pain and abuse being aired at Homeschoolers Anonymous is that the problem isn't homeschooling, it's fundamentalism. Or, the problem isn't homeschooling, it's abusive parents. Homeschooling has nothing to do with it, they insist. Leave homeschooling out of it, they say. But I won't do that, and there's a reason for that.The sort of unregulated homeschooling that we have today, without any form of checks and balances, allows parents with abusive tenancies to a … [Read more...]

Commenting Problems!

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Many apologies to everyone who has been having problems commenting here, which I understand have been accelerating recently. The "you're posting too fast" message is something a lot of people are getting.It seems this is a problem with the Patheos commenting system---it's that there are too many comments total being posted on all Patheos blogs in that moment, not that an individual commenter is commenting too quickly. I am told that they will be doing a system-wide fix to resolve this … [Read more...]

HSLDA’s Defense of Child Abuse

Child-abuse

This post is part of a series examining the role of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) in aiding and abetting child abuse. I have previously looked at HSLDA's efforts to prevent the reporting of child abuse and their efforts to stonewall child abuse investigations. In this post I will turn to HSLDA's defense of child abuse.HSLDA has made a name for itself defending parents' right to spank their children and spends a good bit of its time and energy monitoring and opposing new … [Read more...]

Purity Culture and Staying in Abusive Relationships

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There is one part of the purity doctrines that I don't think has been talked about often enough, and that is that the emphasis on sexual or emotional purity leads women to stay in abusive relationships rather than leave, because if they leave, having given up their sexual and emotional purity, they will be ruined and no other man will have them. This reality was recently elucidated in a rather moving post by Samantha of Defeating the Dragons: When I was fourteen, I went to a month-long summer c … [Read more...]

Homeschool Reflection: Fundamentalist Homeschooling Is a Poison

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A Guest Post by Isaiah I have mixed feelings about homeschooling, to say the least. While I find many, if not most, of the common criticisms of homeschooling to have some kind of validity, I still feel myself cringe when homeschoolers are caricatured as deranged fundamentalists since I know from experience that there is more to the story. My experience with homeschooling consists of extremely varied highs and lows---the highs of a dedicated and capable parent as a teacher, an education that fit … [Read more...]

HSLDA’s Stonewalling of Child Abuse Investigations

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This is the third post in a series on the role the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) plays in aiding and abetting child abuse. In the last post I wrote about HSLDA's efforts to decrease the reporting of child abuse; in this post I will write about the role HSLDA has played in encouraging the obstructing of child abuse investigations. In a nutshell, HSLDA encourages its member families to do whatever they have to to prevent social workers from talking to their children alone, has … [Read more...]

The Boston Marathon Bombings and a Manhunt

Boston Manhunt

Boston and the surrounding suburbs have been essentially shut down today for the manhunt of the remaining Boston marathon bombing suspect. I know I have readers in that area---please stay safe everyone! This sort of manhunt doesn't happen all that frequently, and every time it does it makes me appreciate the role law enforcement plays in our society. My thoughts go out to the fallen officer.Between the Boston marathon bombing and the fertilizer plant explosion, I've been glad that we don't ha … [Read more...]


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