Speaking Up About Sexual Abuse

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by AJ cross posted from her blog I Am PhoenixI am at the point in my life now where for the last several months, I have felt safe enough to process the past.  Although I was sexually abused when I was a child, I didn’t tell my family then or as an adult. I kept quiet because I was threatened with hell and the devil when I was a kid. I was so traumatized, I pushed most of the memories away and didn’t think about them for over 30 years. Now that I haven't been a Christian for over a year, I've lost my fear of hell and devil, and I finally feel unthreatened and able to process the abuse. … [Read more...]

News: This Week in Christian Abuse, Perversion and Extremism

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way ForwardMarvelous Grace Girls AcademyMy friend, Teresa Frye sent me the following press release about Marvelous Grace Girls Academy:FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOKALOOSA COUNTY FLORIDA JUDGE DISREGARDS FLORIDA CUSTODY/VISITATION ORDER, RESULTING IN MINOR CHILD’S CONFINEMENT IN CONFIRMEDLY ABUSIVE FLORIDA FACILITYAn Okaloosa County Judge’s refusal today to uphold a custody/visitation order presented to him is preventing a mother who traveled from Nevada from being with her 14 yr. old child. The child is unwillingly held and allegedly being hidden from her mother and local law enforcement at the Marvelous Grace Girls Acad … [Read more...]

The Duggar Family and ATI (plus disgraced leader Bill Gothard)

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by Lana Hope cross posted from her blog Wide Open GroundI recently read through the book The Duggars: 20 and Counting. I remember meeting the Duggars  at an ATI homeschool conference about 15 years ago.  Because I grew up under the same program the Duggars are involved in, there were a lot of ATI lines that jumped out at me in the book. I am talking blatant Bill Gothard, ATI, IBLP lines. (If you don’t know the acronym, they are fancy words for Gothard’s Christian programs and seminars.) Here they go. … [Read more...]

From Thrift Shops to Trendy Boutiques: Jill Duggar’s Wedding Dress Search

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by Suzanne Titkemeyer or "How The Duggars Have Changed Very Dramatically Since Fame"Remember all those times when the Duggars said 'why pay retail when you can buy used and save the difference' and poor Anna sewing her wedding dress and all the dresses of the attendants for her wedding and all the tales of fashionable thrift shop finds that the girls always clothe themselves in? It seems that has now been abandoned. Apparently saving money is much less high a priority. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Nudity in Entertainment is Always Porn?

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by John Piper from his blog Desiring God - 12 Questions to Ask Before You Watch "Game of Thrones" A day later, Adam emailed to ask: “Pastor John, what would you say to a Christian who watches the cable TV show Game of Thrones?” This is a television series rated TV-MA, and has become rather infamous for its explicit nudity and sex scenes, and for graphic scenes of rape and sexual violence against women.Game of Thrones is now the most popular series in HBO history, with an average audience of more than 18 million viewers.What follows is a slightly edited transcript of John Piper’s response in today’s episode of Ask Pastor John. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Who Exactly is the Psycho Here?

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by Jeramy Anderson from Persevero News - Pagan Labels and Their Consequence Don’t succumb to a label like “bi-polar” or “multi-personality disorder.” Rather, seek for His Kingdom, and then He will give you clarity to be who you were created to be. That is made in the image of God for His worship. Trusting in His Sovereignty frees men from the yo-yo of regular sporadic emotional stints. Yes, we do enter times of grieving during great loss, and the pressures of work and family life often seem to crush our very souls, yet the Sovereign God who created us gives the repentant regenerate Christian joy and the peace that passes all understanding no matter the crises. Read the piece in its entirety … [Read more...]

Patriarchs Behaving Badly: Who Would Jesus Pee On?

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This weekend Ralph Reed's Faith and Freedom Coalition held a big conference in the Washington DC area at the Omni Shoreham Hotel - The Road to Majority conference which was described by one journalist as: "a large group of white conservative Christians gathered in a large hotel and whipped into an ideological frenzy over their mutual hatred of all things Obama" … [Read more...]

News: Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard Married Today!

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From People Magazine (who undoubtedly had a reporter there since they are so Duggar-friendly)  - Jill Duggar Marries Derick Dillard Before a congregation of more than 1,000 family and friends at the Cross Church in her hometown of Springdale, Arkansas, Jill Duggar married Derick Dillard – and sealed their wedding vows with their very first kiss. Is it a slow news day when they interview the ten year old brother of the bride? Also has Duggar Pere abandoned the idea of 'home church'? … [Read more...]

When Evangelicalism Makes Things Easy For Sexual Offenders – and Hard for Their Victims

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love, Joy FeminismEvangelical teachings on repentance and forgiveness create a tremendous problem when it comes to rape or other forms of abuse. If you commit a sin and repent of it, God forgives you. I remember hearing Psalm 103:12 quoted constantly: “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Of course, this was always said in a positive way—isn’t it awesome that God forgives us no matter what? But it doesn’t must mean God forgives us. It also means God forgives rapists, child molesters, and so on—fully and completely.I was taught that bringing up sins that someone had already repented for was wron … [Read more...]

News: Bill Gothard Cleared of Criminal Behavior

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Surprise, surprise, the board investigation into the alleged sexual harassment and abuse of the young ladies working at Bill Gothard's ministry, ATI, says that what Bill did was 'inappropriate' but not 'criminal'This is according to the Chicago media outlet the Chicago Sun-Times - Ex-head of religious group acted inappropriately, not criminally: investigation A board investigation of the former president of a controversial Oak Brook-based religious and home-schooling organization, who resigned following allegations he sexually harassed teen girls, concluded he acted in an “inappropriate manner.” … [Read more...]


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