PART I: Bill Gothard’s Brave New World

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  • Screen Shot 2013-11-18 at 9.43.11 PMObedience is listening attentively,
  • Obedience will take instructions joyfully,
  • Obedience heeds wishes of authorities,
  • Obedience will follow orders instantly.
  • For when I am busy at my work or play,
  • And someone calls my name, I’ll answer right away!
  • I’ll be ready with a smile to go the extra mile
  • As soon as I can say “Yes, sir!” “Yes ma’am!”
  • Hup, two, three!

No, this is not Nazi youth indoctrination.  This is from a first grade lesson at a charter school at the First Christian Church, in Fort Lauderdale.  The kids all dress like and look alike, no matter what race they are.  It is from Bill Gothard’s Institute for Basic Life Principles.

Bill Gothard likes young blonds with long, curly hair.  He prefers them to be modestly dressed in denim skirts.  The should be thin, with chaste and pure little scarves in their flowing hair.  He likes to play footsie with them, feel them a little, and that’s about it.  According to lore and legend, the very individual who tells the Duggars when to have sex after their children are born, who thinks that birth control aborts unfertilized eggs, and that men must always control their wives, has never been kissed.  He’s never had sex – ?  He lived with his mommy until she died.  He’s a woman hating pervert.

In Virginia, in 2010, Congressional candidate Bob Marshall said that God punishes women who have abortions by giving them disabled children.   He said it is a special punishment Christians would suggest for women like this.  He also said that incest was voluntary.  It is the influence of Bill Gothard, pervert, conservative religious leader, and bastion of home-schooling.

They call it Bill Gothard’s Umbrella of Authority:

“…By honoring and submitting to all authorities in your life, you will receive the privileges of their protection, direction, and accountability. If you resist their instructions and move out from their jurisdictional care, you forfeit your place under their protection and face life’s challenges and temptations on your own.”…”

Did Bill Gothard win?
Ever heard of Character First?
If you want to know, just look at the Duggars.
Gothard is the most influential home-schooling mentor in the world.
He ran a home-schooling cult, based on sexual abuse.
His teachings have been used by millions of duped families, the world-over.

“…Honestly, I could spend pages writing about the spiritual carnage caused by Bill Gothard. I have spent quite a bit of time on forums created by and for ATI “survivors,” and in comparison to many of the stories I’ve heard, what I experienced was very mild. For every ATI student who survives, there are many more that have left the faith entirely. Bill Gothard has left behind a generation of homeschooled students who are afraid of religion, socially inept, abused, scarred, addicted, and hurt. Yes, many have made it through. Many have not…”

His admirers include Mike Huckabee, now discredited Doug Phillips, and David Burton.  Kevin Swanson thinks he did nothing wrong.  From Florida, his admirers include Rep. Steven Wise, Congressman Dan Webster.  In Oklahoma, his influence is even greater, with Governor Mary Fallon, Rep Joan Greenwood, Carolyn Coleman, Howard Hendrick, and a few others.  This explains why Oklahoma is so completely insane.  The former Governor of Georgia, Sonny Perdue is an admirer, is Texas Governor, Rick Perry, billionaire Dr. James Leininger, Congressman Sam Johnson.  His influence extends to David Green of Hobby Lobby, Rick Santorum, Family Research Council, Gary Bauer, Sarah Palin etc.

Heresy In The Heartland
Heresy In The Heartland

Who is Bill Gothard, anyway?  If you have never heard of him, he may be the most influential religious and educational leader of several generations.  He’s also a pervert, harasses young women, has a really weird foot fetish, and lived his entire life with his mommy and daddy.  Allegedly he has never had sex, never kissed a woman, has never married, and has produced no children, yet he has told millions of parents in this country how to raise their children. He is the most influential pervert in the country, and has been for nearly four decades.

Talk To Action
Talk To Action

It may not even matter that the ATI’s Bill Gothard, that bastion of religious decency has been relieved of his position, influencing upward of 90,000 ministers a week, because of a sex scandal.  The damage has already been done.  We see it in the cruel, coldness of the GOP, who no longer believe in helping anyone.  We see it in the demands that women be submissive, dominated by the men in their lives.  We see it in the abjectly irrational attitudes of the men within the far right GOP.  They are representative of God.  It is seen in the modesty culture and the demands that women not lead men astray.

Gothard’s rules include:

  • Married couples are never to divorce for any reason, including adultery.
  • Adult children are told not to leave home or get married without parental consent.
  • Married couples must abstain from sex during the following times: during the wife’s menstrual cycle; seven days after the cycle; 40 days after the birth of a son; 80 days after the birth of a daughter; and the evening prior to worship. Gothard claims that periodic abstinence will help produce healthier children, can cure infections, and decrease “the danger of genetic abnormalities.”
  • Listening to rock music, even Christian rock, is forbidden.
  • Borrowing money or buying on credit is forbidden.
  • Married women aren’t to work outside the home.
  • Gothard even has rules on selecting makeup, preparing shopping lists, planning meals, picking dental plans, and choosing hairstyles, clothes, and vacation spots. Followers have said in published reports that he bans televisions in homes that buy his home-schooling program and that his ministry denounces almost every book but the Bible.
  • Adopted children, Gothard teaches, carry the sins of their biological parents with them. According to Fisher, Gothard wrote a letter to his followers in 1986 warning them of the evils of Cabbage Patch Dolls, which were very popular then. The dolls, which are “adopted” by their buyers in a written contract, caused strange, destructive behavior, according to the letter.

This is the first of two parts.  Part two will conclude on Tuesday.

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