CTBHHM: Disappointed Old Failures

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by Libby AnneCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 58-59The title of this section is “Disappointed Old Failures,” and it follows last week’s section in threatening women with disaster and shipwreck if they fail to follow Debi’s advice. Or, God’s advice. Debi clearly thinks they’re they same thing. … [Read more...]

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But Bruce, Don’t Women CHOOSE to Stay in Fundamentalism?

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by Bruce GerencserIt’s not that simple.We all tend to think it is just a matter of choice or an act of the will when we see people enmeshed in Fundamentalist religions or bizarre ideologies that we have no personal experience with. … [Read more...]

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The Supposed Myth of Teenaged Adolescence

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by SamanthaI’ve talked a lot about the fundamentalist cult I was raised in, but something I don’t very frequently talk about here is my experience with the conservative religious homeschooling movement. For many people, the conservative religious homeschooling movement … [Read more...]

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This is NOT Homeschooling: Is HSLDA Part of a “Bible-Based Cult”?

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by Heather DoneyThis may be the most important and most scary post on homeschooling that I have ever written. It feels like something out of a Margaret Atwood novel and I am numb as I write this, so please bear with me. The title of this post is not rhetorical. It is a question I am actively pondering at the moment. … [Read more...]

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CTBHHM: Be Afraid, Very Afraid

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by Libby AnneCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 57-58As I’ve been making my way through Debi’s Created To Be His Help Meet, one question I’ve gotten from readers pretty regularly is “why do women buy into this?” … [Read more...]

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Adoptees: Human and Animal

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by CaluluA few weekends ago Vyckie forwarded to me a link from Mother Jones magazine involving a book written by Kathryn Joyce. Her new book is about the adopt craze among the evangelical churches and is titled "The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking and the New Gospel of Adoption" … [Read more...]

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Introducing Homeschooling’s Invisible Children

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by Heather DoneyToday I am proud to unveil a collaborative project called Homeschooling’s Invisible Children (HIC). It is a website that collects horrific abuse and neglect cases, including deaths, of children who were homeschooled or whose parents claimed to be homeschooling them. … [Read more...]

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Demanding an Answer from HSLDA

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by Heather Doney (formerly known at NLQ as Becoming Worldly)Something really interesting happened last night. The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) indirectly responded to the blogger Libby Anne’s series on how HSLDA has helped facilitate child abuse in homeschooling. First off, let me just say that I was surprised … [Read more...]

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Review: I Fired God: My Life Inside–and Escape from–the Secret World of the Independent Fundamental Baptist Cult by Jocelyn Zichterman

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by Calulu When I first received this book I chuckled over the title, “I Fired God” because it seemed both humorous and sacrilegious at the same time. Firing God? How is it even possible? I quickly found out that the author should have fired her IFB God much sooner. Before reading "I Fired God" my only knowledge of the IFB was last summer's sexual abuse incident involving IFB Pastor Jack Schaap , and the writings of former IFB Pastor Bruce Gerencser. Jocelyn … [Read more...]

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CTBHHM: How To Be an Abused Woman

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by Libby AnneCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 54-55***trigger warning***Debi starts this passage by laying out what she calls “God’s Blueprint for Marriage.” She first quotes several verses: … [Read more...]

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