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Ok ya'll. I am bored, have the flu and i want this tract out of sight and to stop popping up in my nightstand drawer.

So, we are gonna talk about this 23 page "tract" today. 😉

#ExposeChristianHomeschooling #ExposeChristianSchools #headship #christianpatriarchy Tract from Rod and Staff Publishers out of Crockett, KY. It has a pink background and a scroll with writing on it.  The scroll reads: the veiling, a symbol of divine order. There is a pink rose laying at the bottom of the scroll.
I got this after getting out of school because I kept bucking the "umbrella of authority" and someone felt that it would being me in line.

Full disclosure: to get folks off my back, i started headcovering from the time I was around 20 until I was 25.
So, this tract starts off telling us that G-d is a G-d of order and everything has a perfect, G-d ordained design. Everything is made to function in harmony.
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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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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 was Baptist for 15 years growing up, then after that majored in theology at a Southern Baptist college. I had quite a bit of access to the way they talk about these things behind closed doors.

Here are their next steps.

1. Massive displays of public grief and sorrow. The Southern Baptist PR machine LOVES theatrical opportunities to build and reinforce narratives of "sin, repentance, and redemption" and they'll soak in that for a while.

2. Gradually, we will start to see them identify the nature of the "sin" committed. Lust, greed, and sexual immorality will be foregrounded, and abuse of power will be thrown in for good measure.

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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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Evangelicals live in an alternate reality where the only really important thing is for people to believe the Bible is the inerrant Word of God and that Jesus died for their sins. The church’s reputation is a “witness” to that. 1/9

#Exvangelical #ChristianAltFacts
So when they see something like #ExposeChristianSchools or any similar exposé of Christian institutions, that's all they're thinking about. Not social issues, material impact, or even the common task of building society with non-Christians. 2/9

#Exvangelical #ChristianAltFacts
If you point out that this just ends up constantly bolstering Christian power and harming women, queer people, POC, indigenous people, etc. they see you as threatening the church's "witness" and the only important task--making converts. 3/9

#Exvangelical #ChristianAltFacts
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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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Today I'll be reviewing ATI/Gothard's wisdom booklet 11.
This thread is going to be a little shorter, because SO much of this one is basically the same exact thing thing as booklet 10, which was all about how persecuted Real Christians are.
It starts off by telling you all about "reviling", and how it's when non-Christians say bad things about Christians.
The thrust of the messaging is "you are persecuted, but don't worry, the fact that they are saying bad things proves that you are righteous in God's eyes"
It offering you some synonyms of "reviling", and then we get this nugget:
"You are being reviled if a non-Christian asks why you are so sure you are going to Heaven"
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Now that we've looked at some of the red flags of abuse/neglect in homeschooling families, let's look at what you can do to help.
The first and most obvious thing?
Call CPS. If you know or suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, you are morally obligated to act on their behalf.
You can report anonymously, and I recommend doing so.
What if you don't have something specific to report? Or what if the kids in question are over 18? I have some suggestions, but please understand that the applicability of my advice will depend on a lot of things. I can't give you a fool proof plan.
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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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I haven’t made a lot of comments about @C_Stroop’s #ExposeChristianSchools hashtag because I went to public school K-12 and my parents were public school teachers, so I didn’t get Christian Ed until I was in college.

But now I do have something to say.
@C_Stroop There are a lot of folks who believe very strongly in the worth and promotion of parochial schooling. Our current secretary of education, Betsey DeVos is one of them.

But, running in the circles I run in and knowing the people I know, I don’t trust a lot of these schools.
@C_Stroop I don’t trust them because the education quality varies WIDELY and getting a poor education from a Christian school is fundamentally different from getting a poor education at a public school.
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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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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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So I think I've reached the point of deconstruction where I realize I was in a cult. How's everyone else's Friday night going.

Just Google "New Apostolic Reformation" and we were basically taught the starter course before you get sucked into "Territorial Spirits" and "Five fold ministry" crazy stuff.
"God will make Christians better at running business and transfer wealth to them so we can influence society in his name." - thing we were actually taught in my gap-year program

#Exvangelical #ExposeChristianSchools
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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'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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Focus on the Family jumps on the #ExposeChristianSchools bashing bandwagon. Paul Batura writes as if the HT started with Covington and is aimed mainly at Catholic schools. Like other critics, he seems not to have read actual tweets. Bonus points for “go ahead and try,” though.
This article is petulant and defensive and weird in many respects, but the funniest thing about it, to me, is the vigorous defense of Catholicism by an evangelical institution. Bad ecumenism has really gone to the next level.

“In the end, the character of Sandmann and his classmates is a reflection of the quality of the Christian education they have received.”

This is one of the few true statements Batura makes. He seems to be a fine example of husband father Twitter, a man of many mediocre opinions.
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This is a thread about the political connections between the pioneer of Christian home/private schooling curriculum "Accelerated Christian Education" and movement conservativism. I am bringing tons of receipts. #ExposeChristianSchools #ExposeChristianHomeschooling #Exvangelical
Its impossible to discuss the origins and purpose of Accelerated Christian Education without describing the political context it emerged in. The birth of the Christian School movement was really about avoiding School integration: (
Next we need to discuss the complicated relationship between Barry Goldwater, the John Birch Society, and the foundations of the religious right as we know it today. First up, the wiki article on the John Birch Society: (
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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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1) I shared my experiences with sexual abuse and #PurityCulture in Christian schools, and a portion of that experience appears in this @nytimes article. Now I want to talk about recovery.…
2) Yesterday someone remarked that I’d “marched right over” these experiences, and turned out great. I guess it could loom that way. I’m thriving in school, headed to law school in the fall, I’m happy and healthy with a great support system and a clear sense of self.
3) But the way they phrased it, “marched right over,” took me aback. It felt so trivial. Now, anyone who has experienced trauma knows that the healing process is not easy, that it requires work and dedication and there are a dozen low points for every victory.
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I've seen the #ExposeChristianSchools stories going around for a bit, but I missed that there is a #ExposeChristianHomeschooling as well. I'm glad that's happening as well. I don't have experience in a Christian school, but my education came entirely through homeschooling.
My parents homeschooled us because they and the Baptist cult we attended wanted complete control over everything we learned, and subsequently fed us (10 siblings) a narrow, twisted, not to mention dated white-supremacist view of history, science, & literature.
They wanted to enforce their own abusive discipline on us as well. If we hadn't had some extended family ties, there would have been almost no check on anything they wanted to do with us. We were all born into, and there was no choice.
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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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