HSLDA Explains Its Complicity in Child Abuse Coverup: We’re Not the Police Force of the Homeschooling Movement

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HSLDA has finally responded to The Old Schoolhouse scandal. As you may remember, this scandal involves prominent homeschool speakers and publishers Paul and Gena Suarez hiding and covering up child sexual abuse and protecting child molesters from exposure. Earlier this year Gena Suarez's sister and fellow homeschool speaker, Jenefer Igarashi, became so concerned by her sister's actions that she determined she had to do something about it and reached out to other homeschool leaders, including … [Read more...]

The Old Schoolhouse: The New Homeschool Scandal

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Right now my heart feels heavy. There are some days when I wonder if the world can actually be a good and happy place. I've written before about scandals in the Christian homeschooling movement and I've talked about the homeschool alumni reform movement of which I am a part. But some days, I just don't think it can get any worse.If you are a regular here, the name of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is familiar to you, and that of Heidi St. John, one of the most popular s … [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...]

WORLD Magazine Takes Aim and Misses

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Growing up in a conservative evangelical home, I read WORLD magazine regularly. You can think of it as a sort of evangelical Christian version of TIME magazine. It covers all the issues, both internationally and nationally, but through a conservative evangelical framework. My parents have been subscribers since before I can remember, and continue to receive the magazine today. I say all of this as background to WORLD magazine's extremely unfortunate feature article last week on the child abuse … [Read more...]

Christian Homeschooling and Child Abuse Denialism

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If you're a long-time reader, you're likely aware my series on HSLDA and child abuse, which includes their fight against child abuse reporting, their stonewalling of child abuse investigations, and their defense of child abuse. You've probably also read my viral "HSLDA: Man Who Kept Kids in Cages 'a Hero.'" If you read Homeschoolers Anonymous, you probably know that Doug Phillips, former HSLDA attorney and founder of the now-defunct Vision Forum, stated in 2009 that "We understand that the core p … [Read more...]

Stand with Virginia’s Homeschooled Children

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HSLDA recently sent an email to their members that included this line: Lobbyists who want to reduce your freedom have been visiting lawmakers urging them to support HJ 92. Will you help counteract their influence? Just who are those "lobbyists"? I happen to know because I read Ryan Stollar's blog. Last week, I had the honor of working with an amazing team of homeschool alumni (and one non-homeschooler) in Richmond, Virginia. All of us—representing ourselves and our growing alumni community, in … [Read more...]

We Were Told To Do Hard Things. Well, We Are.

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Ryan Stollar's recent blog post, "Why I Am a Radical Activist for All Things Evil," really struck a chord with me. I want to stand there by him, facing our parents and the homeschool leaders who so moulded and shaped our lives and telling them something I feel deeply, passionately. You see, I am not here in spite of what they taught me, I am here because of what they taught me, and I wish they could see that.A month before I married against my parents' wishes, I wrote my dad a letter. I … [Read more...]


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