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Please explain to me why someone, who is becoming a popular speaker on the homeschooling circuit, writes blog entries like the one dated from September 1?

Here's the link to read it for yourself. I first saw it on Thatmom's blog.

Kevin Swanson's Take on Sarah Palin

These are harsh words spoken without compassion, full of judgement and scorn. I'd hate to be his homeschooled daughter who comes to Kevin Swanson with the news that she's pregnant out of wedlock. With a response like that, I'd think that girl would see abortion as a better option than a public, graceless, tongue lashing from her father. Apparently, it must not make any difference if you've repented and turned from your sin. Fornication, working outside the home, I guess these are the unforgivable sins?

Bristol Palin is making the hard, humiliating, difficult choice. She's admitting her mistake, taking responsibility for her actions, and choosing to give her child life and her baby a father. Is that contributing to the "demise of the family"? I'd say that's showing the world how God can take something wicked (sex outside the marriage covenant) and turn it into something beautiful: a loving family with a mom and dad who are committed to each other and to the life of their baby.

And this is the face of homeschooling presented to the culture.

10 comments:

Julie, you are exactly correct about the response many young girls have when faced in a similar situation. I once had a young woman, the daughter of a pastor, tell me her abortion story and how the main reasons she chose to abort was because she had heard the snide hurtful comments from ladies in their church who talked about "just such girls" and she didn't want to bring that shame on her dad. She still carried the pain of that choice, as did her husband who was the father of the baby.

You told it just like it is. Thank you.

September 17, 2008 at 5:48 AM  

What a jerk. I guess we know why he doesn't allow comments on his blog. I really, really wanted to let him what I thought of his hateful, mean words. When are the "good Christian people" like Kevin Swanson going to realize that young girls who mess up are not only just like their own daughters, they ARE their daughters.

September 17, 2008 at 11:14 AM  

Julie,
Thanks for such an honest post. It seems that the "good Christians" of the world are great at pointing out the problems and slamming them with all hardness of heart. But when will we as a people been known for compassion and justice, as our Leader was known? When will we be known for mercy and grace, even in the bleakest of situations? I wish that we could learn how to respond and rebuild such situations, rather than simply pointing fingers at "bad people."
On another note, I posted some pictures from our recent time in Africa. If you have a chance, I hope you can check them out. Grace and peace!

September 17, 2008 at 2:39 PM  

I too wanted to leave a comment for Mr. Swanson. I wondered if he recalls a moment from the gospels when a woman caught in adultery was brought to Jesus. Had she done something wrong? Yes. Did He forgive her? Yes. Did He make snide remarks and berate her? No. Did He write in the sand? Yes. Did her accusers leave? Yes.
Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

September 18, 2008 at 8:02 AM  

Such a good post. Thank you. I am horrified by his comments.

September 18, 2008 at 6:40 PM  

You are right on music minister's wife - what a jerk! His comments are not helpful, not compassionate, not Christ-like. His addition to the conversation is not appreciated.
I don't who that guy is - never heard of him - and I've been homeschooling for 9 years - but I hope it's conveyed that he doesn't represent homeschoolers or christians.

September 19, 2008 at 6:19 AM  

I'm expecting his blog post about this to be deleted eventually because it's so inflammatory.

In case you don't know, Kevin Swanson is huge in the Christian Home Educators of Colorado. He has a radio show and is part of the patriocentric movement within homeschooling. I'm sure you've heard of Doug Phillips and Vision Forum and this whole "vision casting" thing. If you want more information about this, be sure to click on thatmom's blog. She's written and spoken extensively about this topic.

What's frightening to me is that the folks who espouse this kind of teaching are the ones being asked to speak at homeschooling conventions around the country. Voddie Bauchaum, who I actually agree with on a lot of things, was interviewed on CNN about the Sarah Palin issue.

September 19, 2008 at 8:36 AM  

These comments are pathetic and come from a very shallow mind, and I too hope his blog is deleted.

In the meantime: Please visit my blog today. I've nominated (awarded) you the Brillante Weblog Award.

[Honestly, I don't understand the whole process - award? nominate? who really knows) . . but I pick YOU! I've come to your blog often and although I don't take the time to comment, do enjoy the time here.

There's a graphic for you to pick up and display on my Oct. 6th post. (It's "html widget language") :-)

Keep writing - You have very much blessed me and others I am sure!

Kindest Thoughts,
-esthermay

October 6, 2008 at 9:48 AM  

Love your thoughts on this!

Got you added to the M2M blogroll..thanks so much for joining up..:))

October 9, 2008 at 7:00 PM  

Hey Julie, I'm back, and will post a new blog entry soon, you asked what happened to me and my situation. Was not good. Keep me in your prayers.

October 13, 2008 at 4:35 PM  

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