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two more good links

While we are on the subject of patriocentricity, I found a refreshing essay by a mom who is discovering these teachings and what is behind them. After having attended a homeschooling convention and being subjected to Rick Boyer’s radical pro-family integrated church agenda, leaving her daughter in tears, Momma Knows is asking questions we all wish would be answered. I look forward to her coming insights as she researches this topic. I am amazed at how much we are learning from each other.

I also saw a link on John’s blog last week to an article that discusses the Civil War and the author’s research into understanding the divide that is still taking place over a 144 year old war, even between homeschooling families. This is important because it is yet one more tentacle that is reaching out from within the patriocentric groups and dividing Christians. In Kathryn Joyce’s book Quiverfull, which I intend to review here now that I only have a few pages left to read, she tells the story of being with Vision Forum’s Jamestown celebration group when the band struck up a “rousing version of Dixie that brought the crowd to their feet,” indicative of the influence of Phillips’ cut and paste version of American History that has become so popular in homeschooling circles. This article answered a lot of questions for me.



  Joanna wrote @

I am so glad that you put up that article about the Civil War. I’ve seen a Confederate-oriented-homeschool site that stated if we only looked at the original documents, we would know that the South was right, and slavery wasn’t that bad. But, and this is a huge but…they were almost exclusively citing the writings of Southern, white, slaveholders on their site. If you look at other kinds of historical data, a completely different story would emerge.

I have a historian friend who recently visited a historical site, and had access to the family documents. In the papers, she found the documents related to one of the family slaves–from the time she was sold as a five or six year old to the time she was finally emancipated in her 70s. Just looking at those two documents, an item of sale (for a human created in God’s image) and the document that freed the woman, my friend started crying.

I just struggle to understand how those who idealize (and sometimes idolize) family structures can turn a blind eye to one of the great evils (out of the many, many evils) of slavery, namely, the right to break up families for the “owner’s” monetary gain. Thank you for speaking out on this issue.

  Jack Brooks wrote @

Any Christian group that would celebrate, defend, or excuse the Confederacy’s pro-slavery policies, or the vicious thinking that lay beneath them, has to be considered “poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity”. Any such group forfeits the right to call itself pro-life.

  thatmom wrote @

Jack, you took the words right out of my mouth. This notion that the south was right based on “theology” is outrageous. This article was very thoughtful and its source documents are helpful.

Joanna, this issue has burned inside of me since my family was told by a church elder “the Klan has done some good things.” Kinda like saying that “abortionists” have done some good things or “Nazis” have done some good things.

  Momma Knows wrote @

It sickens me to realize that supposedly educated people think this way. And worse, that they try to use Scripture to justify the belief.

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