Duggars are Not Crazy

by Lana Hope cross posted from her blog Wide Open GroundAfter I heard that Jessa Duggar is now courting, I’ve struggled to find words. In a way, I’m happy for her. In a way, I’m always sad to see my peers trapped in patriarchy. But in the midst of those emotions, I don’t have anything to say to Jessa. This is her life, not a cartoon on TV.  I do, however, have something to say to all her harsh critics – all the critics who mock her family, … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Church Nursery is Bad?

by Zsuzsanna Anderson, wife of Steven Anderson from her blog Are They All Yours? - Nightmarish Memories of Nursery Hell (Zsuzsanna is speaking of her time at Jack Schaap's church First Baptist Church of Hammond Indiana)FBC Hammond has a strictly enforced rule of no babies or young children in the auditorium. By strictly enforced, I mean the ushers at each door act as bouncers, and physically stop any parent from bringing young children into the main auditorium. … [Read more...]

Heather Doney Interview

Heads up! Our own SASBN member Heather Doney of the blogs Becoming Worldly, Homeschoolers Anonymous and Homeschooling's Invisible Children was interviewed on last night's Aljazeera America!Heather spoke on her own experiences being homeschooled and the inherent problems that homeschoolers often face, such as child abuse or neglect at the hands of their parents. Watch the entire interview at Aljazeera America by clicking here. … [Read more...]

Why Would Any Woman Want to be an Evangelical Christian?

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way ForwardWhy would any woman want to be a Christian? If the Bible is the Word of God, inspired by God, and every word is true, why would any modern, thinking woman ever darken the door of an Evangelical church?Over the past hundred years women have continued to gain rights and privileges kept from them by men, law, and social propriety. The right to vote. Equal pay for equal work. The right to use birth control. … [Read more...]

Sunday Shout Out – Remaking High School

Today's question is based on Mary Pride's claims in today's Quoting Quiverfull - Does public high school need to be retooled to teach basic life skills or should it stay a preparation for college? Is it a parental duty to make sure that the children in their home learn what they need to function as productive members of society? … [Read more...]

The Sinister Side of Homeschooling

by Joe Sands cross posted from his blog Incongruous Circumspection You may have heard of Michael Farris, founder of The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and Patrick Henry College.  Michael is very active in the homeschooling community and uses the advocacy power of the HSLDA to pressure governments to remove any and all regulation on those that teach their children at home. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Abolishing High School?

by Mary Pride from her website Homeschooling World - Abolish High School Those of you who are not convinced that high school is meant to be skipped might consider this:The courses taught in high school today leave out much of what is needed for survival and success in today’s world. … [Read more...]

Saturday Links: Jessa Duggar – Bloggers Sound Off

This week the thing most talked about in many of the blogs I encountered was reactions to the news that JimBob Duggar finally approved a young man to court his daughters. So here's a list of  some of our Spiritual Abuse Survivor Blogs Network bloggers and their thoughts on the news.Makes me sad for the kids how the Duggars make "Announcements" in the media about things that would normally be considered private information in most families, not an opportunities to grab the attention of the media. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: What is ‘Courting’?

The news came out yesterday that the third Duggar daughter, Jessa, was in courtship with a young man from church. Here's Ma and Pa Duggar's explanation of what Courtship is.by Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar from People Magazine and ABC News. Jim Bob explains: "Courting is getting to know each other in a group setting, both families spending time together and the couple setting goals together to determine if they are meant to marry. With dating, a couple will often pair off alone and that sometimes leads to a more physical relationship." … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: In Which Debi Pearl Explains…

...how linking To Train Up a Child to the death of Hana Grace Williams is the same as Hitler's Big Lie.by Debi Pearl from No Greater Joy Ministries -   A Call to Stand Hitler’s propagandists used one of Satan’s choice tools to pull off the biggest crime toward mankind in the history of the world. They used a lie. They taught that if you tell a lie and keep repeating it enough, people will eventually come to believe it. And when they believe—truly believe—it will turn them into activists who will bring it to pass. … [Read more...]