Monday, December 17, 2007

Gothard Hearts Huckabee
Finally, a presidential candidate with character.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nancy Taylor, a city council member in Hayden, Idaho came to the ITC two years ago with 11 others from Idaho. She was looking forward to what was billed as a simple character training seminar.
Instead, she and some of the other officials said, it was three days of religious indoctrination.
"There was more and more and more religious content, scriptural references, prayers, discussions of ministry, God," Taylor said.
In letters to her hometown newspaper and to Mayor Bart Peterson, Taylor enumerated her complaints, including:
• Being subjected to constant marching and religious music.
• Seeing young women serving drinks and cleaning up while young men ate dinner with guests.
• Women officials being instructed to be submissive to their husbands.
"I saw youth that were being brainwashed and manipulated into submission," she wrote.
Taylor also said attendees were locked in and couldn't leave without permission.
"It's trying to get people to buy into something under false conditions," she said. "That's not truth and honesty. That is a lack of character."
Taylor's training began with a talk by controversial Chicago-area evangelist Bill Gothard. Secular and religious critics of his organization say he mixes church and state and puts too much emphasis on authority.
"The result of that is an unquestioning allegiance to Bill Gothard's teaching rather than to the Bible, and that becomes dangerous," said Don Veinot, director of the Midwest Christian Outreach.
Gothard sits atop a $63 million religious empire called the Institute in Basic Life Principles. In addition to Indiana, it operates in Michigan, Illinois, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and California. It also has ministries in eight other countries, including an orphanage in Russia.
Gothard's work has the support of prominent officials like former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith and Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who helped dedicate a log cabin counseling program for troubled youth in that state.
"We ask God and his people to help this state and all we do become a place where people have their lives changed," Huckabee said.

9:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its a good thing huckabee dropped out of his bid for nomination. he's the only person i can think of that would be a WORSE prez than the one we have now! i'd have to move to canada. or slit my wrist. or both.

-a Verrryyy bitter x-ati girl ;)


mwah! xoxo

9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know that this is not on the subject... but a big hell ya to all the x-ati people. I always thought I was kinda alone out there in my feelings towards this, um, ati cult, but it's great to know I'm not crazy...B.G. pissed off other people too!

1:17 PM  

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