Answer to my Critics: My Childhood Opened My Eyes

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by Joe Sands cross posted from his blog Incongruous Circumspection Editor's note: Some translations here. Billy Boy G is Bill Gothard, Swine Beads are Michael and Debi Pearl and Ezzo-kimos are followers of Gary Ezzo. Trigger warnings for descriptions of child abuse.Recently, I was accused of only speaking out against Billy Boy G. and his patriarchal ilk because I have a vendetta against my life as a child.  While I do not disagree that half of my childhood was pure torture, I vehemently disagree with that accusation.Here's a summing up of my childhood: … [Read more...]

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Redeeming Dinah: The Errors of Ron Williams, the IFB, and Gothard’s Esteem of Rabbinical Writing as Holy Writ

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by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from Under Much GraceEditor's note: In light of everything that has come out about the Duggar family and Josh Duggar's molestation of his sisters it might be a good thing to revisit what Bill Gothard and others connected with the IFB think about defiled females. This was originally published in 2011.On April 8th, only twelve days ago, ABC's 20/20 aired an episode entitled, Shattered Faith, which focused on the physical and sexual abuse of young women within the Independent Fundamental Baptist affiliated churches (IFB). It also mentioned the powers attributed to the use of the rod of discipline found in Proverbs and the literal translation about the … [Read more...]

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Bill Gothard Unveils “New Statement” Then Promptly Deletes It

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By R. L. Stollar - Community Coordinator of Homeschoolers Anonymous. This article is cross posted from Homeschoolers AnonymousYesterday Bill Gothard, the disgraced former leader of IBLP and ATI, unveiled a revamped website with some new additions. And then promptly deleted them.The new editions to this website were notable: First, a page of “blocked” testimonials appeared. These testimonials from former IBLP/ATI alumni were allegedly “blocked” from a unnamed website (which is obviously Recovering Grace) because they portrayed Gothard in a positive light. Second, Gothard published a “New Statement” about the sexual abuse and harassment allegations against him. An image of the “New Stat … [Read more...]

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Family Life Today: Poised to Take Over the Vacancy Left by Vision Forum Ministries

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by Suzanne TitkemeyerWhen the news of the unwanted sexual encounters between Vision Forum's Doug Phillips and Lordes Torres came out followed by the closing of both Vision Forum Ministries and their for profit Vision Forum Inc it left quite a void in the world of Christian Dominionism, Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements. Everyone speculated who would take over from the powerhouse dominionist ministry of Vision Forum. But those that might have stepped in to fill the void left by the closing of Vision Forum had their own scandals to deal with: first Bill Gothard of IBLP/ATI, who is huge in the world of homeschooling and dominionism, was accused of groping teenagers working at ATI … [Read more...]

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Not Exactly Christ’s Christianity

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by S.J. Reidhead cross posted from her blog The Pink FlamingoThe Christianity which is practiced by far too many members of the evangelical right is almost unrecognizable to what ‘evangelical’ churches practiced up until about 1978.  That was close to the cut-off point, when things began to change.  One of the very real problems is that I’m like the average Christian in this country.  I was living in a fool’s paradise.  Sure, I knew that things were getting a little flaky, but like everyone else, just chalked it up to things getting a little flaky.  Like just about everyone else, I never realized there was a very overt agenda, a planned take-over of the country, using a heretical version … [Read more...]

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Why I Cannot Support Frontline Family Ministries’ Abuse Prevention Week: Part Six – Recommended Resources

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By R.L. Stollar, HA Community Coordinator, cross posted from Homeschoolers Anonymous ***** In this series: Part One, Introduction | Part Two, Kalyn’s Secret | Part Three, Kalyn’s Secret (Continued) | Part Four, Not Open | Part Five, Unmask the Predators | Part Six, Recommended Resources | Part Seven, Conclusion ***** … [Read more...]

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Bill Gothard – New ‘Ministry’ or Same Old Same Old?

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Recently Bill Gothard announced his new project "Total Success Power Teams" Sounds like because he was forced to step down from ATI/IBLP over allegations of sexual harassment that Bill has tried to morph into another scheme/plan/ministry.Here's a little about it from Spiritual Sounding Board website. … [Read more...]

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HSLDA Gave This Man Their Prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award Just Four Years Ago

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by R.L. Stollar cross posted from Homeschoolers Anonymous Every year the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) puts on the National Leader’s Conference, where the biggest names and leaders in homeschooling come together to network and hear educational and inspirational talks from both HSLDA’s staff as well as outside speakers invited by HSLDA. During the conference, HSLDA gives an annual award: the Lifetime Achievement Award. According to HSLDA, this honor is bestowed upon “a leader who has demonstrated valuable leadership to the homeschool community, inspired and motivated others to effective action, overcome hardships and obstacles to succeed, demonstrated a servant’s heart while e … [Read more...]

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Seven Phases of a Godly (Gothard) Courtship

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love, Joy, FeminismSo I’m going to dip my toes into Bill Gothard’s Advanced Seminar Textbook once again, this time looking at a section titled “Seven Phases of a Godly Courtship” (pages 160—164). This, too, is a teaching I am unfamiliar with. Yes, I was taught courtship, but without specific “phases.” … [Read more...]

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Teaching Our Kids Religion

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by Lana Hope cross posted from her blog Wide Open GroundIn a post the other day, I mentioned that homeschoolers tend to be sheltered from secular ideas – to the extent that homeschool students are often not allowed to disagree with their parents or formulate their own opinions. The post lacked clarity in several areas. I am a graduate student and have been writing extensive term papers this month. So I rushed the post. Quite frankly, if I turned in a paper as undeveloped and unclear as that post, I’d get a bad grade. … [Read more...]

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