Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Revisiting the Disapperance of Carol Anne Cole (A New Bethany Mystery)

A new series at No Longer Quivering
by Suzanne Titkemeyer
 

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In the last three years or so both NLQ (No Longer Quivering) and NLQ SASBN member Bruce Gerencser have written about the disappearance of Carol Ann Cole, her eventual identification as the Louisiana murder victim known only as Bossier Doe and the possible links between Carol Ann and troubled teen home New Bethany.

(NLQ stands for No Longer Quivering, 
and the SASBN refers to the Spiritual Abuse Survivor Blogs Network.)

It was only last year when DNA analysis confirmed what many thought, that Bossier Doe was Carol Ann Cole. Many breathed a sigh of relief, thought that the case was mostly closed and moved on to fresher news. But the sad fact remains that the 35 year old murder of Carol Ann Cole and the mystery of her disappearance is still unsolved.

A few months ago I spoke with someone who had been a resident at New Bethany who has been instrumental in keeping up with the years of information on the disappearance and murder of Carol Ann. There are literally thousands of documents and sources that I’ve been combing through, reading and making notes, trying to make sense of this. It is a large confusing mess, with the case considered closed years ago with the false confession of serial killer Henry Lee Lucas and what seems to be people desperate to make the public think that Carol Ann Cole was never at New Bethany Home for Girls. The more people I talk to involved in this, and the more legal documents I view, the more questions come up.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

About the Panel: Overcoming the Baptist Myth of Family

Welcome to the resource page that accompanies the discussion:

From Demanding Duggar Cradle to Troubled Teen Home:  
Overcoming the Baptist Myth of Family
Friday, July 1st, Dallas, TX

View the slides here, and visit Slideshare's website for download.




Please use the tabs at the top of this information blog
for further research (or use the links also listed below)
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Abstract
Cable television's Learning Channel publicizes the wholesome facade of family through the Duggar Family's "19 Kids and Counting" show, but few viewers understand the dark underbelly of their formulaic, high demand ideology.  Considering this reality show family as a prototype and their deep roots in the Independent Baptist movement, this presentation will delve into the variety of extreme measures used to enforce their panacea of a mythical family ideal.

With a special focus on corporal punishment and the incarceration of children in "troubled teen industry" homes, two Second Generation Adult survivors of this system will recount their experiences within this religious movement.  This presentation specifically endeavors to highlight the unique recovery needs of those who have endured the profound trauma of the Baptist residential teen home experience.  Janet Heimlich will explore the challenges of addressing and preventing this variety of Religious Child Maltreatment.

Panel Participants

          Jo Wright. Raised in the jungles of Paraguay, Joanna Wright grew up in James Saint John's pseudo-Christian cult compound of 76 people known as Beulah Land. Her father, an Independent Fundamental Baptist (IFB) minister, was eventually imprisoned there after a civil uprising created by "the Group" (as they chose to be called). She escaped the abusiveness of the IFB system and a violent marriage in early adulthood with an infant and no preparation for living in the outside world. Therapy and growth enabled her to raise three children into independent, educated, and kind-to-the-core adulthood. She also completed two college degrees, studying both criminology (A.S.) and psychology (B.S.). In 1998, Ms. Wright founded Hope4Kidz, Inc. with a focus on foster children placed in Residential Treatment Centers and worked with the Texas State Comptroller to expose and address problems with institutional warehousing of children in foster care. Ms. Wright provided valuable input to The Forgotten Children’s Report in 2004 that resulted in numerous policy changes. After retiring from Hope4Kidz, Ms. Wright now works as both book editor and author while encouraging others in their writing.

          Susan Grotte.  As a teenager in the 1980s, Susan endured 29 months at Hephzibah House, a troubled teen residential home for girls operated by an Independent Fundamental Baptist affiliate in Winona Lake, IN. She has contributed vital information about life within the walls of religious teen homes through many media interviews and documentaries. Her website, HephzibahGirls.com, documents the testimonies of her former sister residents and workers at the "boarding home" which continues to operate today. She resides happily in the Midwest with husband and family.

          Sunny Linkfield is a survivor of Straight Incorporated. This abusive teen rehab center, convinced thousands of parents that normal behavior was a sign of druggie behavior. Sunny was an over achiever but became a moody teenager, experimenting with pot, alcohol and a few other drugs. After her parents read an article in Reader's Digest, they dropped her off in a warehouse called Straight Inc. Sunny is now a make-up artist/esthetician and a trainer in retail cosmetics. She was recently interviewed in the new documentary, Fix My Kid, and was also the lead make-up artist for the film. Ms. Linkfield is active with the International Cultic Studies Association. She has been interviewed for NBC Nightly News and has spoken at Columbia University about the troubled teen industry. In April, 2013, Sunny spoke with Congressman Miller's office to modify the bill: Stop Abuse in Residential Treatment Centers for Teens Act. She also organized a seminar in DC on The Abuses in the Troubled Teen Industry. Sunny is active in raising awareness abroad on these abusive teen programs and is fighting for the US to ratify the United Nations Convention for the Rights of a Child. Currently, the US and Somalia are the only two countries who have not ratified the treaty.


Friday, June 17, 2016

From Demanding Duggar Cradle to Troubled Teen Home


Cindy Kunsman & Jan Heimlich, ICSA Montreal 2012

Friday, July 1, 2016

Panel:  Overcoming the Baptist Myth of Family

Cynthia Kunsman:  Moderator/Interviewer
Cindy Foster, Susan Grotte, Joanna Wright:  Discussants
Janet Heimlich:  Summary and Discussion

http://www.icsahome.com/events/conferenceannual

     Cable television's Learning Channel publicizes the wholesome facade of family through the Duggar Family's "19 Kids and Counting" show, but few viewers understand the dark underbelly of their formulaic, high demand ideology.  Considering this reality show family as a prototype and their deep roots in the Independent Baptist movement, this presentation will delve into the variety of extreme measures used to enforce their panacea of a mythical family ideal.

     With a special focus on corporal punishment and the incarceration of children in "troubled teen industry" homes, two Second Generation Adult survivors of this system will recount their experiences within this religious movement.  This presentation specifically endeavors to highlight the unique recovery needs of those who have endured the profound trauma of the Baptist residential teen home experience.  Janet Heimlich will explore the challenges of addressing and preventing this variety of Religious Child Maltreatment.

For more information about attending, 
visit the ICSA Website.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The High Priests of the IFB Using Judaic Texts to “Lord it Over” their Sheep, RCC Style


Blog commentary concerning
in response to


[Blog Host Commentary noted in brackets] and “unique” formatting added to help convey the concepts as clearly as possible.
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About these guys and their penchant for trespassing outside their own KJB reservation:
I suspect that some Protestant sects are going the way of the Catholic Church...
  • by which I don't mean that they're going the way the Catholic Church is going now
  • but the way the Catholic Church was going back in the 17th century
    • when the Protestant communities split off from it.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Gothard and Williams Draw their Cultic Hatred of Dinah from the Hebrew Midrash


When I became involved in a church that followed the teachings of Bill Gothard, and as I spent more time with my same-aged peers who were involved in the Evangelical Christian homeschooling movement, I was surprised by the way they characterized certain women in the Bible. The teachings of many ministers within Independent Fundamental Baptist (IFB) church does not differ from what I heard – which all stems back to Gothard.

Here, I hope to highlight the identical teachings found in Ron Williams' sermon about “strange women,” the way that the King James Version of the Bible translates the term for “prostitute.” Anyone, including the youngest of children, who gets sexually molested/raped is said to bear a burden of sin in their own assault. The root of the teaching seems not to be based in the Bible but in rabbinical commentaries.

Please also take note that I make note of the King James text because the IFB capitalizes on the idea that only the KJV of the Bible is accurate and inspired or "God-breathed."  Only it contains the true interpretation of Scripture.  In other instances, they reject outside commentary and information, so the fact that they draw information from Jews who reject Jesus Christ in addition to the fact that they've gone outside of their own belief system to find material to preach is beyond hypocrisy.  In all other instances, the IFB rejects hermeneutics (a method of faithful study of a text) that rely on historical documentation to put Scripture into perspective.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Christian Evangelicals who Vilify Women and Children


The Popularity of Evangelical Christian Patriarchy in the US:
The Vilification and Abuse of Women and Children

(Presentation at the 2012 International Cultic Studies Association Conference in Montreal)
Addendum:  Original link broken.  View presentation citation at ICSA here.

The popularity of Christian evangelical patriarchy in the US and the resultant vilification and abuse of women and children
 
In response to a wide array of societal changes and the open acceptance of less traditional and more liberal lifestyles within the overall culture, a growing and significant number of vocal Protestant Christians within the United States have sought to influence society to return to an idealized version of traditional, conservative religious practices.  Issues concerning gender and trends that are believed to threaten the institution of the traditional, nuclear family provoke negative emotion among religious conservatives, ranging from general anxiety to specific fears of a perceived and seemingly inevitable apocalyptic demise of the Christian faith and of the nation.  

Sunday, January 31, 2016

INDEX - Quiverfull: The View from Here


This series of posts results from the information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quvierfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.

This presentation hopes to provide a consolidated and comprehensive understanding of the phenomenon.

(Special thanks to Suzanne Titkemeyer and NLQ for helping me to select some of the best material in response to the questions regarding birthing.)

Saturday, January 30, 2016

The General Appeal of Quiverfull (QF: The View from Here)


This series of posts results includes excerpts from information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quiverfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.

Find the Index of all posts HERE.

Question:
What do you believe is the appeal of QF to women in 2015 America?

Response Part One:

Friday, January 29, 2016

Strategies for Educating Children (QF: The View from Here)


This series of posts results includes excerpts from information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quiverfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.

Find the Index of all posts HERE.

Question:
What do you believe is the appeal of QF to women in 2015 America?

Response Part Two:

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A Virtuous, Better Way? (QF: The View from Here)


This series of posts results includes excerpts from information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quiverfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.
Find the Index of all posts HERE.

Question:
With so much freedom and opportunities, why are women attracted to a cult that offers such a restricted way of life?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Introduction to the High Demand Group Concept (QF: The View from Here)


This series of posts results includes excerpts from information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quiverfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.
Find the Index of all posts HERE.

Question:
How are women controlled by the inherent patriarchy of QF?

Response Part One:

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Quiverfull as a High Demand Group (QF: The View from Here)


This series of posts results includes excerpts from information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quiverfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.

Find the Index of all posts HERE.

Question:
How are women controlled by the inherent patriarchy of QF?

Response Part Two:

Monday, January 25, 2016

The Pressure to Procrreate (QF: The View from Here)


This series of posts results includes excerpts from information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quiverfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.

Find the Index of all posts HERE.

Question:
In your initial email you mention that you've never been able to carry a pregnancy beyond eight weeks. Have you heard of women being shunned from QF for a similar reason? If a woman is made to believe her entire purpose is to procreate, where does that leave those who cannot?


Response Part One:

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Rejection of the Childless in Quvierfull (QF: The View from Here)


This series of posts results includes excerpts from information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quiverfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.

Find the Index of all posts HERE.

Question:
In your initial email you mention that you've never been able to carry a pregnancy beyond eight weeks. Have you heard of women being shunned from QF for a similar reason? If a woman is made to believe her entire purpose is to procreate, where does that leave those who cannot?


Response Part Two:

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Changing Standards in Family Size (QF: The View from Here)


This series of posts results includes excerpts from information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quiverfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.

Find the Index of all posts HERE.

Question:
What changes did you see among the many peers that did join QF? How did their personalities, dress, happiness levels et cetera alter?


Response Part One:

Friday, January 22, 2016

Gradually Culled into Patriarchy (QF: The View from Here)


This series of posts results includes excerpts from information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quiverfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.
Find the Index of all posts HERE.

Question:
What changes did you see among the many peers that did join QF? How did their personalities, dress, happiness levels et cetera alter?


Response Part Two:

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Life Transitions for Aging Moms (QF: The View from Here)

This series of posts results includes excerpts from information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quiverfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.

Find the Index of all posts HERE.

Question:
What changes did you see among the many peers that did join QF? How did their personalities, dress, happiness levels et cetera alter?


Response Part Three:

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Reactions of Parents to New Recruits (QF: The View from Here)


This series of posts results includes excerpts from information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quiverfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.
Find the Index of all posts HERE.

Question:
What changes did you see among the many peers that did join QF? How did their personalities, dress, happiness levels et cetera alter?

Response Part Four:

Monday, January 18, 2016

Need for Validation and Education after Leaving (QF: The View from Here)


This series of posts results includes excerpts from information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quiverfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.

Find the Index of all posts HERE.

Question:
Have you directly helped/counselled women through the experience of leaving QF?

Response Part One:

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Need for Counseling After Exiting (QF: The View from Here)


This series of posts results includes excerpts from information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quiverfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.
Find the Index of all posts HERE.

Question:
Have you directly helped/counselled women through the experience of leaving QF?

Response Part One:

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Babies and Mary Pride (QF: The View from Here)


This series of posts results includes excerpts from information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quiverfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.

Find the Index of all posts HERE.

Question:
Can you elaborate on the experiences you've heard from survivors of the QF cult? The lack of healthcare, emotional and physical abuse, risks of so many pregnancies and births, girls being robbed of their own childhoods, shame surrounding bodies and sex et cetera. It would be great to flesh those as a little so the readers can really understand the terrible impact of these on the women that you've helped.
Pregnancy and Birthing, Response Part One:

Friday, January 15, 2016

Social Engineering and Darwinism (QF: The View from Here)


This series of posts results includes excerpts from information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quiverfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.
Find the Index of all posts HERE.

Question:
Can you elaborate on the experiences you've heard from survivors of the QF cult? The lack of healthcare, emotional and physical abuse, risks of so many pregnancies and births, girls being robbed of their own childhoods, shame surrounding bodies and sex et cetera. It would be great to flesh those as a little so the readers can really understand the terrible impact of these on the women that you've helped.


Pregnancy and Birthing, Response Part Two:

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Babies, Post-Mary Pride, and More Social Engineering (QF: The View from Here)


This series of posts results includes excerpts from information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quiverfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.

Find the Index of all posts HERE.

Question:
Can you elaborate on the experiences you've heard from survivors of the QF cult? The lack of healthcare, emotional and physical abuse, risks of so many pregnancies and births, girls being robbed of their own childhoods, shame surrounding bodies and sex et cetera. It would be great to flesh those as a little so the readers can really understand the terrible impact of these on the women that you've helped.


Pregnancy and Birthing, Response Part Three:

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Martyrdom by Ectopic Pregnancy (QF: The View from Here)


This series of posts results includes excerpts from information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quiverfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.

Find the Index of all posts HERE.

Question:
Can you elaborate on the experiences you've heard from survivors of the QF cult? The lack of healthcare, emotional and physical abuse, risks of so many pregnancies and births, girls being robbed of their own childhoods, shame surrounding bodies and sex et cetera. It would be great to flesh those as a little so the readers can really understand the terrible impact of these on the women that you've helped.


Pregnancy and Birthing, Response Part Four:

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Links to Personal stories of Birthing (QF: The View from Here)


This series of posts results includes excerpts from information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quiverfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.
Find the Index of all posts HERE.

Question:
Can you elaborate on the experiences you've heard from survivors of the QF cult? The lack of healthcare, emotional and physical abuse, risks of so many pregnancies and births, girls being robbed of their own childhoods, shame surrounding bodies and sex et cetera. It would be great to flesh those as a little so the readers can really understand the terrible impact of these on the women that you've helped.


Pregnancy and Birthing, Response Part Five:

Monday, January 11, 2016

Birthing, Tess Willoughby, and the Great Commission (QF: The View from Here)


This series of posts results includes excerpts from information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quiverfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.

Find the Index of all posts HERE.

Question:
Can you elaborate on the experiences you've heard from survivors of the QF cult? The lack of healthcare, emotional and physical abuse, risks of so many pregnancies and births, girls being robbed of their own childhoods, shame surrounding bodies and sex et cetera. It would be great to flesh those as a little so the readers can really understand the terrible impact of these on the women that you've helped.


Pregnancy and Birthing, Response Part Six:

A summary of the saga of Tess Willoughby as it appears at No Longer Quivering

Sunday, January 10, 2016

War Against Women in Family Court? (QF: The View from Here)


This post results includes excerpts from information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quiverfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.

Find the Index of all posts HERE.

Question:
Can you elaborate on the experiences you've heard from survivors of the QF cult? The lack of healthcare, emotional and physical abuse, risks of so many pregnancies and births, girls being robbed of their own childhoods, shame surrounding bodies and sex et cetera. It would be great to flesh those as a little so the readers can really understand the terrible impact of these on the women that you've helped.


A REDUNDANT POST IN THIS SERIES: 
 
Read about the context of the excerpted statement in the previous post,

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Second Generation Adults (Raised in the Movement) (QF: The View from Here)


This series of posts results includes excerpts from information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quiverfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.

Find the Index of all posts HERE.

Question:
Can you elaborate on the experiences you've heard from survivors of the QF cult? The lack of healthcare, emotional and physical abuse, risks of so many pregnancies and births, girls being robbed of their own childhoods, shame surrounding bodies and sex et cetera. It would be great to flesh those as a little so the readers can really understand the terrible impact of these on the women that you've helped.

Raising Children, Response Part One:

Friday, January 8, 2016

Quivering Daughters (QF: The View from Here)


This series of posts results includes excerpts from information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quiverfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.

Find the Index of all posts HERE.

Question:
Can you elaborate on the experiences you've heard from survivors of the QF cult? The lack of healthcare, emotional and physical abuse, risks of so many pregnancies and births, girls being robbed of their own childhoods, shame surrounding bodies and sex et cetera. It would be great to flesh those as a little so the readers can really understand the terrible impact of these on the women that you've helped.


Raising Children, Response Part Two:

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Kingdom Mandates and Spiritual Covering (QF: The View from Here)


This series of posts results includes excerpts from information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quiverfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.

Find the Index of all posts HERE.

Question:
Can you elaborate on the experiences you've heard from survivors of the QF cult? The lack of healthcare, emotional and physical abuse, risks of so many pregnancies and births, girls being robbed of their own childhoods, shame surrounding bodies and sex et cetera. It would be great to flesh those as a little so the readers can really understand the terrible impact of these on the women that you've helped.


Raising Children, Response Part Three:

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Preferences for Complementary/Alternative Medicine (QF: The View from Here)


This series of posts results includes excerpts from information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quiverfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.

Find the Index of all posts HERE.

Question:
Can you elaborate on the experiences you've heard from survivors of the QF cult? The lack of healthcare, emotional and physical abuse, risks of so many pregnancies and births, girls being robbed of their own childhoods, shame surrounding bodies and sex et cetera. It would be great to flesh those as a little so the readers can really understand the terrible impact of these on the women that you've helped.


Raising Children, Response Part Four:

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

A Nightmare Memory of Corporal Punishment (QF: The View from Here)


This series of posts results includes excerpts from information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quiverfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.

Find the Index of all posts HERE.

Question:
Can you elaborate on the experiences you've heard from survivors of the QF cult? The lack of healthcare, emotional and physical abuse, risks of so many pregnancies and births, girls being robbed of their own childhoods, shame surrounding bodies and sex et cetera. It would be great to flesh those as a little so the readers can really understand the terrible impact of these on the women that you've helped.


Raising Children, Response Part Five:

Monday, January 4, 2016

For Parents or Children? (QF: The View from Here)


This series of posts results includes excerpts from information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quiverfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.

Find the Index of all posts HERE.

Question:
Can you elaborate on the experiences you've heard from survivors of the QF cult? The lack of healthcare, emotional and physical abuse, risks of so many pregnancies and births, girls being robbed of their own childhoods, shame surrounding bodies and sex et cetera. It would be great to flesh those as a little so the readers can really understand the terrible impact of these on the women that you've helped.


Raising Children, Response Part Six:

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Manipulation and Control (QF: The View from Here)


This series of posts results includes excerpts from information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quiverfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.

Find the Index of all posts HERE.

Question:
Can you also elaborate on the stories you have heard about the control methods used within QF? How does spiritual abuse within QF actually manifest itself?

Response Part One:

Saturday, January 2, 2016

The HUGE Dealbreaker in my High Demand Church (QF: The View from Here)


This series of posts results includes excerpts from information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quiverfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.
Find the Index of all posts HERE.

Question:
Can you also elaborate on the stories you have heard about the control methods used within QF? How does spiritual abuse within QF actually manifest itself?

Response Part Two:

Friday, January 1, 2016

Shock, Awe and Curses (QF: The View from Here)


This series of posts results includes excerpts from information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quiverfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.

Find the Index of all posts HERE.

Question:
Can you also elaborate on the stories you have heard about the control methods used within QF? How does spiritual abuse within QF actually manifest itself?

Response Part Three: