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Homeschool Cults

The U.S. Department of Education says that over 1.7 million children in the United States are homeschooled. But what happens when homeschooling stops being about education, and instead becomes insulation? Isolation? Inodctrination? This broadcast isn’t a referendum on the concept of homeschooling. It’s an exploration into some of the more extreme religious homeschool environments, and into the lives and personal stories of those who experienced them.

The U.S. Department of Education says that over 1.7 million children in the United States are homeschooled. But what happens when homeschooling stops being about education, and instead becomes insulation? Isolation? Inodctrination? This broadcast isn't a referendum on the concept of homeschooling. It's an exploration into some of the more extreme religious homeschool environments, and into the lives and personal stories of those who experienced them.
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For Certain Christians, Lying for Jesus is Justified in the Abortion Wars

Leviticus 19:11 makes clear: "Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another."There's quite a bit of the Bible that conservative Christian activists tend to leave out, but Biblical prohibitions against lying are routinely given short shrift by those intent on seeing God's will done on Earth. We don't have to look far for examples of it -- from Christians arguing that LGBT people are predators to politicians pretending that being gay is a choice, these lies are common.The Washington Post has a good look at another popular outlet for faith-based lying: the abortion debate, and the notoriously deceptive idea of "crisis pregnancy centers." Reporter Petula Dvorak examines the work of one Virginia activist, Pat Lohman, in particular.shutterstock_296153609
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