An Open Letter to Duggar Defenders

Michelle Duggar being awarded Vision Forum’s Mother of the Year with Beale and Doug Phillips

by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love, Joy FeminismMore than two years ago I wrote a blog post titled My Concerns about the Duggars. To this day it continues getting hundreds of hits daily, along with the random comment. Probably half of the comments left on it defend the Duggars as upright, responsible people raising healthy, well-adjusted young people. These comments often lash out against me, calling me bitter and so forth. I’ve often thought of responding to these comments with further blog posts, but so far I haven’t.Today that changes. This post consists of four parts, which deal with the Duggars’ subculture,  the argument that they are happy so nothing must be wrong, th … [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...]

It Would Have Been Easier

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by AJ cross posted from her blog I Am PhoenixIt would have been easier if my father had just been a regular old sicko who committed incest. I think I wouldn't have been as mad if he was just a regular joe pervert who also was abusive.It’s the way he used Christianity as his cover to hide the abuse, as well as using Christianity as his weapon to threaten us into not speaking of it, that makes me angry. Also, that he had all of us believing that the abuse was God approved makes me even angrier. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: The Four Points of Obedience For The Duggar Kids?

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From page 44 of the book "Growing Up Duggar" in a section on why children being obedient in all things to the parents is important. Obedience must be:Instant. We answer with an immediate, prompt, "Yes ma'am!" or "Yes, sir!" as we set out to obey. (This response is important to let the authority know you heard what he or she asked you to do and that you are going to get it done as soon as possible.) Delayed obedience is really disobedience. Cheerful.  No grumbling or complaining. Instead, we respond with a cheerful "I'd be happy to!" Thorough. We do our best, complete the task as explained, and leave nothing out. No lazy shortcuts! Unconditional. No excuses,. No, 'That's not my … [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...]

News: Bill Gothard Cleared of Criminal Behavior

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Surprise, surprise, the board investigation into the alleged sexual harassment and abuse of the young ladies working at Bill Gothard's ministry, ATI, says that what Bill did was 'inappropriate' but not 'criminal'This is according to the Chicago media outlet the Chicago Sun-Times - Ex-head of religious group acted inappropriately, not criminally: investigation A board investigation of the former president of a controversial Oak Brook-based religious and home-schooling organization, who resigned following allegations he sexually harassed teen girls, concluded he acted in an “inappropriate manner.” … [Read more...]

Seven Phases of a Godly (Gothard) Courtship

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love, Joy, FeminismSo I’m going to dip my toes into Bill Gothard’s Advanced Seminar Textbook once again, this time looking at a section titled “Seven Phases of a Godly Courtship” (pages 160—164). This, too, is a teaching I am unfamiliar with. Yes, I was taught courtship, but without specific “phases.” … [Read more...]

Coming Out of the Cult Closet

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by AJ cross posted from her blog I Am PhoenixThe last year has been full of shifts, most of them tumultuous, but most of them ending up being quite positive. In the actual moment, each change didn't feel positive. It felt like I was wearing skin that didn't fit me anymore, and I was trying to wrestle out of it. Much like a critter shedding it's old skin. Painful, itchy, uncomfortable, exhausting. But then each time I shed an old layer, it felt great afterwards to relax and sit in the sun, so to speak with spanking new skin that felt all new and glowing. … [Read more...]

News: Bill Gothard’s Mea Culpa

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A statement from Bill Gothard has gone up on his website in the last 24 hours in which he attempts to explain himself. I have withheld this statement in order to honor the request of the Board of Directors to wait until an initial review has taken place. As the review continues, I now want to make this statement.God has brought me to a place of greater brokenness than at any other time in my life. It is a grief to realize how my pride and insensitivity have affected so many people. I have asked the Lord to reveal the underlying causes and He is doing this. … [Read more...]

News: Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar To Speak At ATI Conferences

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from Stargasm.com - Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar Slated to Speak at ATI Conferences Despite Sexual Abuse ScandalApparently ATI's attempt to paper over the allegations of sexual abuse by former leader Bill Gothard is to get the Bates and the Duggars to speak at their conferences. Nonetheless, it’s apparent that many IBLP and ATI followers — including the Duggars — are still committed to the programs. In fact, according to the newly released “2014 Family Conference Guide” for ATI and IBLP followers, Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle Duggar are slated to speak at three upcoming national conferences. … [Read more...]


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