Thursday, March 20, 2014

Another One Bites the Dust

No, not Grand-daddy Phelps, though the passing of the Westboro Church founder is noteworthy.

I'm announcing the resignation of megachurch founder Bill Gothard after allegations of sexual misconduct. This is not some small-town preacher. His fans include the glassy-eyed Duggar family *ptui* and preacher turned politician turned pundit, Mike Huckabee. He's one of the leaders of the home-school movement. His "Advanced Training Institute" is one of the main squawkboxes for Christian moral superiority. You can learn low-level skills at his "Verity Institute." Or earn a Certificate in Basic Life Principles by taking courses such as Biblical Life Principles V, in which "students focus on the Fall of man as the cause of society’s problems."

So in true churchy scandal tradition, he is a leader in the "holier-than-thou" sanctimonious cult tradition that seems to create big-time hypocrites. And what is he accused of? He didn't just have a fling with one buxom secretary - he molested or harassed over thirty women!

Fortunately, some of the victims of his backwards theology have been able to leave it behind them. Check out "Recovering Grace"


Grundy said...

Part of me hopes no one will protest at his funeral...another part hopes everyone will.

LadyAtheist said...

At first I hoped nobody would, but now I hope they do. Perhaps if the family understood first hand the effect of having their family's grief being used as a political event they might feel something for the families they've been tormenting. After going through it once themselves, how would they look at the grieving families of the next funeral they picket? At least granddaddy is being picketed because of something he himself did. Picketing military families for something they had nothing to do with is really heartless.