What Did Josh Duggar’s Counseling Look Like?

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This week the news broke that Josh Duggar sexually molested at least five girls in two families while he was a teen. I can't say for sure what Josh Duggar's counseling looked like, though it appears it was handled in-house, through the family and likely also through the church and Christian ministries the family follows, such as Bill Gothard's Advanced Training Institute (ATI). What I can do is speak to the sort of counseling Bill Gothard and ATI provide.The Duggars have long been avid foll … [Read more...]

Bill Gothard Was Brought Down by a Blog: Thoughts on the “Proper” Channels for Making Abuse Allegations

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Do you know how Bill Gothard was brought down?By a blog.Sexual harassment allegations had been made against Gothard for decades---yes, decades---but he was very good at silencing them, and at convincing his associates that he was blameless. Then a couple of years ago a variety of young adults who were raised in Bill Gothard's ministry came together to create a blog: Recovering Grace. They used this blog as a forum to criticize Gothard's teachings and practices, and to discuss the harm … [Read more...]

Pastors and Secretaries: Enemies of a Gothard Marriage

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I've been under a lot of stress lately and I'm really tired. But I try to put up a post each day to keep things active and maintain the community here, so today you get more from the Bill Gothard textbook I got my hands on. He's just so out there that blogging against his teachings is easier than many other topics, somehow. It's also familiar, in a way. So today you get to find out how pastors and secretaries can be enemies to good, godly marriages.Both of these passages are from the chapter … [Read more...]

The Gothard-Sized Skeleton in HSLDA’s Closet

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There is a Gothard-sized skeleton in HSLDA's closet. But before we get to that, let's start with an excerpt from Michael Farris's white paper, A Line in the Sand: Although some people want HSLDA to be the police force of the homeschooling movement—removing those who miss the mark in some manner—that is not our role. Even though I have been uncomfortable with the teaching coming from each of these men for several years, it is not my place to try to remove viewpoints from the homeschooling com … [Read more...]

Oh Mr. Gothard!

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As you probably noticed, my computer glitched and posted my weekly Friday post on Wednesday. Oops! If you haven't read that post, CTBHHM: The Question of Birth Control, feel free to do so now. For today, I'm going to turn to some of Bill Gothard's thoughts on procreation, drawing from his Advanced Seminar Textbook. Trust me, it's ever bit as good as Debi! What would we have lost if Jesse had had a smaller family? If Jesse had had one less child, David would not have been born. Jesse had eight s … [Read more...]

Debi Pearl Defends Bill Gothard

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How did I miss this? Several weeks ago, Debi Pearl weighed in on the ongoing Bill Gothard scandal. And guess what? Reading her post has caused me to lose the last little bit of respect I had for her (which is really saying something).In their books and on their blog, Michael and Debi have generally taken a hard line on the sexual abuse of children. Given this, Debi's response to the Bill Gothard situation seem incredibly out of place. Debi should be out there with Recovering Grace and all … [Read more...]

Gothard’s Sex Rules: Marital Consent? What’s That?

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My family never attended one of Bill Gothard's seminars, and we didn't use Gothard's curriculum. We children were, instead, raised on the outskirts of Gothardism. We knew people who were followers of Bill Gothard, and we imbibed a few of his teachings (umbrella of authority, anyone?), but that was the extent of it. As things began to snowball over the past months and Gothard was exposed as a sexual predator and ultimately relieved of his leadership position, I wanted to learn more about what … [Read more...]


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