Michael Farris Admits He Messed Up

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Yesterday evening, Michael Farris posted the World Net Daily expose on Doug Phillips on his facebook wall. And for the first time, I actually found what he had to say encouraging---perhaps because, for the first time, I actually think Farris is sorry.And yet.Farris was quoted denouncing the now disgraced Phillips in the World Net Daily expose. In particular, Farris claimed that he and his organization, HSLDA, had long distanced themselves publicly from Phillips because they found … [Read more...]

Michael Farris, Patriarchy, and Doug Phillips: An Expose

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The article I linked earlier quotes at length from Michael Farris's reaction to Doug Phillips downfall. I thought it was worth going over that section specifically, and placing it within the context of other things I have written about Michael Farris, HSLDA, and Patrick Henry College, both to clarify the issues here and to reveal the serious dishonesty of Farris's statements.I will begin by quoting the section, and will then respond. Homeschool movement and Christian ministryBefore … [Read more...]

Patrick Henry College: Claims to be Anti-Quiverfull, Invites Quiverfull Speaker

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Patrick Henry College released a statement after the New Republic article on its mishandling of sexual assault cases (which I wrote about here). To my knowledge, this statement was released only to alumni and students, though it may have also been released more generally. You can read it here. The statement was read aloud during morning chapel, and was met with applause. What I found most interesting about this response, in line with what I discussed last week, was this bit: Some readers have … [Read more...]

Michael Farris Responds to the New Republic

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This past Sunday, before the New Republic article about the mishandling of sexual assault at Patrick Henry College, Michael Farris issued a statement on his facebook page. It was not about the upcoming article but rather a response to the growing Bill Gothard scandal, which has followed close on the heels of the Doug Phillips scandal.Even in this statement calling out their failings Farris does not name Gothard or Phillips. Indeed, some commenters (presumably homeschool parents) asked … [Read more...]

Patrick Henry College’s Sexual Assault Problem

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This morning the New Republic published Sexual Assault at God's Harvard, an article about how Patrick Henry College has handled cases of rape and assault. The article is subtitled "Patrick Henry was supposed to be a safe place. For these young women, it wasn't." In it, journalist Kiera Feldman tells the horrific story of the administration's gross mishandling of sexual assault and rape cases on the school's campus.First, a little background. HSLDA's Michael Farris founded Patrick Henry … [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...]

Oscar Nominated “Alone But Not Alone”: A Product of the Doug Phillips / Michael Farris Empire

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Alone Yet Not Alone, based on a book about two children who were kidnapped by Native Americans during the French and Indian War, was released as a movie in 2013 by Enthuse Entertainment. It showed in select theaters for only one week. This month, to everyone's surprise, it was nominated for an Oscar. I'm not interested in talking about how it got nominated, which seems to be the focus of most articles on its surprise nomination. I'm more interested in something else, and that is the connections … [Read more...]


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