Dear Michael Farris, Sexual Abuse Isn’t A “Basic Strength” That “Can Get Out Of Control

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by R.L. Stollar cross posted from Homeschoolers Anonymous “You have planted wickedness and harvested a thriving crop of sins. You have eaten the fruit of lies — trusting in your own way, believing that your great armies could make your nation safe.” ~ Hosea 10:13 ***** On Sunday, HSLDA’s Michael Farris made his first public statement on the recent controversies surrounding Doug Phillips’s clergy sexual abuse and Bill Gothard’s sexual child abuse. … [Read more...]

Bill Gothard: When People Know…and Do Nothing

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy Feminism (Editor's note: You may notice that we are featuring two of Libby Anne's posts on one day. It's because here on Valentine's Day I am celebrating Love For Libby Anne day as well. She's always thoughtful, articulate and well-written. If you're not acquainted with her many excellent posts I would encourage you to spent some time in the next few days reading through her archives. We love you Libby Anne!) … [Read more...]

What Was It Really?

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From the long dead blog X-ATI Girl's BlogToo fascinating not to post here.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dear X-ATI Girl,Please advise.  Recently someone asked me the question: what is ATI?It’s hard for me to ponder the question ‘what is ATI’ because I guess I really don’t know myself.  (Why, it’s the Advanced Training Institute.  Training in what?  Well I’m not sure actually…) … [Read more...]

Bill Gothard, Sexual Predator

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy Feminism and from Homeschoolers AnonymousBill Gothard has been a big name in the Christian homeschooling movement since its very inception.Gothard runs the Advanced Training Institute (ATI) and the Institute for Basic Life Principles (IBLP), puts on family life seminars, and produces curriculum and “wisdom booklets” used by Christian homeschooling families across the country, including the Duggars (Bill Gothard himself spoke at Josh Duggar’s sister-in-law’s wedding, which was featured on the Duggars’ television show). Gothard’s influence in the Christian homeschooling world likely eclipses that enjoyed until recently by Doug Phillips, … [Read more...]

What Is Rape Culture?

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by Suzanne Calulu cross posted from her blog True Love Doesn't RapeBuzzfeed.com had an awesome article today laying out exactly what Rape Culture actually is. They even had photos to illustrate the problem and that song by Robin Thicke that is a perfect example of rape culture and the lack of informed consent - Blurred Lines.If you haven't seen the video or heard the song here it is. Not safe for work. … [Read more...]

ATI’s Bill Gothard Sexually Harrassed ATI Workers?

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by CaluluFor 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...]

Mom’s Cycle Was on the Family Calender

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by Lana Hope cross posted from her blog Wide Open GroundI did not realize it was a homeschool thing. Or just a conservative thing. Or unique to some families.I thought almost every man er family tracked mom’s cycle, and all the daughter’s cycles too.Libby Anne recently wrote a post on Charting Your (Wife’s) Monthy Cycle. Here’s what she says: [Michael Pearl] recently advised young husbands to track their wives’ cycles so they would know in advance when their wives were … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Forbidden Fruit

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by Bill Gothard of ATI from his site billgothard.com - Conquering Temptations: Looking at "Forbidden Fruit" "Forbidden fruit" appeals to the lusts of our flesh, the lusts of our eyes, or the pride of life. "All that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world" (1 John 2:16). … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Don’t Work With Men as Equals?

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by Bill Gothard of ATI/Vision Forum (If not personally written by Bill he has approved the message)  "While unmarried women may have more flexibility in applying the principle that women were created for a domestic calling, it is not the ordinary and fitting role of women to work alongside men as their functional equals in public spheres of dominion … [Read more...]

Lana Hope’s Story

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Please join me in welcoming Lana Hope to our Spiritual Abuse Survivor Blogs Network!by Lana Hope. She blogs at Wide Open Ground  I grew up in the Deep South. In our rural homeschool community homeschoolers were a scarcity, with miles between families, so homeschool came somewhat isolating, by default. Our first year of homeschooling was the best of my homeschool memories – at least in my foggy memory. Our math textbook included counting ducks. We went on loads of fieldtrips and had hands on learning. There was no legalism or spiritual abuse in our house. I even had a troll party for my 7th birthday. Trolls. … [Read more...]


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