Journal Entry, April 1, 2010

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by Ellen cross posted from her blog When Church HurtsIf you’ve ever wondered what goes on inside the head of a person who is mired in spiritual abuse, this is an example. It is an entry from the journal that I would take to church and write in during services. This entry is from Maundy Thursday, April 1, 2010. I sat in the very back pew and observed the service. I could not participate. As you will see, I was convinced that God had completely rejected me because of the way the leadership had been treating me for about a decade. This journal entry documents the level to which spiritual abuse had taken me. As the leaders and congregation moved through the service, this is what I wrote: … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Child Training

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by Shalom Pearl Brand in No Greater Joy magazine - Steps to Obedience … [Read more...]

Part 3 – Navigating the Justice System: As a Young Adult

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by Sarah Henderson cross posted from her blog Feminist In Spite Of ThemPlease see also Navigating the Justice System Part 1: Alone at Age 9 and Navigating the Justice System: When my Parents Went to CourtWhen I was about 17, I moved out. Once it was truly clear to me that what happened in my home was abusive and not normal I decided to try to end the abuse for everyone. I started making regular calls to Children's Aid on my father. … [Read more...]

Part 2 – Navigating the Justice System: When My Parents Went to Court

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by Sarah Henderson cross posted from her blog Feminist in Spite of ThemThis part of Navigating the Justice System deals with a time in my life when my parents went to court and I didn't, but I am including it in the middle of a three part series since it hinges them together. Here is what happened when my parents went to court: … [Read more...]

Part 1 – Navigating the Justice System: Alone at Nine Years Old

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by Sarah Henderson cross posted from her blog Feminist in Spite of ThemTrigger Warning: For child abuse/neglect/mistreatmentWhen I was about 9, my parents were investigated by Children's Aid. Social workers came out to talk to us. They met with us and found out that my parents spanked as punishment - which made sense since my parents had posted "The 21 Rules of This House" next to the dining room table. They came back a … [Read more...]

Night of the Saints and the Fairies

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 by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons  I only went trick-or-treating once. I was around five years old, and my mother made me a princess costume. It came with a medieval hat with a crocheted veil, and I remember wearing that hat for days after Halloween was over, and I kept it for years as part of my “dress up” toys. At some point it disappeared– probably donated– and even though I had outgrown dress up a long time before, a part of me mourned. … [Read more...]

Not Quoting Quiverfull: Who is the Monster Here?

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by Suzanne TitkemeyerSlate magazine has a columnist named Prudence who gives advice on the things plaguing our modern world. A few weeks ago she had a doozy of a column from a member of the 1%. The lady was complaining about the less affluent children coming into her neighborhood to trick or treat.You might have already seen the letter about today's holiday, Halloween. Here's the original letter. … [Read more...]

Open Thread – Happy Halloween!

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 Okay, so we're a day early.The purpose of this open thread is to talk about how Halloween was viewed and handled in your old life or church. Was there an attempt by the old church you attended to co-opt Halloween and rebrand as something 'Christian' such as a Harvest Party or Trunk R' Treat? Or was it thought to be demonic and you were ordered to stay in a dark house praying against it or hand out Chick tracts instead of Fun Sized candy bars? … [Read more...]

What Lens Do The Duggar Kids See Through?

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by Lana Hope cross posted from her blog Wide Open Ground Recently one of the girls I once babysat called me on phone. She wanted to talk about something that happened in the past between us. I miss her and her family, but mostly, when I look back, I feel pain. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Molding Yourself To Him?

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It's that time of the year, folks, that one of six times a year when No Greater Joy magazine is published and deliciously chockablock full of dubious ideas, scripture manipulations and toxic advice.by Shoshanna Pearl Easling in No Greater Joy magazine - Becoming His Kind of Woman … [Read more...]


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