Quoting Quiverfull: Bitter Rooms or Silencing Techniques?

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from Growing Up Duggar page 155 Harmful GossipOne other big issue we've witnessed in the social media world is that some people get hooked on reading gossip and then post their own slanderous statements about others, whom they sometimes don't even know. Or they post something they would never say to that person face-to-face. It comes across as though those posters have nothing better to do with their time. … [Read more...]

This is What Child Abusers Look Like in Homeschooling Communities

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by R. L. Stollar cross posted from Homeschoolers AnonymousWe like to think that we know what child abusers look like. That we can pick them out of the crowd based on their creepy mustaches, darkly-tinted cargo vans, or their giant, thick-rimmed glasses.But those stereotypes are just that: stereotypes.And like all stereotypes, they fall tragically short. The fact is, child abusers are not Others. They do not walk around with signs that say, “Monster.” They are able to violate our trust — and children’s lives and bodies and minds — because we trust them. Which means they have our trust, because they are a part of our community. They are friends and family and teachers and loved ones … [Read more...]

Not Quoting Quiverfull: What Happens to the Preyed Upon?

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Remember that awful mea culpa of the youth pastor who'd been caught committing statutory rape with girl at his church as published in Christianity Today? The furor was so immediate and passionate that the story was eventually removed from all media outlets that published it.Now someone who was taken advantage by a youth pastor as an under legal age young woman with body image issues has stepped forward to tell what it's like to be on the receiving end of a sexual predator in t … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Bill Gothard and Doug Phillips are like ‘Surrogate Daddies’ not Sexual Predators?

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by Nathaniel Darnell from Persevero News - Of Men and Megalomanics(It must be noted that Nathaniel Darnell also worked at Vision Forum for some years with Doug Phillips. Covering for sexual predators is an ongoing problem in ministries and churches.)Is it possible that some of the accusations being made against Mr. Gothard (and other surrogate daddies) are due to his assuming a “daddy” role in the life of many of the young ladies that came to his ministry and talking to them about various intimate things, or treating them in various intimate ways that might would have been appropriate for a father (but not necessarily appropriate for a non-relative)? … [Read more...]

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...]


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