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...]

When Every Touch Is Sexualized

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Bill Gothard has now admitted that he held hands with teenage girls in his employ, touched their feet, and caressed their hair, but he claims that none of that was sexual. I grew up in the same cohort and culture as these girls. As such, I think I need to share a bit more of my own story, because it sheds light on the significance of physical touch within purity culture. I haven't shared these things because they're quite personal and a bit embarrassing, but duty calls, so here goes.I … [Read more...]

Shorter Bill Gothard: Playing Footsie Isn’t Sexual!

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Yesterday Bill Gothard released a statement. Just as notable as what he refused to admit to is what he did admit to. Here is the relevant paragraph: This emphasis on outward appearance was also manifested by bringing selected young people to serve at the Headquarters and causing others to feel rejected and offended by my favoritism. My actions of holding of hands, hugs, and touching of feet or hair with young ladies crossed the boundaries of discretion and were wrong. They demonstrated a do … [Read more...]

Bill Gothard has resigned . . . but is that enough?

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Yesterday Bill Gothard resigned from the Institute for Basic Life Principles. As my regular readers know, Gothard has been under increased scrutiny due to accusations that he has sexually molested girls and young women for decades.More on this development from Ryan Stollar of Homeschoolers Anonymous: Last month the IBLP board placed Gothard on administrative leave. . . . There are rumors that David Gibbs, Jr. — the former president of ACE who was the longtime attorney for convicted child abu … [Read more...]


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