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The Gothard Files: A Case for Disqualification | Recovering Grace

February 7, 2014

The Gothard Files: A Case for Disqualification | Recovering Grace.

I’m starting to think that there isn’t a single fundamentalist leader who isn’t a sexual predator. But when it’s only too easy for these men, the picture of godly leadership, to silence their accusers it’s just bound to attract the predator type. I haven’t read through all the stories linked in the article but it’s clear this is a long running system of abuse that has been repeatedly suppressed and covered up, even by the victims’ own families.

This story is of particular interest to me because I remember there were  a few years when my mother & stepfather were big into Gothard’s stuff. We even went as a family to the “Basic Seminar” from the Institute of Basic Life Principles for a couple years. It was a huge event, the audience completely filling an expo center near us. (which I have just looked up and is over 40,000 square feet) I don’t remember much of what was covered, just lots of stuff about authority, and how not submitting to authority correctly would result in all kinds of horrible problems. Oh look, the first session of the seminar is available free online!

Happily that phase of christianity didn’t last more than about the two years before even my mother realized how emotionally abusive the whole system was. Several boxes of the IBLP literature were trashed and we moved to a new church.

I’ll be keeping an eye on any Gothard developments and I can only hope that some kind of justice is done. Forever the optimist.

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