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If you have spent any time on Free Jinger, you will likely recognize the acronyms ATI and IBLP. This is the fundamentalist ministry created by Bill Gothard, an unmarried man who believes such things as: There has long been talk about both Bill Gothard and his brother committing acts of sexual misconduct with female employees and interns. As long ago as 1980, Gothard admitted to "moral failures" with some of the staff. We at FJ have long awaited some kind of action to be taken against this unmarried man who had unlimited access to vulnerable women who are taught from birth that if a man "stumbles" it is the woman's fault. On around October 21, 2015, we became aware that a civil lawsuit had finally been filed against IBLP and all the members of the Board. Bill Gothard is no longer part of the organization, having been forced to resign after another round of accusations in 2014. The board members named in the lawsuit are: John Stancil, Anthony Burrus, Gil Bates, Timothy Levendusky, Charles Stephen Paine, Jr., and David York. From Recovering Grace: The Complain in it's entirety can be found at the Chicago Tribune Each of the 5 Plaintiffs are asking for $50,000. Once a leader in the homeschooling movement, Gothard's ministry has managed to largely fly under the radar of the general public, despite having some rather high profile adherents. Recently, Rep. Daniel Webster (R -FL) was considering a run for Speaker of the House, following John Boehner's resignation. Arguably the most famous followers are The Duggar family of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting, which was cancelled after several scandals related to the oldest Duggar child, Josh. In May, 2015, In Touch magazine dropped the bombshell that when Josh Duggar was a teenager he sexually abused at least 5 girls, including several of his siblings. In August, it was revealed that Josh had not one, but two accounts at Ashley Madison, a website which has the tagline "Life is short. Have an affair." For some 10 seasons, the Duggars have been promoted by TLC as a (very) large, happy Christian family. They have shown the Duggars on the campaign trail for politicians such a Mike Huckabee and RIck Santorum. While claiming to be a shiny, happy Christian family, the Duggars have spoken out against the gay community and abortion. Josh was hired by the Family Research Council and moved to Washington, DC, which was also documented on 19 Kids and Counting. Recently, Gothard and his ministry have gotten more mainstream attention thanks to Josh Duggars misconduct and hypocrisy coming to light. While the Duggar family show, 19 Kids and Counting was cancelled by TLC, they have recently announced that they plan to do several "special episodes" of a show starring the newly married Duggar children, Jill Dillard and Jessa Sewald. What some people may not know is that another high profile Gothard adherent also has a TV show. Gil Bates and his family have a show titled Bringing Up Bates on the UP network. The Bateses are often seen as a less strict, more fun version of the Duggars. They also have 19 kids and in the last several years have married off 4 children, some of which were shown on either 19 Kids and Counting or Bringing up Bates. In fact, one of the Bates children married the son of Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) You might recognize the name Gil Bates from earlier in this post. That's right, he is a member of the Board of IBLP and was named in the lawsuit. The general public may have the Duggar's number thanks to Josh, but there is still a high profile IBLP member that has a platform to show off these dangerous beliefs on TV and he seems to be slipping under the radar, just like the Duggars did for many years. Please join us for discussion here: http://www.freejinger.org/topic/24484-negligence-lawsuit-filed-against-iblp/#top Further reading: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2015/10/22/five-women-sue-bill-gothards-ministry-that-has-ties-to-the-duggars/ http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2015/10/23/fundamentalist_duggar_connected_ministry_is_sued_for_sex_abuse_cover_up.html http://www.salon.com/2015/10/23/the_cult_of_duggar_worship_must_be_stopped_theres_nothing_glamorous_about_the_familys_ongoing_hypocrisy/
uber frau posted a topic in Mormons - MormonismJust when VF has imploded, and Bill Gothard might find himself being asked some uncomfortable questions by a prosecutor, Thomas S. Monson, President of the COJCOLDS, has been issued a court summons to answer to allegations of fraud in the UK. Tom Phillips, an ex-Mormon who climbed to quite a high rank in the Mormon church in the UK including attaining the second anointing, has filed a case alleging that, as head of the corporation that is the COJCOLDS, Monson made false and misleading claims to ensure financial gain. It seems quite complicated, especially as I have no real knowledge of UK law, but it's seems like it might be worth a watch. mormonthink.com/ Here's the wiki entry outlining the UK Fraud Act 2006. There's more coverage here: mormondisclosures.blogspot.com.au/2014/02/media-blitzed-monson-summoned-to-court.html As well as threads on the various and assorted ex and New Order Mormon boards. Apparently, Tom Phillips's blog was hacked and he was forced to publish before he was quite ready. It was intended to be published as a scoop by mainstream media, but he's missed out on that one. So far only USA Today has covered it, I wonder if anyone else will pick it up.
tropaka posted a topic in Quiverfull of Fundamentalist Mormonism (including polygamy and Warren Jeffs)http://www.deseretnews.com/article/8655 ... tml?pg=all http://ivn.us/2012/06/26/department-jus ... h-arizona/
Dear Chuck O'Neal, Free speech includes the interwebz. http://www.katu.com/news/local/Beaveton ... 27055.html Beaverton "Grace" Church is suing former members for posting slander on a personal survivor-esque blog. He is suing the author of the blog, as well as her adult daughter and two others who posted about the shunning, spiritual abuse, and complete mindfuckery that happened at that church. Is 'grace' some sort of code-word for messed up beyond all reason churches?