Behind The Mask: Why We Join Patriarchy & Mask Our True Selves

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by Suzanne Titkemeyer cross posted from her blog True Love Doesn't Rape Have you ever asked yourself exactly how women get into fundamentalist-patriarchy Christianity and why they stay? What emotional payoff are they getting? What drives the desire to completely immerse oneself into a system that devalues you as a human? Giving up all autonomy for the sake of male rule? … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Getting Busier Cures Depression?

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From No Greater Joy -When You Need a Miracle by Erin Harrison During those black years I felt it would never end. Maybe you didn’t bring into your marriage the baggage I did, and maybe your husband is a mean, lazy jerk or even a pervert, but pity, despair and bitterness will not set you free from your own state of nothingness, lack of productivity, wanting of challenge, or any real rewards. Do you know what I am talking about—working and never seeing the end … [Read more...]

Forced To Believe In Jesus or How Not To Do A Salvation Call

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by Suzanne Calulu cross posted from her blog Seeking The Light Trigger Warning for spiritual abuse and manipulation There's an interesting debate going on at Bruce Gerencser's blog: The Way Forward. Part of me has been enjoying watching Bruce's readers point out to some roving internet Pastor his incorrect conclusions. Gives me something to do while I'm stuck with my right leg enrobed in a brace, propped up and covered with it's own winter wonderland of ice in a bag. Stillness is so boring. One of Bruce's critics, Pastor Bob, is very busy painting all of the readers and commenters with a paint roller dipped in Sherwin William's newest shade - "Atheist" and issuing 'Come To Jesuses' … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Give or it Will be Ripped From You?

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by Bambi from the blog In The Nursery of the Nation - Motherhood and the Paradox of Dying to Live There are days of motherhood, long seasons even, that are quite laborious.  And if you are like me, motherhood brought about the first time you were ever really tested in this matter of laying down your life.  Took me a long time to realize that the things motherhood took from me while I was still resentful of it, was not true sacrifice. I would keep a mental tally of just how many bottoms I wiped, how many corrections I had given and just how long it took me to get school done that day. How many … [Read more...]

Church Statistics and Abuse

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by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons [trigger warning for child sexual abuse, rape, domestic violence] I’m not entirely sure when it happened, but from the reading I’ve been doing, sometime in the last 30 or so years there’s been a subtle shift in how churches talk about growth. What my reading tells me is that this is at least somewhat connected to the rise of the “mega church,” with it becoming impossible for pastoral staffs to simply look around their churches and understand who their congregation is. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Super Bowl Commercials Satan’s Plan?

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From various Youtube accounts posted here as more as a cautionary tale to where extreme fundamentalism can lead your mind..... … [Read more...]

ATI’s Bill Gothard Sexually Harrassed ATI Workers?

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by Calulu For the past few days I've been reading through the accounts by ladies who'd worked with Bill Gothard, ATI's founder and venerated head, over at Recovered Grace. They all give very similar versions of their time with Bill, being inappropriately touched, and treated with a creepy flirtatiousness. … [Read more...]

The Homeschool Lobby Now Has Public School Children In Its Crosshairs Too

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by R.L. Stollar cross posted from his blog Homeschoolers Anonymous (Editorial note: Thanks for all the hard work you and others do to ensure homeschooled children have as many protections as public schooled children! R.L. Stollar and HARO deserve a round of applause for their recent work in Virginia. Attaboy and keep it up!) By R.L. Stollar, HA Community Coordinator I am getting tired of all the parentsplaining. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Defending The Pearls and “To Train Up a Child”?

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by Paige Coleman of Delivering Women From the Snares of Death blog - Pearls Before Swine For those of you who left nasty comments online, please be adequately informed before you raise your voice in protest. Humbly consider what you say to your children and what you say to others.  If you call for the banning of “To Train up a Child” because of the actions of those who read it, then by following your own logic, I could call for the banning of the examiner’s website.  After all, the author of the article clearly provoked you to anger.  Let’s blame him instead of you!  If Michael Pearl is responsible for Carri Williams’ anger, then the examiner (sic) is responsible for yours. … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Pick a Girl with Low Self-Esteem (Yes Really)

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy Feminism Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 140-141 In the coming pages, we will discuss how we need to cook, clean, take care of your children, etc. These are important and necessary, but the buck always stops right here at the action word reverence. A man will allow his woman many, many faults, as long as he knows that she thinks he is great. If she will just look into his face with adoration, if she is thankful to him for loving her, he will adore her. She can dress awful, be grossly overweight, have terrible hair, not cook so well, be a little lazy and dumb, and not be one bit pretty, but if she will just think and show that he is … [Read more...]


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