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"It goes to show that the kids that you abuse today, those are the ones that are going to kick you down tomorrow. We were abused by Agape but we weren’t scared.” @RobertBucklin8

Updates in 🧵

Ty @Batmanda4ever @ColtonSchrag @EmAdams83690418 + others too…
Agape has a long history of alleged abuse.

"All 10 substantiated preponderance of evidence claims against Agape involved findings of physical abuse. Those 10 substantiated claims are the only ones reported by the state since 2006."
#endtti #shutdownagape…
A 1pm hearing today was set to determine the fate of #Agape but reports from @RobertBucklin8 and @Batmanda4ever indicate this has been moved to Monday morning. Will update as I learn more.

#troubledteenindustry #mopol #shutdownagape #endtti
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#ExposeChristianSchools is the hashtag to look at now.

I was once enrolled in an independent fundamentalist baptist school due to it being the "cheapest" private school my parents could afford.

A result of a mass disinvestment from Florida's public school system.
That school, Westwood, has official ties to Bob Jones University, the infamous unaccredited college that held onto a ban against interracial dating till 2006.

This school also had a majority of Latine brown students.
In schools like this, Christian schools all, queer kids are
forced into the closet and made to hear about how unnatural and hated they are every. Single. Day.

The teachers in these schools often teach outright lies about History, Science, and English.
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Hahaha I could write several papers on the nonsense that went on at my Christian school but the one that always sticks out is when the students were forced to participate in a "holocaust recreation". #ExposeChristianSchools
Every week students would be randomly selected to be "Jews" they would be forced to wear yellow stars of David on their uniforms. These students could not sit with other students that werent "Jews" and we're treated differently by staff and students. 2/?
We also were instructed to build "hiding places" in our class rooms. They would be made out of cardboard and painted to look like the classroom walls. Upper class men and other teachers would simulate "raids" and the "Jews" would have to run and hide in the hiding places. 3/?
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So many of these stories are similar to my experience at Oklahoma Bible Academy. I was discouraged from science and math classes. I was shamed about my body. I was told my depression was a sin /my fault for not having better faith.... #ExposeChristianSchools
My principal threw a VHS tape at the class. A history teacher threw a textbook at a girl that fell asleep. Our middle school Bible teacher regularly told us about his "porn addiction" that God saved him from, but was caught watching porn at school. #ExposeChristianSchools
Skirt length checks were done by having girls kneel in front of teachers (measure from ground to hem). Catholics weren't "true Christians" and my faith was questioned when I dated a catholic. #ExposeChristianSchools
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So here's the thing.

For all of you looking on in bewilderment, shaking your heads, asking how ANYone can truly believe that 45 won the election, that massive voter fraud occurred, that Biden is a cannibal/pedophile/insert Q crap here...

Here's why.

(A thread.)
Dinosaurs and man co-existed; God created North America as a place for Protestants; all dogs come from one pair on the ark.

Note: *MY* pastor said dinosaurs were fake & that the commies buried the fake bones to prove evolution & make us all atheists. 1/
Having "learned" from ACE, aBeka, and BJU in my homeschool career, 100% can confirm.

Note: We were homeschooled because in the ACE private school where my older brother attended kindergarten, his teacher wore pants on her days off. 3/…
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It's silly to pretend that we don't use religiosity as a signal of political ideology and affiliation. We of course do, because it is: ImageImageImageImage
*Which* religion, the *denomination* of the religion, and *level* of religiosity all play a role in bias, because they all correlate with political ideology and affiliation. These are all signals.
I think it's undeniable that there is an anti-religious bias in elite media, but it manifests mostly when it is perceived that religion is being channeled into a conservative politics. When that happens, religiosity becomes incorporated into the assessment of the threat level.
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So. I was born in 1976. I started school in August 1980, just before I turned 5, at home - my older brother had attended an ACE kindergarten, and it was deemed too liberal by my parents (his teacher wore PANTS when she wasn't teaching!) #thread CW: Abuse
I was literally part of the first wave of Christian Right-wing Homeschoolers; my parents had planned to homeschool us illegally, and it became legal that month in Louisiana because a legislator's relative wanted to homeschool.
I learned to read when I was 4. I also was acutely observant and aware - because by that time I'd already survived broken bones in my arm and neck, at least one rape, and an STD. This made me hypervigilant, and also primed me to be skeptical of everything around me.
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I'm still reeling from the information that the gunman in San Diego last weekend was home schooled Christian and knew his Bible verses and used specific Christian coded language. #ChristianExtremism
So, last year there were reports of multiple shootings by Christian Extremists/Home Schoolers. Obviously, there were others by people in schools, etc, but I'm not here to examine those.…
This was called out by various people already, and it's not a trend I want us to take lightly.

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People rightfully throw shade at Fox News calling Latin American nations "Mexican countries," but, listen, I grew up being taught by people who said shit like that to a majority Latin student population. And it was legal. #ExposeChristianSchools
Let me tell a story: one time, my guidance counselor was teaching, and the topic turned to immigration. We students liked getting our bigoted or opinionated teachers off on rants to distract from boring lesson plans. It was really easy to get them going.
He eventually started talking about his Spanish wife. Spanish. Pure European. White as fuck. Let me emphasize: not Latina at all.
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TW. Abuse, Child Abuse, 'discipline', ableism, mute if nec.

I'm continuing my live-tweet of To Train Up a Child by the Pearls

I ought to take a break, but I honestly only have a few more things to say about this *six thousand tweets later* and just one more thing...
I'm cooking some rice right now, chopped up some peppers and onions, gunna mix myself some spicy rice in a minute. I have the whole day off today, and going for a walk in a bit.
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TW. Abuse, Christian 'discipline', ableism

I'm continuing my deep dive into both To Train Up a Child, by the Pearls, and my own childhood experiences of so-called Christian discipline.

Do mute this thread if it is going to be too much. I get it.
Take a minute to breathe. Have you had breakfast? I'm just finishing some toast. I'd take a deep breath but, toast crumbs. Go ahead, stretch and bbrreeaathheeee.
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TW. For abuse, 'discipline' and stories of child abuse. Do mute this thread to avoid.

Thread 2 of my live-tweet reading of To Train Up a Child by Michael and Debi Pearl. #exvangelical #ExposeChristianDiscipline
Before I go into Chapter 5, its worth asking the question, do these Christian Extremist parents actually like children? As in, children for who they are, what they bring, the way they see the world, their frustrations and playfulness, their insights and annoying traits.
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I live in the fastest growing school district in MT. We are trying to pass a bond the next 2 weeks to build two more schools cuz our schools can't hold everyone. You know who is actively campaigning to tank our bonds? HOMESCHOOLERS. #ExposeChristianHomeschooling
You know who is helping them? THE FUCKING CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS. They are actively posting on social media and trying to stop people from voting for our bond. #ExposeChristianSchools
The homeschoolers and private Christian school-goers are working against their own community to stop us from passing the bonds we need to make our community thrive. So next time you adopt a live and let live attitude toward them, remember this.
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So great to see #ExposeChristianSchools getting the attention it deserves.

Here's more context: Many of these schools now receive public funding through vouchers. Their textbooks call slavery "black immigration," say Satan hatched the idea of "psychology"…
I created a database of every voucher school in the country. I found AT LEAST 33% of schools use these extremist curriculums.

They teach kids to see other religions as evil, women as lesser. Textbooks call civil rights activists "black supremacists"…
At least 14% of these voucher schools actively advertise policies that ban LGBTQ staff members and staff. I wrote about a school that expelled an 8-year-old because she wasn't "feminine" enough.

Taxpayers are supporting these policies.…
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I'm sick today so I'm feeling grumpy and my concentration levels are low, but just about right to shred this article here.…
I'll start with the headline. "Why freaking out about Christian schools proves evangelicals’ irrational fears"
The first thing that jumped out at me: you can't prove something irrational. EITHER their fears are irrational, OR they have been proven -- what?
True? Even more ridiculous than we thought? Full of cheese?
There's something missing here. Missing on purpose I think. It's supposed to imply the answer is "true" without committing to that.
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Maybe it's just me, but it seems like #ExposeChristianSchools is getting more & higher-profile pushback than things like #EmptyThePews or #ChristianAltFacts -- and I wanted to explore some reasons that might be.
I grew up in evangelical-land during the 70s and 80s, and left the church in the 90s, so my experiences were before a lot of the other people who share their #Exvangelical stories on here.
I ~saw~ these changes happening in the church -- the move toward right wing politics, Christian patriarchy, anti-demonic paranoia, etc. -- but I saw a lot of them in their early, nascent forms
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I have a few observations as a result of the firestorm around #ExposeChristianSchools and @globaldan asking for stories from young people tonite. First and foremost, don't belittle and dismiss the experiences of young people. Listen. Their experience does not negate yours.
Second, I am a Christian. I was raised Lutheran. I am not anti-Christian. I chose to send my kids to a Christian school without completely realizing that fundamentalist Christian thought has corrupted even some mainline denominations and schools.
Third, because fundamentalists have an "unwavering attachment to a set of irreducible beliefs," as succinctly put by Wikipedia, they are masters of black and white, with no area for robust discussion. And many more people today are fundamentalists than I ever thought.
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I was adopted at birth by evangelical Christians from Kentucky. I have spent my adult life unlearning something so fundamental to my being that I was unable to identify it until almost a decade into therapy … [Thread] #ExposeChristianSchools #Exvangelical #EmptyThePews
My mother and father are, to this day, deeply entrenched in the Reformed Presbyterian church & school I grew up attending. My father designed the building, my mother led groups, and I was supposed to be their shining example.
This church's doctrine hinges in part on the concept of Predestination, which is "the divine foreordaining of all that will happen, especially with regard to the salvation of some and not others.”
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I watched the #ExposeChristianSchools tag yesterday and felt a lot of resonance ... but now I'd like to #ExposeChristianHomeschooling.
Standard disclaimer: #notallhomeschoolers, and I know a lot of people who homeschool well and I have a lot of respect for them. I do not want to ban homeschooling in the US.

HOWEVER. There are patterns and cultural habits that are fairly endemic among homeschoolers, especially Christian homeschoolers-- but I've often seen secular homeschoolers/unschoolers/etc participate in these problems, often unknowingly.

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I don't usually discuss politics or religion here, but this is important.

I am a homeschool kid, and was heavily indoctrinated from a young age. There are countless others out there like me still to this day. Far more than most people realize.
I was homeschooled K-12. There were almost no restrictions on what was taught, and my highschool diploma was based almost entirely on my mom's word. Thankfully, she was a diligent teacher and my education was excellent. Some of my friends weren't so lucky.
Almost 100% of the other people I interacted with all throughout middle and high school were either from our local Christian homeschool group, or from church. I was rarely allowed any unsupervised time, and almost every activity was strictly controlled.
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I attended a Christian school starting in kindergarten. The teachers pretended to love me and care for me, working for a fraction of the salary they could make in public education because they considered it a ministry. Horrible people. #ExposeChristianSchools
As I progressed through my education, I learned what they wanted me to learn. My classes seemed harder than the coloring projects my cousin was doing in his public school. Dirty scum Christians! #ExposeChristianSchools
In high school, I learned so much from one particular teacher that my entry-level courses in college were a breeze. I'm still convinced that evil piece of trash of a man was trying to deny me the full college experience. #ExposeChristianSchools
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I attended a Fundamentalist Baptist school from k5-8th grade, a Mennonite high school from 9th-12th grade, and a liberal arts Christian college for two years before transferring to a non-religious university. As you might imagine, it was traumatizing. #ExposeChristianSchools
The textbooks at my Fundamentalist Baptist school were published by Bob Jones University. I was one of the few Black students there & the only Black student in my class. My "Christian" teachers treated me differently. My "Christian" classmates bullied me. #ExposeChristianSchools
I was forced to sit in the back of the room next to my teacher's desk, away from my classmates. I was placed in a reading group below my level (until my parents found out). I was reprimanded and punished for asking questions or defending my work. #ExposeChristianSchools
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Very glad #ExposeChristianSchools is trending.

So many act like there's an epidemic of censorship at left-wing universities, when tons of Christian colleges don't allow swearing, long hair, pre-marital sex, homosexuality & much more. No one says a peep.…
(thread 2) Ok, in regards to Christian Universities prohibiting basic freedom of expression by having the ability 2 kick out students 4 their sexuality the common critique is 'they aren't taxpayer funded.'

Well, they ARE subsidized by our tax $ with taxbreaks, Pellgrants & more
(thread 3) On top of that hundreds of these schools are granted Title IX exemption which allows them to legally circumvent our discrimination laws. This is a special right that is only given to religious institutions. IMO this is fundamentally unAmerican

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