Thank you for covering the VF conference. I almost considered going but didn't think I could stomach that much propaganda. You haven't heard any radical ideas yet, everything you've written is very mainstream.This is why we need to scrutinize and challenge Christian fundamentalism. Fundamentalist subcultures do a grave disservice to young people, especially girls, and we need to call them out on it.
In reference to raising children in a closed information system, yes, it's done. I was one. We grow and sometimes escape (I did) but it's incredibly difficult to function as an adult in a society from which one has been isolated from, misinformed about, and totally unprepared for.
Personally, it has been extremely difficult to leave the patriarchy as a woman because not only are the escapees cut off from family and familiar social supports, there is culture shock and a STEEP learning curve to learn how to manage life. Being raised to be a baby maker/man servant/ daddy's puppet is terrible preparation for self-sufficient adulthood, and financial freedom is difficult to achieve. Additionally, it takes great effort to fight years of brainwashing that was literally beaten into you. Homeschoolers Anonymous is quickly filling with escapee stories.
So thank you for exposing the real and dangerous things said behind closed doors.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
A Powerful E-mail from One of My Readers
I've received several e-mails from readers about my series-in-progress on Vision Forum's History of America Mega-Conference. One reader, speaking from personal experience, reminded me how difficult it can be to escape from a fundamentalist subculture. I was so struck by her e-mail that I asked for permission to share it, which she granted.