World Magazine Minimizes the Twelve Tribes’ Abuse

Sister comforting her brother

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

Twelve Tribes

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...]

CTBHHM: Debi Takes Us Back To the 1950s

retro-housewife

Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 154---156Debi begins this section with some history. Liberated to SorrowBeginning with the women's "liberation" movement of the 1960s, women have been taught and are expected to resent men in authority. Um . . . no.There is a great deal of diversity within feminism, as there has always been, and there is also change over time (all of this Debi conveniently ignores, along with the suffragettes and Seneca Falls and Mary Wollstonecraft, and, well, everything … [Read more...]

“We Are in No Position To Judge His Actions”

ball

I read every issue of World Magazine growing up, and one common advertisement in that publication was for Worldview Academy. I recently took a look at what they teach, and was struck by this: God is the creator and we are part of his creation. As a result, we are in no position to judge His actions. He reveals Himself to us, and we have an obligation to love and obey Him. I never attended Worldview Academy, but there was a time when this made sense to me. It's the message I received at my … [Read more...]

The Twelve Tribes, Child Abuse, and Michael Farris

sect

Last week, German authorities removed 40 children from the Twelve Tribes sect. Police raided a Christian sect in southern Germany, taking 40 children into foster care on suspicion they were physically abused and seizing sticks allegedly used to hit them, authorities said Friday.Members of the so-called "Twelve Tribes" sect acknowledged that they believe in spanking their children, but denied wrongdoing. The Twelve Tribes sect, founded in Tennessee in the 1970s, boasts 2,000 to 3,000 … [Read more...]

CTNAHM: The Proper Way for Wives to Challenge

challenge

A Guest Post by AlethaOriginally posted on Yllom MormonCreated To Need A Help Meet, pp. 41---43Alright. We are still going through Chapter 4. So far it's been reasons why husbands need wives, and the reasons why wives need to be needed.  It's been a blast, and we've still got 20 pages to go.  Last section we ended with how men need to be challenged by their wives.  Today we're starting with a story in that vein. "Let's Go" She Said[Michael contracted encephalitis and was hosp … [Read more...]

Hana Williams Trial Verdict: Guilty

Hana

Yesterday, Larry and Carri Williams were found guilty of manslaughter in the 2011 death of their daughter, Hana. Larry was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter and Carri was found guilty of both manslaughter and homicide by abuse. Janet Heimlich sums up Hana's story as follows: I first learned about the case when Larry and Carri Williams were arrested in September of 2011. I happened to be in Seattle, about an hour away from the couple’s gated-community suburb of Sedro-Woolley, where I was … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X