I Love My Country, But I Can’t be Patriotic Anymore

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 by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsThis Fourth of July, I have a confession to make.I used to wake up every Independence Day morning with "God Bless America" on my lips.  I used to feel a thrill of excitement and reverence when I faced the flag and pledged allegiance, when I put my hand over my heart and sang along with The Star-Spangled Banner.I still say the Pledge.  I still put my hand over my heart, and I still sing the National Anthem. I still love America. … [Read more...]

Happy 4th of July: Why We All Need To Get Out and Vote: Quoting Quiverfull

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Since it's the 4th and we're all busy grilling or whatever today's posting is an open thread to talk about whatever you'd like and will be today's only post. Enjoy the day and be truly terrified by the political vision of the Duggar Family. Good reason to go out and vote in every election. Imagine a country run only by the morals of Bill Gothard and the Duggars.by the Duggar girls pages 181 through 182 from "Growing Up Duggar" Some people think Christians should stay out of the political arena, but we strongly disagree. Our family believes faith and politics should go hand in hand, and we've seen countless examples of how that happens. For example, earlier this year, the Arkansas … [Read more...]

News: Hobby Lobby Funded Bill Gothard!

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One of the strangest stories to come out of Hobby Lobby's fight with the Obama administration over their religious right to not cover birth control expenses through their employee insurance program is the fact that Hobby Lobby is closely linked to Bill Gothard and his Advanced Training Institute!From Mother Jones - Hobby Lobby Funded Disgraced Fundamentalist Leader Accused of Harassing Dozens of Women According to the 79-year-old Gothard, the Greens and Hobby Lobby—which this week won a landmark Supreme Court case with a decision ruling that the firm does not have to adhere to the Obamacare mandate requiring companies to cover contraception in their employee health plans—have supported t … [Read more...]

The Old Schoolhouse Says Child Molestation Allegations “Are False”, Insinuates Possibility of Legal Retaliation

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by R. L. Stollar cross posted from Homeschoolers AnonymousLast week we reported that Paul and Gena Suarez, owners of the “global homeschooling company” The Old Schoolhouse, have been accused by a former key employee of (1) allegedly protecting several known child predators and (2) shaming and silencing members of their community who tried to stand up and do the right thing. Yesterday Hännah Ettinger covered the story on Patheos as well: “Publishers of Christian Homeschooling Magazine Exposed for Protecting Child Abuser.” It has also been claimed that David Gibbs III — who is involved in the mediation process between the abuser’s family and the victim’s family — allegedly told the victim’s … [Read more...]

What I’d Like to See From Hollywood

How about a strong female lead that isn't 'evil' or a 'princess'?

by Kristen Rosser cross posted from blog Wordgazer's WordsThis week I came across an interesting article, We're Losing All Our Strong Female Characters to Trinity Syndrome.  The author, Tasha Robinson, names this Hollywood phenomenon after the female character "Trinity" in The Matrix: [T]he Strong Female Character With Nothing To Do [like Valka in DreamWorks’ How To Train Your Dragon 2] is becoming more and more common. The Lego Movie is the year’s other most egregious and frustrating example. It introduces its female lead, Elizabeth Banks’ Wyldstyle, as a beautiful, super-powered, super-smart, ultra-confident heroine who’s appalled by how dumb and hapless protagonist Emmet is. Then the … [Read more...]

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...]


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