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by Ellen cross posted from her blog When Church HurtsHas anyone else seen the parallels between Elsa and their own experience with spiritual abuse?I first saw the movie just days after being tossed out of our church and I sat there in tears and in awe as I watched Elsa make the “mistake” of hurting her sister while she was using her incredible gift to create joy and delight.She then is shut up, not allowed to use her gift any longer and she is told she cannot tell anyone what is happening to her. … [Read more...]

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Day 17 of 21 Days of Healing: How To Respond

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by Ellen cross posted from her blog When Church HurtsHis mercies are new every morning.  (Brain work.)Day 17A few days a go I attended a conference for teachers in my discipline – music. Of course, the first person I ran into is a life-long member of the church that tossed me out last December. In fact, because she divorced several years ago, she no longer serves in any capacity. (He had an affair and refused church or any other kind of counseling. The wife did everything she could to save their marriage. But I digress.) “I haven’t seen you in a long time!” she exclaimed. And because she was with another woman whom I did not know, I simply replied, “Oh, like all of us, I’ve been v … [Read more...]

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Fundamentalist Homeschooling Christmas: A Video of What My Mom Gave Me For Christmas

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by Lana Hope cross posted from her blog Wide Open Ground We never did much for Christmas as a kid, and in many ways, I’m glad. I’ve never felt that rushing around in mobs to buy gifts for western people who have it all is a particular worthy use of time and resources. I don’t have a problem with gifts, decorations, or good food, but right now, traffic is lethal in my town, enough to awaken me to the realization that my parents were at least partially correct. Instead of writing a post about what Christmas is like in a fundie family, I just made a short one-minute video of what my mom sent me for Christmas this year. It really says it all. Mom lives in her own homeschool world. Instead of se … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Fashion is a Religious Statement of Worldview?

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by Kelly Reins from Ladies Against Feminism - Fashion Design, Intelligent DesignThe ladies of Ladies Against Feminism are giving the idea of clothing a great deal more meaning and power than the average person does.  … [Read more...]

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How Fundamentalist Christians Ruin Christmas

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser on Dec. 20, 2014Now that I am no longer a Christian, I really enjoy Christmas. I know this might be hard for some to believe, but I enjoy Christmas now more than I ever did when I was a card-carrying member of Club Christian®. The reason is simple. From Thanksgiving to New Years, there were services to prepare, food drives to coördinate, and season-themed sermons to preach. Like the Easter season, Christmas was a high stress, lots of work, time for me. Quite frankly, I found it exhausting and rarely did I have time to enjoy Christmas.And of course, Christmas was that time of year when it was my duty to … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Nancy Steals Hanukkah Day 7

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by Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies - The True LightIn which Nancy links lack of light to rebellious disobedient children. … [Read more...]

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Duggar Style Merry Christmas!

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We here at No Longer Quivering wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year! May you not have to have awkward conversations with the still religious members of your family over turkey and presents. May you not be triggered by anything associated with the holiday! May you get at least one thing you really wanted under your Christmas tree.  … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Nancy Steals Hanukkah Day 6

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by Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies - The Way to Victory!(Editor's note - emphasis mine)Usual Nancy "Don't Complain"  rhetoric couched in Jewish holiday terms.  … [Read more...]

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More Jill and Jessa Feud Rumors/Speculation

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Not saying any of this is true, mostly because it's from unnamed 'insiders' and posted only at media outlets that don't have a reputation for truth. But here it is,  just in time for your Christmas Eve. Below are this week's media stats for each sister.What I wouldn't doubt is that this is all part of poppa Jim Bob Duggar's plan to keep all things Duggar in the news. If Jim Bob is manipulating them, and the media then that doesn't say anything positive about him. But I hope that's all this is, media spin, not sisters fighting to retain the spotlight. … [Read more...]

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Part 1 – Call Me Crazy: the Gaslighting of Homeschool Abuse Survivors

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by Heather Doney cross posted from her blog Becoming WorldlyEditor's note: This is part one of two. At some point during posting this the last half didn't come over so the post has been split in two to correct this and because of the lengthiness of the original article. Part two will be posted on December 29th. Last week my Dad diagnosed me with bipolar disorder. Maybe this could have explained a few things, and no doubt he would like to think it does, except for one uncomfortable fact. I do not have bipolar disorder. I still see a counselor and I previously saw another one for two years and I’m pretty sure that if I had bipolar disorder, one of them would have told me. … [Read more...]

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