6 Examples of HSLDA Trying to Keep Vision Forum Outside the Mainstream

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By R.L. Stollar, HA Community Coordinator

On April 15, 2014, WorldNetDaily did an in-depth report on Lourdes Torres-Manteufel’s sexual assault lawsuit against Christian Patriarchy advocate Doug Phillips. In the report, WorldNetDaily interviewed Michael Farris from the Home School Legal Defense Association. Farris appeared to put Phillips and patriarchy “on blast”:

“As for the patriarchy movement, Farris said the teachings are not widely accepted in the broader homeschool community… ‘We have tried, by example, to keep this stuff outside the mainstream of the homeschooling movement.’”

Today we wanted to honor, remember, and reflect on those moments that truly encapsulate HSLDA’s attempts to keep this Vision Forum “stuff” outside the mainstream of the homeschooling movement. Here are 6 such moments:

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1. When HSLDA’s official blog refused to promote Vision Forum material…

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2. When HSLDA’s official blog was like, “No, we will never recommend Vision Forum or G.A. Henty to our members, especially not as recently as October 2012″…

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(G.A. Henty being that guy that, you know, wrote things like, “The intelligence of an average negro is about equal to that of a European child of ten years old” and praised “strong white power.”)

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3. When one of HSLDA’s Court Report writers, on HSLDA’s official blog, spoke up against a Vision Forum poetry book because of its oppressive view of “womanhood”…

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4. When HSLDA’s Early Years Coordinator — only 4 months ago, so 2 months after Doug Phillips resigned — made sure HSLDA’s opposition to Vision Forum was clear in their official curriculum suggestions…

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(The last available screen capture of the above was December 19, 2013. HSLDA has since quietly scrubbed this — and only this — particular reference to Vision Forum.)

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5. When, on October 22, 2013, HSLDA told Vision Forum, “We want to keep you out of the mainstream, so — no, we will not accept your advertising money, and we definitely will not display your catalog right next to Michael Farris’s face in Farris’s official HSLDA email newsletter”…

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6. When HSLDA took a brave stand against sponsoring conventions headlined by patriarchy advocates…

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…With enemies like this, who needs friends?

8 responses to “6 Examples of HSLDA Trying to Keep Vision Forum Outside the Mainstream

  1. Tangential, but please don’t hate on G. A. Henty. He’s scarcely responsible for Vision Forum. And I doubt he was any more racist than other authors of his time that we read. Not that the universality of racism in the 19th century makes it ok. But are we supposed to boycott all 19th century authors?
    And I agree that HSLDA did not take a stand against Patriarchy. :(

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  3. So fellow Christians have now become the enemy? By all means, let us give Satan a strong foothold to dig into and turn on our fellow brothers and sisters. Or might I suggest listening to Paul in Romans 14.

    • Thank you, Laura, for that truthful. loving, merciful, Christ-like word of wisdom, that I could hear Jesus Himself speak to the pharisees. Funny no one else threw a stone after your last comment. I wonder how many of the rest of us could reply to Jesus, “Yes, I do have stones to throw, because I am sinless”….or how many of the rest of us would want our Christian brothers and sisters to expose and spread, or keep remembrance alive of our worst sins (which Christ died to forgive), around to the public. Now, is it our responsibility to lift up the fallen righteous…..or stone them with gossip, smear-tactics, and constant reminders of the sins of others (other than ourselves)? What would Jesus do??

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