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I get slightly annoyed, no, actually royally peeved when people use their position of leadership and influence to push their agenda. I’ve been on the inside of the homeschool movement and seen how this works. The Christian “homeschool movement” is staunchly pro-life. It is normal for Christian homeschoolers to participate in pro-life rallies, walks, etc.
Kevin Swanson used his position of authority within the homeschool movement recently. He actually made a fool of himself to the world. Here are snippets from his bio taken from his Generations with Vision website:
Homeschooled himself in the 1960′s and 70′s, Kevin Swanson and his wife, Brenda, are now homeschooling their five children. Since graduating from his homeschool and then serving as student body president of a large west coast university, he has gone on to other leadership positions in corporate management, church, and other non-profits. Kevin has 35 years of experience in the homeschooling movement and serves as the Director of Generations with Vision – a ministry he founded to strengthen homeschool families around the country. As a father who wants to leave a godly heritage for his own five children, Kevin’s passion is to strengthen and encourage the homeschooling movement all over the world, and to cast a vision for generations to come. For the last 4 years Kevin has hosted a daily radio program – Generations Radio – the world’s largest homeschooling and Biblical worldview program that reaches families across the US and in over 80 countries.
Kevin has also served as the Executive Director of Christian Home Educators of Colorado for the last nine years. He has also authored several popular books for homeschoolers, including Upgrade-10 Secrets to the Best Education for Your Child, The Second Mayflower, the Family Bible Study Guide Series, and others. Serving as a passionate supporter of home education, he has been interviewed on hundreds of media outlets, including Dr. James’ Dobson’s Focus on the Family and the Fox News Network.
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The dude is a Christian homeschool leader who has a name and is in the public spotlight. He has a radio show. People are listening to him. They believe him. They trust him. Kevin is connected with the movie, Birth Control: How Did We Get Here?, I discussed here R.C. Sproul, Jr. and The Birth Control Movie.
It’s interesting that last week both of these men said absurd statements. I’ll get to Kevin’s in just a sec.
Just a reminder of Sproul’s tweet which I discussed here: R.C. Sproul, Jr. on Birth Control.
Sproul’s tweet: Birth control, like abortion, is sexual bulimia
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Both of these men have an agenda against birth control. We have to connect the dots. They are both part of the homeschool movement , pro-life, full-quiver, and subscribe to Patriarchy.
The director of the movie, Kevin Peeples gave this quote in which we can see the agenda as well:
Kevin Peeples, director of the movie Birth Control: How Did We Get Here?, argues that the only way to be “pro-life” is to be anti-contraception as well as anti-abortion. Without contraception, there would be less people having sex with contraceptives that could potentially fail, causing them to seek out an abortion. “Contraceptives are the cause of abortion. In fact, if we did not have contraceptives in this country, we would not have anywhere near the abortion rate we do now,” he claims. Source
The promotors of this movie want to overtake the world with Christian offspring. How better to do that than get rid of birth control!
Here is a short clip of an outrageous comment from Kevin Swanson that is going viral. Keep in mind his agenda when listening. I’ve quoted his words below.
I’m beginning to get some evidence from certain doctors and certain scientists that have done research on women’s wombs after they’ve gone through the surgery, and they’ve compared the wombs of women who were on the birth control pill to those who were not on the birth control pill. And they have found that with women who are on the birth control pill, there are these little tiny fetuses, these little babies, that are embedded into the womb. They’re just like dead babies. They’re on the inside of the womb. And these wombs of women who have been on the birth control pill effectively have become graveyards for lots and lots of little babies.
This comment has created quite a response around the internet, as you can imagine. Here are a few choice comments:
Ooh! I can do it, too! Look:
I’m beginning to get some evidence from certain doctors and certain scientists that have done research on people’s brains after they’ve gone through the church, those who went to church every Sunday, and they’ve compared them to the brains of people who abstained from church. And they have found that with people who went to church, there are these little tiny lesions, these little tumors, that are embedded in the brain. They’re just like dead brains. They’re on the inside of the head. And these brains of people who have been going to church, effectively have become graveyards for lots and lots of intelligence. Link to this comment
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All those itsy-bitsy, teeny-tiny dead fetuses embedded in the uterus. This kind of shitte can only happen when people get abstinence only sex education AND brain damage from exposure to AM Radio. Link to this comment
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Ugh, do not dismiss this one too easily. To my ear, that “graveyard of tiny babies” trope is exactly, perfectly tuned to be a self-reproducing meme. It can be reduced to a one-sentence “elevator pitch”; the whole idea can be conveyed in a tweet. It instantly conveys a striking visual image. It hooks neatly into things girls are taught about menstruation and gains credibility and memory stickiness from that association. Once heard it cannot be unheard, and any woman who hears it is never going to feel the same way about taking the pill again.
You are in on the birth of a new meme. Like watching a rattlesnake emerge from the egg…Link to this comment
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The last commenter is exactly right. I have been in this movement long enough to know that people will take Swanson’s words as the Bible truth. They will take his information and spread it from person to person because they are concerned about these little dead implanted babies/fetuses. His comment will undoubtedly cause some women who do not have critical thinking skills engaged to grieve and mourn the loss of these “dead babies embedded in their womb.” His unfounded words (he provides no sources for his claims) cause harm to many individuals. This is WRONG.
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On Twitter, people were certainly talking and one person even sent a pic to Mr. Swanson. Here’s one I found: http://img3.etsystatic.com/000/0/5363412/il_fullxfull.245003627.jpg …
Kevin Swanson’s Generation Radio Facebook page included a linked article and readers left comments and asked questions about the interview. Here’s one from an OB/GYN named Addie Devant. Do you suppose she’s seen a few “wombs?”
And finally, a voice of reason. Steve Dawson sums it up quite nicely:
Christian leaders have a responsibility when they speak. I am angry at Kevin Swanson for using his position to spew nonsense on unsuspecting people. This is a form of abuse. It is using manipulation, spewing unfounded information in an attempt to control people and their personal choices. Is it any wonder the world laughs at Christians? Once again, it comes back to love. There is no love in his rhetoric. It’s all about him and his agenda. Ugh.
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UPDATE Feb 4, 2013 8:50 Pacific time. I decided to respond on the Facebook wall and ask Kevin for references again. Here is my comment. Let’s see if he respond and if the comment remains.
Update 9:19 Pacific: I just decided to bring RC Sproul, Jr. into the discussion and just tweeted him asking him if he knows the sources for Kevin’s comment:
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