Why Is the NRA Ignoring This 14-Year-Old Girl Jailed for Shooting Her Abusive Father?

So, guns. Gun rights advocates argue that protecting private gun ownership is important, because it is important to ensure that private citizens are able to protect themselves against threats. Except---wait a minute---what's that? A 14-year-old girl is behind bars, facing aggravated murder charges for killing her father, but her family says she did it to protect her mother and her family. Huh. Maybe there's more to the story? With tears flowing down her face, Brandi Meadows told the Fox 8 … [Read more...]


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Pensacola Christian College Too, and Why I Care

In the wake of stories of mishandling sexual assault at Bob Jones University and Patrick Henry College comes this: Samantha Field was a student at Pensacola Christian College in 2009, when she claims to have suffered repeated physical and sexual assaults—including two alleged rapes—by her ex-fiancé, a fellow student. Thanks to the school’s strict morality code, which doesn’t allow men and women to use the same elevators, much less be alone in the same room, Samantha was reluctant to report her s … [Read more...]


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

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...]


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Michael Farris Responds to the New Republic

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...]


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Patrick Henry College’s Sexual Assault Problem

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...]


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

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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Patrick Henry College’s Faith & Reason Lecture: Rape, Domestic Violence, and Child Abuse Denialism

[Trigger warning for rape, assault, and sexual harassment denialism]This past Friday, Stephen Baskerville delivered Patrick Henry College's annual (and mandatory) Faith & Reason lecture (you can read the full text here). Baskerville has been a professor of government at Patrick Henry College since 2007. Patrick Henry College, as you may remember if you are a regular reader, was founded by Michael Farris (founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association). Farris' desire was to educate a … [Read more...]


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