Patrick Henry College’s Sexual Assault Problem

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This morning the New Republic published Sexual Assault at God's Harvard, an article about how Patrick Henry College has handled cases of rape and assault. The article is subtitled "Patrick Henry was supposed to be a safe place. For these young women, it wasn't." In it, journalist Kiera Feldman tells the horrific story of the administration's gross mishandling of sexual assault and rape cases on the school's campus.First, a little background. HSLDA's Michael Farris founded Patrick Henry … [Read more...]

They called it “adultery” and made her confess

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I have been reading about child sexual abuse perpetrated in the 1980s by Donn Ketcham, a missionary doctor in Bangladesh. The abuse came to light when one of his victims, a 14-year-old missionary kid, returned to the United States to visit relatives. While there, she told the pastor of her home church about her abuse. Her pastor interrogated her to ensure that she was being truthful and then handed her over to Russ Lloyd and Russ Ebersole, the first a Christian counselor and the second Donn … [Read more...]

“They said if you report it, you hurt the body of Christ”

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You may have heard that Bob Jones University has fired GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment). Everyone is wondering why, but it's not hard to guess. GRACE was due to release its report on Bob Jones University's handling of sex abuse and rape next month. This incident is just one more in a burgeoning series of evangelical sex and abuse scandals. GRACE was founded by Boz¬†Tchividjian, who is a grandson of Billy Graham and a professor at Liberty University. With these … [Read more...]

Bill Gothard: When People Know . . . and Do Nothing

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I'll be honest: I'm more than a little bit upset right now. I think it's because I'm finally realizing the full impact of the growing Bill Gothard sexual abuse scandal. The real scandal is not that Bill Gothard sexually abused the young women placed under his authority. The real scandal is that it could go on for so many decades while leader after leader covered for him. This is the extent of the rot---that so many people knew what was going on and did nothing, including those who should have … [Read more...]

In Which HSLDA Conducts a Child Abuse “Investigation”

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I recently came upon something posted on HSLDA's site some years ago that I found interesting, in light of what I have written about HSLDA in the past. HSLDA releases stories of the cases it handles in various states, partly to keep its members apprised of what it does and partly to encourage people to stay members. Anyway, this incident happened in Kentucky. Here is how it starts: Coming home at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday this summer, the Wall family were puzzled to see a sheriff's car and another … [Read more...]

Doug Phillips’ Get Out of Jail Free Card

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There is little that bothers me more than the excuse-making that comes out in full force every time a Christian leader is found engaging in some form of moral wrongdoing. You see, so long as that Christian leader says "I'm sorry" properly, they're apparently immune from any form of criticism, whether now or in the future. In the wake of Doug Phillips' resignation, I have seen literally dozens of comments across the blogosphere in which individuals have praised Phillips and denounced bloggers who … [Read more...]

Michael Pearl Is Not Original

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Michael Pearl's To Train Up a Child¬†is not original, not in the least. It's actually a rehashing of ideas that had been floating around in evangelicalism and fundamentalism for literally hundreds of years. Let me offer a few excerpts from various evangelical or fundamentalist sources to illustrate what I'm talking about.First, have a look at what Susanna Wesley wrote in 1732: When turned a year old (and some before), they were taught to fear the rod, and to cry softly; by which means they … [Read more...]


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