The Unfundamental Conversion
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My post Duggars are Not Crazy caused quite the stir.  It was mentioned on Freethought Blogs, The American Conservative, and The Dish as well as a few small personal blogs. From the commenting sections both here, there, and over at Homeschoolers Anonymous and No Longer Quivering, I noticed four reactions. 1) OMG I GET LANA. …
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We Liked Our Race

October 2nd, 2013 | Posted by Lana Hope in Patriarchy - (8 Comments)

I’ve written before that I grew up in the south, in an area intensely battling racism and homophobia. The area is odd. At the “yamboree” as we called the county fair, the Ku Klux Klan had a booth each year, and also sometimes the Ku Klux Klan would parade down town and give out candy …
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"I Have a Dream"

The other day I wrote a post about how I am the only female student in my graduate program. It frightened me a bit at the time, but now I’m feeling a bit better. Obviously I do not think other guys in the classroom are responsible for my triggers, but it was meant to shed …
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Immigration Laws are a Bear

August 29th, 2013 | Posted by Lana Hope in Politics | Travel - (3 Comments)
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Immigration laws are a bear! I used to think America should stiffen up immigration laws, send back anyone who had sneaked into the country, and shun everyone who did not learn English. Then I became an immigrant. Or a temporary resident, rather. Let me tell ya, I’ll never say, “just learn English” or  “just learn” …
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Now I have told the story of how I gave up Calvinism and my belief in hell so slowly I barely noticed. But something much more significant had happened than just a change in theology: I had followed the integrety of my heart instead of the mind, instead of the scholars, instead of the Bible.  …
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I grew up in the rural south, and heard the negative remarks from adults that African-American kids were integrated into our school (no lie, at the end of kindergarten – I was not homeschooled until 1st grade – we had to take an academic test to get into the more academic school. Effectively this was …
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Since returning to the US three months ago, I’ve been through an array of culture shock from living overseas for three years. Some of its frustrating. Someone putting my clothes in the dryer and the clothes shrinking because in three years, they were never once dried in a machine and mostly washed by hand. Or …
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One reason I like Samantha’s blog, Defeating the Dragons, is that she also grew up in fundamentalism in the south. Truly mixing fundamental and reconstruction ideas with Southern racism is a disaster. The recent news about Appleby Baptist Church in Nacogdoches, Texas, (the oldest town in Texas, I might add) shows the dark side of …
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Marriage Equality

Back during the first proposition 8 election, I was teaching composition at a community college. At the end of the semester, students had to write a long argumentative essay and had to orally defend their points as well. Of course, marriage equality was a popular topic I told the students they needed to understand why …
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Fill me Up

~FreeBirD®~ / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND A few weeks ago, someone outside the homeschool movement mentioned that my post on Bill Gothard sounded like a description of a White Nationalist. The claim startled me at first. I grew up in the south (my university was built on a plantation/slave quarters/ my great-great-great grandparents owned slaves, …
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