Saturday Link Love is a new feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier. Click through to read more! Read more

It sounds like the article mentioned both Peter and Aaron, and everyone at church knows their besties, so how long until someone tells the reporter that the computer expert they called in was the best friend of the lawyer making the case against the CPS workers? It seems to me that in having Aaron be the one to look at the computers, rather than asking for an independent computer expert to do it, Peter compromised his own case. I don’t think Farris sees it that way and so I doubt that will come up at all, but this is seriously driving me nuts. Click through to read more! Read more

This past weekend Christianity Today published an article by Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra titled Missionary Donn Ketcham Abused 18 Children. Here’s Why He Wasn’t Stopped. This article was written in response the release of a report created by Professional Investigators International (Pii) on their investigation of the sexual abuse allegations that had dogged the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE) since the early 2000s. If you’re a longtime reader, this will sound familiar. If you’re not, I’ll fill you in in a moment. But for now, let me just state that Christianity Today needs to raise its bar for measuring good faith sexual abuse prevention efforts. Click through to read more! Read more

Last year Joshua Harris announced that he was leaving the ministry and going to seminary. He spoke of his life as being lived backwards, and his words resonated with me and with others who grew up in the Christian homeschool movement. Josh published his career-making book, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, in 1997, when he was only 21. His book had a huge impact on not only the Christian homeschool movement but also evangelicalism more broadly, and frankly, messed a lot of things up for a lot of us growing up in that culture. Click through to read more! Read more

I mentioned a few weeks ago that the community in which I grew up has been rocked by sexual abuse allegations against several members. Watching these situations play out has even me first hand experience with many of the excuses made for abusers and the tactics used to shift blame to their victims. What Gothard does in highlighting testimonials of women he didn’t abuse is right in line with these same tactics and patterns, but it requires an ignorance of how abusers operate to work. Read more

If Christianity Today was so interested in running an interview with Saeed—it’s understandable that who followed his imprisonment for years would want to hear from him—they could have run this same interview limiting it to questions about Saeed’s experiences in Iran and his imprisonment. There’s no reason they had to ask about the abuse allegations, and even if they had, there’s no reason they had to print his responses when they turned out to be as horrifying as they in fact are. Click through to read more! Read more

Hey guys! I’ve had a tip jar for a while now (see the sidebar), but I’ve just created a Patreon page as well. Many of you are probably familiar with Patreon, which allows writers, gamers, artists, and others to advertise their work and find supporters and backers. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Patreon is a crowdfunding platform that asks people to become “patrons” of creators whose work they enjoy, pledging to donate a specified amount per month. Click through to read more! Read more

They hid the guns. The article does not directly state why the children hid the guns but the import is fairly clear—the children were worried their mother would use the guns to cow them into staying and putting up with her abuse. This story brings up in stark contrast one of the least-talked-about aspects of the gun control debate—guns’ use in domestic violence. And no, I’m not talking about using guns to defend yourself against an domestic abuser, because that happens only rarely. I’m talking about the role guns play in the hands of the domestic abuser. Read more

It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! 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 also. Enjoy! Read more

Saturday Link Love is a new feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier! Click through to read more! Read more

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