The other day, while working on my 6th murder mystery, I had a situation where one individual required that the young men in his scout troop give their word of honor about a situation. I decided to do a little digging and check out Character First, and honor. Guess what I found from the site of Character First? This is the brainwashing system created by Bill Gothard, and is now employed by school systems, something like 70,000 businesses, municipalities, branches of governments, law enforcement groups, our military, the VA, churches, you name it, not only in this country, but throughout the world. You might want to note that Strata Leadership, the front group for Gothard, which is “not” associated with his organizations, does not feature the word “honor”. Today’s wimpy, sad, pathetic, little, sniveling version of of the Gothard male needs to practice the art of manliness. They have been so sucked into the cult that they no longer understand the silliness of their position. They don’t even grasp the idea of what honor is, instead making a big deal drawing quotes from history.
There is absolutely nothing about honor, not real honor. Honor, to them is, and I quote…HONOR: Respecting those in leadership because of the higher authorities they represent….” Sorry, but that isn’t what honor is all about. One of Gothard’s brainwashed minions completely misrepresents the whole idea of honor. Honor, is honesty, fairness, or integrity in one’s beliefs and actions. You will find nothing in Gothard’s world that even reflects this.
Gothard’s version of honor is to show respect for those in authority. That makes sense for him. The entire premise of his mission in life is to instill a sense of absolute obedience, not to question those in authority, to blindly do the will of the honored leader. In doing so, he has helped turn those who have gone through his brainwashing program into drones who do the unquestioned bidding of the leader. Remember what the Nazis said, they were just following orders? Is that where this is leading?
This is the perfect example of where Gothard has gone wrong. His teachings are a perversion of what character should be, but then, we are dealing with a true pervert, which is what Bill Gothard is. He is the perfect definition of a modern pervert: a person whose sexual behavior is regarded as abnormal and unacceptable. What he has done to the teachings of Christ, Christianity, and goodness in general is a perversion: distort, corrupt, subvert, twist, bend, abuse, misapply, misuse, misrepresent, misinterpret, falsify. (Link)
“…Not only is Gothard invited to present his teachings to businesses and corporations, but in 1991 after the Soviets had heard about the Advanced Training Institute, Boris Yeltsin, together with the head of Moscow Public Schools, requested that Gothard bring his character training program to Russia. The Soviets were so impressed that they granted the Institute use of a five-acre campus. To top that, the Russian Parliament adopted a declaration stating that Gothard’s principles would be beneficial for all Russians to follow. Since then over 2,000 ATI students have visited Russia, where they are teaching in public schools, working with orphans, counselling delinquent teenagers, assisting pensioner teachers and involved in community service. Gothard has set up Moscow College of The Advanced Training Institute as well as a Training Center and refuge home for orphans and juvenile delinquents.
As the news of the Institute’s success in Russia has spread to other countries, ATI have received invitations from Taiwan, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Bolivia, Mexico, China, as well as numerous U.S. cities. The mayor of Indianapolis, for example, invited the Advanced Training Institute to come and work in a low-income, high-crime area. The Institute then set up a permanent facility in Indianapolis where they have a rehabilitation facility that works in conjunction with the county’s juvenile court system. Entire cities can apply to become a ‘city of character’ by adhering to Gothard’s principles and by the mayor attending the mayor’s seminar. ATI is getting involved in American public schools as well. The state of Arkansas has mandated Gothard’s character training program to be taught in public schools, where thousands of top high school men are enrolled in Gothard’s program for young men called ALERT (Air Land Emergency Resource Team)….”
It came from Bill Gothard’s Institute in Basic Life Principals back in the late 1970s. That is how long this brainwashing has been working its way throughout the nation.
The growth of Gothard’s empire was astounding.
“...In 1991, the head of the Moscow Department of Education (DOE) was supposedly amazed at the youth she met who were a part of Gothard’s Advanced Training Institute (ATI) working in Russia. She invited more ATI youth to Russia and 320 responded to come and teach character in the public schools of Moscow. Moscow’s DOE also gave ATI a five-acre complex to use. Since that date, more than 2,000 students have spent various periods of time in Moscow teaching in public schools, working with orphans, counseling delinquent teenagers, assisting pensioner teachers, and doing other community service.
This complex is now the campus for the Moscow College of the Advanced Training Institute, and also a Training Center and refuge for orphans and juvenile delinquents. News of the work in Russia has spawned invitations from Taiwan, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Bolivia, Mexico, and China, as well as from many U.S. cities. (Source: IBLP Internet web site, 8/97.) As of mid-2000, more than 75 cities worldwide have become part of Gothard’s “International Association of Character Cities.”
In 1992, the mayor of Indianapolis invited ATI young people to come to the city and to work in a low-income, high-crime area. There was a news article in The Indianapolis News (8/20/92) about the city of Indianapolis considering a link with Gothard: “Lambart (representing Gothard) said the group does not promote religion or church, but simply deals with ‘non-optional, universal principles of life. [This sounds suspiciously like paganism’s “universal life principles.”] … The concern within the social services community is that we help a person … without any sectarian overtones.'” Why was Gothard trying to convince the city that he helps the community “without any sectarian overtones,” while with Christians he claims to be totally Bible-based? Is this consistent with God’s Word? (Reported in the 10/92, The Biblical Examiner.)
In February of 1993, Gothard set up a permanent facility in Indianapolis (Indianapolis Training Institute), claiming that “the results are achieved through standards of excellence and practical life application of what is learned. Only then will young people learn to be problem solvers and become effective in helping others.” (Emphasis added.) The county’s juvenile court began sending young offenders to a Gothard rehabilitation facility, the Indianapolis Training Institute, which serves as a school for more than 100 children. Some families have complained to the state when it was discovered that the “intensive family counseling” provided consisted of “viewing 15 IBLP religious tapes” (The Indianapolis Star).
The Indianapolis experiment has now been developed into a character training program in other parts of the U.S. Gothard stated, “Twenty American cities and states and other nations have officially invited the Institute and those who have applied the principles of this Seminar to help them build stronger families!” As of mid-2000, there were 17 training centers worldwide….”
Bill Gothard is simply one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful man in the United States.
“…His organizations are also reaching into surprising places in US society. Though his home school support/curriculum organization Advanced Training Institute is only popular with like minded fundamentalists a follower of his, Tom Hill, started a training course called Character First, that is used in public schools, workplaces and other organizations, in 28 countries. Their website claims that over 300,000 people a year go through their training every month, and the organization, when asked, tries to distance themselves from Gothard, even thought they admit that their founder and Gothard are close friends, and that most of their character principles are taken word for word from the Institute from Basic Life Principles, a Gothard organization and that Tom Hill served on the board of IBLP….”
The series concludes tomorrow.