Author Archives: Minerva Coalition
We are starting to see a new wave of former homeschoolers who are now in their 20’s and 30’s. And it is important to hear their stories, both positive and negative. In the same way that we can grant that abuse happens in church environments without necessarily rejecting the concept of churches, we should also try to understand how abuse can happen in homeschooling environments without necessarily rejecting homeschooling itself.
The preliminary ruling for Grenier & Grenier v. Taylor & Grenier is now public, and it is so far a triumph for the rights of bloggers and abuse survivors everywhere: “Allegations of conduct which would violate the trust his church members and members of the public place in him as a church leader are matters of public discussion or controversy.”
Even though we at WWJS have years of exegesis training, we can’t quite wrap our minds around the scholarly depths of O’Neal’s response to the BGBC Defamation Lawsuit Archive. But maybe we are thinking too hard about all this. Maybe O’Neal’s new response to a gigantic archive of evidence is to just make animal noises online.
A team of volunteers has put together a significant resource on the lawsuit of Grenier & Grenier v. Taylor & Grenier — the Grenier Defamation Lawsuit Archive. This Archive is based on a similar one produced by Brad Sargent after the 2012 case of Beaverton Grace Bible Church v. Smith. According to Alex Grenier’s volunteer team: “The Archive writers and editors have sought to be as factual and fair as possible in presenting historical events and in representing all sides accurately.”
Brad Sargent, aka FuturistGuy, created an amazing archive of Beaverton Grace Bible Church’s failed defamation lawsuit against Julie Anne Smith. He spent over 300 hours studying and writing about the events as they unfolded in 2012-2013. He shows how to document, how to use critical thinking skills, and how to see the full picture of what is going on in church abuse cases. This archive will be a very important tool for both the church abuse community as well as those facing lawsuits intended to silence their right to speak out against abuse.
Calvary Chapel in Aurora, Colorado has said publicly on Twitter that they are willing to take the first step of praying for justice and fairness when it comes to addressing child abuse. Will they take the next step?