Trump Agriculture Nominee Credits Serial Sexual Predator as His Spiritual Mentor

Trump has tapped Georgia's Sonny Perdue for Secretary of Agriculture. Who is Perdue? In addition to being a former governor, he credits now-disgraced fundamentalist leader Bill Gothard as his spiritual mentor: “Nothing besides Scripture itself played a more important role in the daily guiding and leading of our family than Bill Gothard and the Institute in Basic Life Principles. We immersed ourselves in the clear but profound and practical wisdom delivered by God through Bill. I found every se … [Read more...]


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IBLP Worksheet: 4-Year-Old Abuse Victim “Equally Guilty”

It's been a few weeks since Homeschoolers Anonymous posted a worksheet from Bill Gothard's Institute of Basic Life Principles (IBLP) titled "Why Did God Let A Four Year Old Boy Be Molested By A Fifteen Year Old Neighbor?" I think I've been avoiding writing about it because it's really more of the same---it's been well established that neither Gothard nor IBLP understand the dynamics of abuse---and writing about this stuff gets draining after a time. But, here goes.The idea that everything h … [Read more...]


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Donald Trump, Roger Ailes, and Bill Gothard

Roger Ailes, the long-time chief executive director of Fox News, announced last week that he was stepping down amid sexual harassment allegations lodged against him by Gretchen Carlson numerous and other female Fox News employees, including the popular Megyn Kelly. Donald Trump responded as follows: "I can tell you that some of the women that are complaining, I know how much he's helped them, and even recently. And when they write books that are fairly recently released, and they say wonderful … [Read more...]


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Two New Pieces on Christianity and Child Abuse

Ryan Stollar of Homeschool Alumni Reaching Out (HARO) has been knocking it out of the park lately. I deeply appreciate his advocacy and his willingness to take on big names in his efforts to prevent child abuse. Today I want to take a moment to highlight his two latest pieces, one posted on the HARO website and one posted on HARO's Homeschoolers Anonymous (HA) project website.First is Stollar's HARO piece, How We Marginalize Abuse Survivors: Valuing Forgiveness Over Protection. What's a … [Read more...]


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Bill Gothard and the Dynamics of Abuse

Yesterday I found out that a Catholic priest who was accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl decades ago has been made director of a teen pregnancy center. This made me think about all of the ways abusers within the church gain renewed access to positions of power (I'm sure it happens outside of the church as well, but this is the area I'm most familiar with). Curious, I looked up Bill Gothard to double check precisely what he's doing today. I arrived at www.billgothard.com. The website is … [Read more...]


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Fundamentalist Leader Bill Gothard Threatens to Sue the Women Accusing Him of Sexually Molesting Them as Teens

Last October, ten women filed a negligence lawsuit against the Institute for Basic Life Principles (IBLP), a fundamentalist Christian organization that put on conferences for families, produced Christian-based homeschool curriculum, and often employed the teenage children of its followers. In January this lawsuit was amended to also name Bill Gothard, IBLP's founder and president until his resignation in March 2014 amid accusations that he had sexually harassed and molested dozens of teenage g … [Read more...]


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Bill Gothard’s Disturbing Slavery Apology

Bill Gothard has been accused of sexual harassment and abuse by literally dozens of women, most of whom were teens under his care at the time the incidents occurred, but while these accusations have forced him to step down from his position with the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP), they haven't prevented him from starting a new ministry, Life Purpose Power Teams. What exactly is this new ministry? The website talks a lot about rhemas, prayer, and accountability partners. According to … [Read more...]


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