Patriarchy or not Patriarchy – Stacy McDonald and Kelly Crawford respond to my recent article and reveal their true colors. Does it walk like a duck? Quack like a Duck?
Suppose you see a bird walking around in a farm yard. This bird has no label that says ‘duck’. But the bird certainly looks like a duck. Also, he goes to the pond and you notice that he swims like a duck. Then he opens his beak and quacks like a duck. Well, by this time you have probably reached the conclusion that the bird is a duck, whether he’s wearing a label or not. ~Richard Cunningham Patterson Jr., United States ambassador to Guatemala during the Cold War in 1950
Are you familiar with the Duck Test? It’s an inductive reasoning test. This familiar expression is an example of inductive reasoning:
If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.
Not long after I posted this article: Queen Bees of Homeschooling Stacy McDonald and Kelly Crawford Don’t Like the “Victim” Word in the Lourdes Torres-Manteufel vs. Doug Phillips Lawsuit, there was some fallout, most likely related to the push back they received here. It’s always interesting to watch the responses to blog articles where we are exposing truth. We typically see back-peddling, web scrubbing, but rarely an admission of wrong teaching, etc.
I think it’s important to document what happened so that people can see for themselves and discern. Do the behaviors match the message? What is the fruit that we see? Is this the kind of teaching we want to stand behind and pay good money to hear at conferences? Do we want these foundational teachings to influence our families for decades?
Last week, R.L. Stollar, co-founders of Homeschoolers Anonymous blog informed me that Kelly Crawford had written a blog article in 2008 entitled, Tired of Patriarchy’s Bad Rap.
Crawford’s article comes up here on a Google search:
But surprise, surprise. If you click on the link to the original article, this is what you see:
Homeschoolers Anonymous shared Crawford’s 2008 article on their Facebook page on recently (on April 29) and noticed the article was removed between 4/29 and 5/2. Stollar also quoted Crawford in his comment:
For a clear definition of biblical patriarchy,” she said, you should “go here” — here being a link to the now-defunct Vision Forum’s “Tenets of Biblical Patriarchy.”
The “Tenants of Biblical Patriarchy” has been long scrubbed from the Vision Forum website, but here is the cached copy.
Homeschoolers Anonymous has a copy of Kelly Crawford’s article on file here. When will people learn that if they post articles on the internet and remove them, it makes them look like a fool? Take a look at the first two paragraphs of her article, the article she scrubbed:
I guess I’ll be rehashing the same topics with new names until I die, but they won’t let me go.
There is something I’m so tired of. The word “patriarchy” is practically synonymous with an explicative in this culture. I’m tired of that. Patriarchy is not a new concept, but one as old as the world itself. It is biblical and if you don’t like it, and you’re a Christian, perhaps a new religion would suit you better.
So, did Kelly Crawford change her views on Patriarchy?
She said she would rehash the same topics until she dies. Why would she remove that article from 2008? What is she trying to hide?
After posting the Queen Bees article, both Stacy McDonald and Kelly Crawford came to the blog to comment, having never participated at SSB before. We saw their true colors:
Attitude much, James?
On the same day, April 23, Stacy posted a note on her Facebook wall endorsing her husband’s article, The “P” Word , which is about Patriarchy. Her husband, in his article on Patriarchy discusses words and their meanings and how sometimes the meanings change. He tries to paint a beautiful picture of Patriarchy.
But check this out, is she really saying she is going to have to disguise that P (patriarchy) word from her vocabulary?
Ok, so let’s just act like that word doesn’t exist. Is that what she’s saying? We’re going to continue doing the talk, and walking the walk, but we’re just not going to let anyone know what we’re really doing is Patriarchy.
When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck. ~James Whitcomb Riley
What we see is a very familiar pattern of behavior:
- anyone who disagrees is labeled in a negative way: mentally disabled, rotten fruit, divisive, some might even question the salvation of one who disagrees
- instead of addressing conflict or misunderstandings: remove article entirely with no explanation
- completely mischaracterize a critic, claiming criticisms they never made like a “strawman,” then talk only about the strawman instead of the matter at hand
- publicly air a “woe is me” rant of martyrdom on own forum to garner support and “attaboys”
- black/white thinking: you are for us or against us
Folks, the above patterns are the rotten fruit. It’s rotten fruit in attempt to defend more stinking, rotten fruit: Patriarchy.
Stacy and Kelly have been promoting “Biblical Patriarchy” for years. Now Stacy wants to quack about it, without using the P word. It’s time to call this heretical teaching down NOW. It is destroying families. It is keeping young ladies held captive in their own homes, not giving them choices to further their education, to be critical thinkers, to use the creative minds God created for them. Removing blog articles and not saying the P word is not going to change the fact that Patriarchy = Duck.
This video quacks me up.