Christian Homeschooling and Child Abuse Denialism

Child Abuse Industry

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 … [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 … [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...]

HSLDA Opposes Measure to Reduce School Violence

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I just came upon an Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) legislative alert about a pending bill in Mississippi. Here is their summary: Summary: This bill would create the Safe2Tell Program whereby students and members of the community could make anonymous reports about the safety and welfare of school students. Broadly applied, this legislation would permit anyone to make such a report against a homeschooling family. This would also encourage the making of false reports and result … [Read more...]

A Home for Benjamin and Skye: Adopted into Hell

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A Guest Post by Selah Hayes Selah Hayes blogs at Selah's Muse My name is Selah Hayes. I am a homeschool graduate and the oldest of 6. I am worried about the wellbeing of my two adopted siblings, who are twenty years younger than me. Several years ago I contacted CPS about my concerns, but the situation has remained unresolved due to what I believe to be the involvement of HSLDA, as there very little likelihood my parents would secure any other lawyers when they are already HSLDA members. For a … [Read more...]

Just Whose “Freedom” Is HSLDA Defending?

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"Call Now to Thwart Attack on Faith-Based Homeschooling" is the title of the most recent HSLDA "elert," an email calling the organization's membership to action. With this title, HSLDA begins its call to action with a lie. No one has attacked faith-based homeschooling. No one has called for the curtailing of faith-based homeschooling. Indeed, no one has challenged faith-based homeschooling in the slightest. What is at stake is not faith-based homeschooling, but rather a religious exemption that … [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...]


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