August 23, 2011

Vision Forum (a homeschool publisher and major Christian patriarchy advocate) teaches that daughters are to obey their fathers and accept their authority over them until they marry, and that they are then to do the same with their husbands. Vision Forum claims that God speaks to a woman through her male authority, and that her male authority is her protection. Finally, Vision Forum teaches that a woman’s sphere is in the home, and not outside of it. And Vision Forum claims… Read more

August 22, 2011

Earlier today I came upon an excerpt from lawyer Rena Lindevaldsen’s new book, Only One Mommy. In it, Lindevaldsen explains how people become gay. “For men with temperaments that predispose them to same-sex attractions, two key factors are (i) the lack of a strong father-son bond, and (ii) same-sex abuse as a child. For women, two key life factors are (i) the lack of a healthy relationship between mom and dad and (ii) sexual abuse (primarily opposite-sex) as a child.”… Read more

August 21, 2011

Today I watched this video. It is a talk at a Secular Student Alliance conference by high school student Jessica Ahlquist. It’s weird, if I had watched this video even five or ten years ago, I would have looked at her and seen myself; I would have seen Jessica on the level of a peer. Today, I look at her and see my daughter; I see Jessica as part of a younger generation. And so, watching Jessica, I thought of my… Read more

August 18, 2011

CNN has investigated the case of Lydia Schatz, spanked to death by her parents following the Pearls’ methods. The Pearls defense is as follows (for full text see here): It has come to may attention that a vocal few are decrying our sensible application of the Biblical rod in training up our children. I laugh at my caustic critics, for our properly spanked and trained children grow to maturity in great peace and love. Numbered in the millions, these kids… Read more

August 17, 2011

I’m thinking about starting a new series here on my blog consisting simply of snippits from my research and studies that I think my readers might find interesting. So today you get a section from Julia Grant’s Raising Baby by the Book (page 15) on the transition from extensive to intensive mothering: For seventeenth- and eighteenth-century colonial American women, child rearing was only one of a multitude of tasks shared by neighbors and kin. With the help of older children,… Read more

August 15, 2011

I was taught that every human has a hole in his or her heart that only Jesus can fill. My parents told me that everyone who wasn’t a Christian – a true Christian, that is – leads a miserable, unfulfilled life. The only thing that could make a person happy, I learned, was Jesus. I looked forward to ministering to those who didn’t understand the gospel message. How hard could it be to convert people, I wondered, when they led… Read more

August 13, 2011

Realizing that Young Earth Creationism (YEC) was wrong was the first step on my journey out of my parents’ beliefs. My parents made YEC the center of their beliefs, and taught me that everything else rests upon it. I studied YEC in detail beginning when I was about twelve, and I was convinced of its truth and of the falsehood of evolution. When I came to college, however, I engaged in debate on this topic with other students I knew…. Read more

August 12, 2011

First, Rethinking Vision Forum has moved from blogspot to wordpress and is now located at rethinkingvisionforum.wordpress.com. You should really go check it out, because it has lots of neatly organized information! Second, Rethinking Vision Forum has become even more collaborative as numerous individuals have been eager and enthusiastic about letting us republish their articles and posts. Several individuals have offered excellent ideas for the future and even offered to do future posts for the site. We are extremely thankful! Third,… Read more

August 11, 2011

Kudos to blogger Leanna of Life on the Hill. She lives in Kentucky and homeschooles her children, and she has just come out as an atheist. Her story embodies so much of what I have thought and felt, as well as my philosophy on children and religion. Here are some excerpts from her coming out post: I have often tiptoed around stating my lack of religious beliefs because, like many people in a minority, I fear being shunned and judged…. Read more

August 10, 2011

Last week my husband and I saw a movie on campus. As usual, we brought our little daughter Sally with us. She behaved very well, sometimes sitting beside me, sometimes nursing, sometimes walking up and down the stairs (we sat by the aisle). When the movie finished we got up and prepared to go. Sally, it’s time to go home now. No! Stairs, walk stairs! No Sally, it’s time to go home now. I was tired and wanted to get… Read more

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