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...]

Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse Gets in the Way, Says WORLD Magazine’s Andrée Seu Peterson

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Evangelicals have a child sexual abuse problem, but some of them don't seem to want to admit that---or to take the necessary steps to fix the problem. Take Andrée Seu Peterson, for instance, a columnist for WORLD magazine. She recently wrote a column titled "Protecting the Children in the Church---from Us." It seems that Andrée is more concerned about herself---and her ability to walk into the bathroom with the children when she walks them for a potty break during Sunday school---than she is ab … [Read more...]

The Twisted Evil

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I write a lot here on the blog about Debi Pearl's Created To Be His Help Meet and Michael Pearl's To Train Up A Child. I think it's important to remember that there are people who wholeheartedly believe and follow both books. This isn't some abstract thing. For these individuals and families, this is real life. And the things the Pearls say---things that are, I might add, actually quite widespread in fundamentalist Christian circles far beyond the Pearls themselves---shape the directions of p … [Read more...]

Lesbians, Satan, Hitler: Debi Pearl Responds To Criticism

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I don't know how I missed this short post on the No Greater Joy website a year ago, but I did. I guess I shouldn't be surprised I missed it because I don't read everything posted on the site, and for some reason Why Not To Train A Child only just picked it up today. Anyway, here you go:A Call To StandBy Debi PearlHitler’s propagandists used one of Satan’s choice tools to pull off the biggest crime toward mankind in the history of the world. They used a lie. They taught that if you … [Read more...]


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