Thankfully, these poor Generation Joshua kids are coming of age and DITCHING their religions. The Evangelical homeschool era (80s and 90s) were the
worst for propagating Fundamentalist "soldiers" by indoctrinating and abusing their kids - keeping them away from the public.
Escape from Christian
Fundamentalism - the Kids Who Flee Abusive, Isolated Christian Homes
They were raised to carry the fundamentalist banner forward and redeem America. But now their Generation is rebelling.
Now, those kids are leaving, in droves; realizing they were 'prisoners' in their homes, and their parents were crazed fanatics. The kids leave home
(IF they get out safely) and see that they are UNPREPARED to live in the real world;
this article is long, but it gives some actual stories that will send chills (evil chills) down your spine to read.
It's reprinted on the above source from The American Prospect original source here:
The Homeschool Apostates
Now, it's not news that I fight against early indoctrination and abuse of kids into fundamentalist Christian dogma; I've made several threads along
those lines. Some readers may not have believed my claims, or recognized the ugly truths about it, but it's getting noisier out there. Time to stop
this nonsense. IT IS CHILD ABUSE.
THIS ARTICLE talks about what happens to those kids once they escape the "nest"...and it ISN'T PRETTY. This is the generation who will take the reins
next. I can only cheer them on and hope that their parents' misguided and appalling 'methods' will become ILLEGAL in the near future.
Happily, there are now forums and blogs dedicated to helping them out; and "out" they are coming, with support from others who have been brave enough
to do so.
They're finding support amongst their peers. YAY for growing up and abandoning stupidity despite what their parents did to them!
“Children in these situations are taught that if you talk badly about your parents, that’s a sin, and you’re going to hell,” Lauren says.
“So when they finally get the courage and determination to say something, no one believes them, because they didn’t say anything all those years.
You end up having to find an entirely new support network of people who actually believe you.”
In Washington, that new support network immediately kicked in. Through an informal group of young women who broke away from fundamentalist families,
Lauren had become friends with Hännah Ettinger, who writes “Wine & Marble,” a blog about transitioning out
of fundamentalist culture.
Hannah says this:
One of the things that has been a constant struggle for me, as a woman leaving the world of Christian patriarchy, has been
reconciling reality to my learned “right” responses. I have to be gutsy and take charge of my life and heed my personality type and my needs and
make sure I’m living in a way that works best for who I am. But it’s hard to learn to do this, because I grew up considering myself strongest when
deferring to other’s needs and wants, most godly when negating my desires, and most strong and female when abandoning my preferences to respond and
absorb the desires and choices of others.
The term I’ve heard used for this is “learned helplessness” and it’s frequently a gendered problem, but I think it’s not just an issue for
women. It’s also an issue for everyone in the ”new reformed” circles of young Calvinists.
Here are some other 'outlets' and 'resources' mentioned as well:
The website that linked to Jennifer’s story was Homeschoolers Anonymous, launched in March by two homeschool graduates, Ryan Stollar and
Nicholas Ducote. Their goal was to show what goes on behind closed doors in some Christian homeschooling families—to share, as one blogger puts it,
“the stories we were never allowed to talk about as children.”
As of October, Homeschoolers Anonymous had published nearly 200 personal accounts and
attracted more than 600,000 page views.For those outside the homeschooling movement, and for many inside it, the stories are revelatory and often
shocking. The milder ones detail the haphazard education received from parents who, with little state oversight, prioritize obedience and religious
training over learning. Some focus on women living under strict patriarchal regimes. Others chronicle appalling abuse that lasted for
From Homeschooler's Anonymous:
Homeschoolers Anonymous is a cooperative project by former homeschoolers. We are an inclusive community interested in sharing our experiences
growing up in the conservative, Christian homeschooling subculture. From the Quiverfull movement to the betrothal/courtship mentality to Generation
Joshua and the dominionist attitudes of HSLDA, we are survivors. And we are standing together to make our voices heard. We want the world to hear our
stories and we want to give hope to those who are still immersed in that world.
Homeschoolers Anonymous is expanding to become a non-profit organization called HARO — Homeschool Alumni Reaching Out. HARO’s goals is improve
homeschooling communities for future generations by educating homeschooling families about abuse and self-injury, building financial and emotional
support for the next generation, and continuing to share our stories and experiences.
One of their articles is this:
HOME IS WHERE THE HURT IS: MARY’S STORY,
HA notes: The following series is an original non-fiction story that spans 33 pages of single-spaced sentences. It will be divided into 10 parts. The
story begins during the author’s early childhood and goes up to the present. At each stage the author writes according to the age she is at.
Trigger warnings: various parts of this story contain descriptions of graphic, often sadistic, physical abuse of children, apologisms for religious
abuse, deprivation of food, as well as references to rape.
If you, kind reader, are genuinely interested in helping our youths and emerging adults to be good leaders, to steward our nation into the future,
PLEASE do not brush these atrocities aside.
It is wonderful that these kids are resilient enough to pull themselves together; but far, far too many are still caught in "Jesus Camp" homes, and it
really, really needs to stop. Those who have escaped (and Nate Phelps is a good example) find that they are exquisitely ill-equipped to deal with the
real world, to have normal relationships, to make autonomous decisions, to parent or provide spousal support.
Thanks for reading. Enough horror on these sites and in these articles to keep you busy for days...
WHAT do we WANT for our kids?
Whatever "God" is; it needs to spare the world from its most twisted 'followers'.
edit on 12/9/13 by wildtimes because: (no reason given)