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“In only two states are convicted child abusers barred from homeschooling.” - @RLStollar

#ExposeChristianHomeschooling #CourageConference2019
“R.J. Rushdoony... wanted to take over the world for Jesus. And the way he wanted to do it was through homeschooling.”

- @DefendTheSheep, former homeschooling mom and abuse survivor advocate on getting sucked into toxic ideology.

Evangelicals often believe in the inherently spiritually abusive idea of “breaking children’s wills” and demand immediate obedience to any adult. This makes them a sexual abuser’s “wingman.”

“Sometimes disobedience is holy.”

- @RLStollar

#CourageConference2019 #EmptyThePews
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I'm excited to be a part of this! NYC, November 16.

What @AmishFoundation is doing to fight for the right of U.S. children to a decent education, uninhibited by the ideological biases of radical religious parents, is so important.

#WednesdayThoughts #EmptyThePews
@AmishFoundation Except for kindergarten and half of sixth grade, I was subjected to a far-right, indoctrinating Christian school elementary and secondary education. Young earth creationism. Right-wing politics being the only way to be Christian. Yet I got the elite version, so could get out.
@AmishFoundation That is, I had the intellectual skills necessary to test well, to excel in college at Ball State, and, with my high GPA and record of awards and achievements there, to go on to graduate school at Stanford. Yet I'm still unpacking the trauma from my #ChristianAltFacts education.
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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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1. “In God We Trust” should never have been our national motto and was only able to become so because of an early Cold War consensus around promoting religion in the public square in order to combat “godless Communism.”…

#FridayMotivation #EmptyThePews
2. While many promoters of this idea of a religious America meant for it to be to some degree inclusive--see popular Cold War notions like "Tri-Faith America" (Protestants, Catholics, Jews) and "Judeo-Christian"--it was always exclusive of unbelievers and many others.
3. In addition, the early Cold War moment, partly thanks to the uptick in apocalyptic thinking due to the advent of nuclear weapons, allowed radical right-wing Christians to come back into the mainstream of American life as scholars like Angela Lahr and Jonathan Herzog have shown
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1. Thanks for this thread, @jonrog1. For those interested in learning more and amplifying #Exvangelical work exposing the theocratic threat, check out #ExposeChristianSchools and #ExposeChristianHomeschooling. In addition to @PPact, an org that deserves support is @ResponsibleHS.
@jonrog1 @PPact @ResponsibleHS 2. For more on how homeschooling is used by the Christian Right to indoctrinate kids into extremism and what can be done about that, see my latest article:…

#Exvangelical #EmptyThePews #ExposeChristianSchools #ExposeChristianHomeschooling #ExForcedBirth
@jonrog1 @PPact @ResponsibleHS 3. And if you're interested in the role played by evangelical colleges and universities in incubating future culture warriors, as well as resistance happening within those colleges, see this expose I did for @PRAEyesRight…

#ExposeChristianSchools #Resist
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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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1/ So I have Thoughts re: the (unsurprising) revelation that the latest Nazi terrorist was homeschooled for at least part of his life.
As you may or may not know, I was homeschooled for my whole education by my parents. I feel that I can speak with some authority on this subject
2/ Do I think all homeschooling is bad? No. In some cases it's healthier for a child to be removed from a toxic, psychologically and/or physically harmful situation such as extreme bullying, & there are also issues such as anxiety disorders/autism etc that may require this action
3/ HOWEVER: I also think this loophole is very easily exploited by evangelical & other cultlike ideologies in which homeschooling your child is considered 'safer' by default than allowing them to integrate into a public school system. I think there should be much more regulation
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1. As usual w/ these stories, most reporting on Taylor University students objecting to Mike Pence as commencement speaker is sloppy. Let me explain how and add some context to this story in terms of the bigger picture of Christian higher ed. #Exvangelical #ExposeChristianSchools
2. First, we don’t know how many graduating seniors object to Pence being commencement speaker. It is surely a minority. It may be a solid plurality, but most of the students opposed to Pence being invited to speak are likely to remain discreet and circumspect about it.
3. Secondly, the petition was started by alumni. I spoke with a Taylor alum recently, and what she found most remarkable was that a majority of the faculty immediately registered their opposition to the invitation to Pence with the administration. That was a brave stand to take.
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1. Attention people of Twitter, ladies, dudes, and enbys, children of all ages (ok actually not for kids)! Embark with me on a journey into a bizarre parallel world often hidden in plain sight, a dark dimension whose denizens seek to transform our own. Let us enter: #TheJesusZone
2. This is going to be a primary-source-based thread focusing on the evangelical children's book Dinosaurs: Those Terrible Lizards, by creationist Duane T. Gish, who got a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Berkeley in 1953 and died in 2013. But before I dive into it, some background.
3. Most of my threads I write more or less spontaneously from ideas I've worked out in my head to varying degrees. This one I've actually been working on, on and off, for weeks. Taking pictures of the book and organizing them, reading up on the history of creationism in the U.S.
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1. While there hasn’t been much recent media attention to the #ExposeChristianSchools hashtag that went viral in January, the discussion continues, along with #ExposeChristianHomeschooling and threads on primary sources. I want to share some highlights and ideas in this thread.
2. Why do Christian schools need exposing? Short answer: the Christian Right has radicalized the GOP and is in power. It is the single greatest threat to democracy and human rights in America today. And private schools and homeschooling are part of its long-term plan.
3. To understand how Christian Reconstructioists/Dominionists played and play an active role in creating evangelical school and homeschooling curricula as a means of radicalizing children and mobilizing them to impose theocracy, read @julieingersoll's book Building God's Kingdom.
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1. People of Twitter, join me, if you will, on a journey into another dimension—a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of middle America. We call this dimension: The Jesus Zone.

Episode 1: Faith and Fast Food in Deepest Suburbia

#Exvangelical #TheJesusZone
2. If you find yourself in need of lunch deep in rural and suburban middle America, you may be in a bit of a bind. With so little on offer, you may be tempted to stop at an establishment like this one, a properly patriotic McDonald’s franchise that appears normal at first glance.
3. As you go inside, however, you recognize that a few things seem off. No, it’s not just that the franchise, despite signs indicating it is constantly hiring at a rate above minimum wage, is so understaffed and slow that people are giving up on the line and walking out.
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I’m proud to have exposed this campaign in my recent reporting on the crackdown on LGBTQ students at @azusapacific. Please share this far and wide to keep the pressure on them and @FoothillChurch.

#ExposeChristianSchools #Exvangelical #MondayMood #FaithfullyLGBT #LGBTQ #Resist
Here’s my article for @PRAEyesRight in which I quote from Ryan Montague’s email calling for pressure on @azusapacific’s board to reverse its move toward LGBTQ accommodation. This and similar materials were passed to me by sources who requested anonymity.…
After publishing that exposé, a concerned APU faculty member reached out to let me know that things are even worse than I knew, with a purge of “liberal” and LGBTQ-affirming faculty brewing. Please let @azusapacific know what you think of this shady move.…
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1. Alright, let’s unpack in some more detail what’s wrong with the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee’s recommendations in response to the concerns @jdgreear raised about sexual abuse in particular churches.

#Exvangelical #ChurchToo #EmptyThePews #SundayMorning
2. The SBC’s Executive Committee recommends making clear that “the Convention does not, and will not, cooperate with a church that clearly evidences indifference to addressing the crime of sexual abuse.”

This *sounds* good, but much hinges on what’s meant by “clearly evidences.”
3. Things quickly get iffy, defensive, and then downright dubious with respect to the meaning of “clearly evidences.” Note how quickly the Executive Committee’s moves to emphasize not presuming guilt, as opposed to framing things in terms of taking accusations seriously.
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1. Now that the 4chan-to-FOX fueled right-wing frenzy over the #ExposeChristianSchools hashtag has faded, it should be easier to have a needed public discussion about the deleterious impact of certain types of parochial schools on American society and politics.
2. I am a product of K-12 Christian schools--that is, evangelical schools, which usually call themselves "Christian schools" or "Christian academies." Hence, when I coined the hashtag #ExposeChristianSchools, I did not anticipate Catholic schools being a part of the discussion.
3. That point was lost when the hashtag became conflated with the Covington story. It's perfectly fine to expand the #ExposeChristianSchools discussion into one that includes not only fundamentalist/evangelical schools, but also Catholic and mainline schools, of course.
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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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1. Long before coining the hashtag #ExposeChristianSchools, I began researching the authoritarian practices of evangelical colleges toward faculty and students who rock the boat, particularly relative to LGBTQ equality. Here’s my latest…

2. To get a fuller picture, I recommend reading my earlier work on this topic as well. I wrote my first evangelical college expose for @RDispatches:…

#Exvangelical #ExposeChristianSchools #ExposeChristianHomeschooling #EmptyThePews #Resist
3. Back in September, I revisited the topic for @Playboy.…

I then worked through the fall and winter gathering more material, conducting more interviews, etc., in order to produce my newest piece on the topic for @PRAEyesRight. #ExposeChristianSchools
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1. Here's the thing, @davidmweissman. Radical evangelicals love to brag about how much they (supposedly) give to charity, but according to them, when the state does it, it's "idolatry." They don't care that needs will go unmet #ExposeChristianSchools #ExposeChristianHomeschooling
2. After all, what they want is to be in control of whose needs get met and how. This is authoritarian paternalism, and this paranoid fear of the state, which Reagan was happy to fuel, has direct roots in Christian Reconstructionism, though they can be traced back even further.
3. In fact, we can see the seeds of contemporary arguments about preserving "the family" (read: nuclear, "traditional") and "the Church" against supposedly illegitimate encroachment from the state in the nineteenth century:

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“We’ve also laughed at the ridiculousness of our great-great-grandparents being monkeys. The kids get a kick out of that.”

OMG I remember doing this. Of course this is defiantly ignorant of how evolution actually works.

#ExposeChristianSchools #ExposeChristianHomeschooling
More, straight from the horse’s mouth:

“Our children have explored the universe at JPL and the Griffith Observatory, and they see design and intelligence; God creating order from forces that otherwise lead to disorder.”

#ExposeChristianSchools #ExposeChristianHomeschooling
Then shit gets fully theocratic:

“These obligations are the basis for our laws and government and a political theory that says that man is not subservient to government, but that government is instituted by God, and that we ought to respect it as such.”

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Can I say something extremely extremely mortifying that I did while at my Christian high school/in youth group that has 100% ruled out the possibility of my EVER running for political office?

I’ve had a few glasses of wine, so I’m gonna post it on the Internet... hnggghghgjjfj
I dressed up in blackface for a church youth group costume party. Seriously. My face, in brown makeup. It happened, it was me.
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I seem to have freaked out the entire American Right with this one wired weird hashtag—and in the process become something like their version of “He Who Must Not Be Named.” 😂

I’m right here, @FoxNews @drmoore @davidspunt! What are you afraid of?

Here’s the FOX segment for anyone who wants to watch:…

#ExposeChristianSchools #ExposeChristianHomeschooling
*one weird hashtag
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So the governor of South Dakota, apparently without prompting and with no explanation, asked the State Affairs office to write a bill getting rid of the assessment provision in the SD's homeschool statute.

This is bad.
South Dakota is one of precious few states (it's 1 of 10) that has any kind of assessment provision that can actually be enforced, and it's minimal. Currently, homeschool students in SD take a test in grades 4, 8, and 11. Here's the part that makes SD one of the better states:
If a student's scores are low, the local school board can intervene (they usually don't, but that's a cultural problem not a legislative one). In South Dakota, if a homeschool student is neglected, *something* could be done about it.

HB 1065 tosses all that out the window.
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With #ExposeChristianHomeschooling - yep. I have lots to say. Necessary disclaimer: I am not opposed to home education, when said education is properly done (as I am doing with my child, as many other parents are doing with theirs.) I am doing #SecularHomeschooling. (a thread)
We did "School at Home" - starting with ACE. I was 4 when I started first grade; I turned 5 two weeks later. I finished first grade in under 3 months, so my mother made me repeat it.
Then we switched to aBeka for my second grade year.
Don't get me wrong - I loved aBeka because it didn't take me long at all to realize that all I had to do was skim the text for bolded words, and read the sidebars for "terms and definitions" - that's all they ever tested on.
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1. Florida State Senator Dennis Baxley is an elder at The Vine Community Church, a Southern Baptist Convention affiliate in Ocala, Fl. His consistent advocacy for this type of legislation shows how nakedly dishonest evangelicals are—and we let them get away with it. #Exvangelical
2. What do I mean by referring to the naked dishonesty of (the vast majority of white/conservative) evangelicals in this context? Note Baxley's demand that public schools teach "different worldviews" on topics such as climate change and evolution. It's clearly disingenuous.
3. And we know it's disingenuous not just because there is a long established pattern of evangelical behavior in this regard, although there is, and actions speak louder than words. We also know it from what evangelicals have said and written, and that term "worldview" is key.
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1. Baptist pastor rants against #ExposeChristianSchools in an op-ed dripping with sarcasm—color me shocked. Scratch just below the surface, though, and you see how he exemplifies what we’re criticizing, even apart from the shittiness of deflecting criticism and mocking survivors.
2. Straight off the bat, Pastor Bo goes to Proverbs 22:6. "Train up a child in the way he should go" is a verse that is weaponized against kids in evangelical subculture. It doesn't just serve to "justify" corporal punishment, although it does do that (along with "spare the rod")
3. Note the end of the verse, "and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Kids are expected to conform exactly to rigid white supremacist patriarchal norms in evangelical subculture. Obedience is emphasized at the expense of curiosity and openness. #ExposeChristianSchools
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