Alan Grayson’s GOP Opponent Directly Tied to Christian Group That Wants Permanent Subordination of Women
"My husband counseled over the phone with Mr. Jim Logan, a man who specialized in counseling in matters regarding demon possession. He suggested my husband take me to the Bill Gothard Indianapolis Training Center in Indianapolis. A few months later, in September of 1994, my husband took me by plane to Indianapolis for counseling and reprimand. Mr. Bill Gothard of Basic Youth Conflicts runs this "Christian" training center.
I was told how I had not learned to submit to my husband and religious "authorities" and that God was punishing me because of my rebellious spirit. I was accused of witchcraft and they tried, through prayer and exorcism, to cast demons out of me on a daily basis.
I was forced to listen to presentations by the Institute every single day on how to be a more submissive wife. The central theme message was from 1 Cor 11:3-9, "But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God." " [Bonshea, pages 56-57]
Gothard teaches a doctrine of "generational iniquity" in which sinful behaviors are passed down through ancestral lines, as curses. As Gothard writes in "Bill Gothard Thanks His Critics,",
"I used to use the term the "sins of the forefathers" to explain the negative influences that parents can pass on to their children. Several pastors reacted to this idea. This forced me to see that Scripture was not talking about the sins of the forefathers, but rather the iniquities of the forefathers."
In 1990 Bill Gothard's Institute on Basic Life Principles published a tract titled TEN SCRIPTURAL REASONS WHY THE ROCK BEAT" IS EVIL IN ANY FORM which was being distributed on the Internet as late as 2008. The tract, which claimed rock music causes brain damage and was demonic, focused on the alleged evils of the "Rock Beat":
"The "rock beat" is a dominant and repetitious offbeat which competes with the melody and distracts from the words of a song. The contradictory messages in the beat, the words, the melody, the style of the presentation, and the appearance of the musicians all create a subtle confusion in the minds, wills, and emotions of the listeners, which leads them to question the absolute moral standards of God."
Perhaps the most eccentric charges against Bill Gothard have been leveled by conservative Christian critics concerning Gothard's teaching on Cabbage Patch Dolls and troll dolls.
According Richard G. Fischer, writing for Personal Freedom Outreach ministries, in 1986 Gothard taught that Cabbage Patch dolls caused "strange and destructive behavior" (as Fischer characterized Gothard's teaching.) Fischer states that in that same year Gothard's organization sent Personal Freedom Outreach a letter calling Cabbage Patch a "violation of the first Commandment."
The Cabbage Patch Doll controversy continued well into the next decade, according to Fischer, when in 1996 one of Gothard's organizations mailed out a strange newsletter:
"[The] January 1996 Basic Care Newsletter from his Medical Training Institute defines the potential of the once-popular dolls. The publication stated that there are a core of midwives that are working against "Satan's program from Genesis to Revelation to destroy the Godly seed." This report endorsed by Gothard and his organization then describes "cleansing the home from evil influences." The midwives searched the homes for Cabbage Patch Kids dolls and Troll dolls. They believed the destruction of these facilitated the births. Just having these items in the home retarded a speedy delivery, said the newsletter. Attributing this much power to a doll goes beyond the pale of reason and lapses into pagan superstition."
A history of the Christian homeschooling movement (upon which Bill Gothard has been a major influence) published in the now defunct Gentle Spirit magazine appears to corroborate Richard G. Fischer's account:
"In 1996, Gothard stated that a core of midwives is "working against Satan's program... to destroy the godly seed by helping pregnant women to "cleanse" their homes from evil influences, to include Cabbage Patch Dolls and troll dolls. The rationale was that having these dolls in the house hindered the birthing process.
As did Fischer, the report cited a Basic Care Newsletter allegedly mailed out from Bill Gothard's Oak Brook, Illinois Medical Training Institute.