A "Beautiful Girlhood" Christmas
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Tue Dec 05, 2006 at 02:28:00 AM EST
Photobucket - Video and Image HostingDoug Phillips -- son of Constitution Party Christian reconstructionist Howard Phillips, creationist, male supremacist, abortion abolitionist, homeschooling institution, entrepreneur and blogger -- is doing his part against the mythical War on Christmas.

The Vision Forum is pleased to offer our Beautiful Girlhood Collection of dolls ... Liberty ("Freedom in Christ"); Evangeline ("Proclaimer of Good News"); Abigail ("A Father's Joy"); and Fidelia ("Faithful One").

Liberty, Evangeline, Abigail and Fidelia aren't just any dolls, but training tools for little girls on the path to beautiful womanhood, as the time comes to fulfill their mandated role as Titus 2 women living by the godly principles of biblical patriarchy. Doug Phillips is very clear about who's in charge of enforcing those principles -- and it ain't mama.

Phillips promotes biblical patriarchy, and Vision Forum's home schooling materials, as the salvation of the American family.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting"If the book was written in the eighteenth century, it was directed to fathers. If it was written in the nineteenth century, it was directed to mothers. What happened? The nineteenth century brought many profound social changes which rocked the family and paved the way for the absentee fathers of the twentieth century," Phillips said. "The influence of Unitarianism and early feminism, certain adverse effects of the industrial revolution, and the abandonment of the old Reformation view of the family all contributed to the decline of fatherhood in America. The result, for the first time in the history of the church, was the gradual transfer of spiritual training responsibilities from the father to the mother.
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That's where Vision Forum steps in. Besides writing and editing books, Phillips founded the Witherspoon School of Law and Public Policy, The Christian Boys' and Men's Titanic Society, The National Center for Family-Integrated Churches, The All-American Boy's Adventure Catalog, The Beautiful Girlhood Collection Catalog, and the Vision Forum Book Catalog. He holds the title of Professor of Apologetics with the adjunct faculty of the Institute for Creation. Phillips travels and speaks around the calendar, having appeared on numerous radio and television programs, and at more than 100 home school conferences in 42 states. When Phillips speaks of children honoring their fathers, he's walked it. When he writes about men loving their wives and God-honoring women submitting to their own husbands, he writes from experience.
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"Our name - The Vision Forum - points to our desire that the Lord would use this work to be a forum for communicating a vision of victory to Christian families," he said, adding to the goal substance. "Not surprisingly, the scriptural warning against such hypocrisy is specifically given within the context of the family. If we have not taught our wives and daughters to love children and be `keepers at home' then we are `blasphemers' (Tit. 2); if we have not trained our men to be providers, then we are `worse than infidels' (1 Tim. 5)."

Phillips, who teaches that "the church is impoverished as a result of forcing little girls out of the God-given role of wife and mother," is doing all he can this Christmas season to help you keep your little girl on the path of feminine humility, while preparing her brother for acts of manly courage.

SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 24 Christian Newswire -- Vision Forum, Inc., a San Antonio-based Christian ministry, has announced the release of two new dolls -- Abigail and Fidelia -- as part of their Beautiful Girlhood Collection, a doll line which promotes biblical femininity to girls in contrast to the perverse vision of girlhood advanced by other leading doll providers.

"Amid a culture brimming with mixed messages, shallow and self-serving ideals, and depraved `role models,' we seek to offer a refreshing and edifying alternative through our distinct line of dolls and accessories," noted Doug Phillips, President of Vision Forum and founder of the Beautiful Girlhood Collection.
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"America's leading doll providers have declared war on biblical femininity. Whether it's Barbie's sassy `B who U wanna B' campaign, Bratz' call for girls to `strut [their] stuff,' or American Girl's recent support of Girls, Inc. -- an organization that openly promotes abortion and lesbianism to young girls -- the elite doll lines have sullied the innocence of our daughters by glorifying perversity," Phillips observed.

"Yet even as others frown on biblical femininity, minimize motherhood, and belittle the beauty of being a true woman of God, we dare to chart a different path through our doll line," continued Phillips. "We dare to believe that the biblical vision for girlhood is a glorious vision. It is a vision so bright and so wonderful that it must be boldly proclaimed."

And proclaimed just in time for Christmas, too. Vision Forum's front page is currently headlined by a banner advertising its Beautiful Girlhood Collection.

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Photobucket - Video and Image HostingWhen a girl plays with a doll, she is preparing to be a mommy someday. Her first role model is her own mother, and her first opportunity at role-playing is with her dolls. With this in mind, we are pleased to offer the Liberty doll for your girls to cherish for years to come and then pass onto a future daughter.
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Liberty has soft brown hair and lovely blue eyes. Exquisitely crafted, Liberty can stand and sit alone. As durable as she is lovely, Liberty is ready to be hugged and squeezed with love! Liberty comes wearing an adorable pink, feminine dress, complete with white socks and white shoes.

Your little girls can relive history when they dress their Liberty doll in our specially designed, Vision Forum exclusive, historical costumes. ... True "little girl" dolls are rare in our age of fashion models and rushed childhood. Playing with Liberty will fill your daughter's childhood with memories to inspire her as she grows up to be a mommy.

And if your little girl plays with nothing except "Vision Forum exclusives," it likely will never occur to her that she might grow up to be anything else.

Six years ago, Jewish World Review contributor and Phillips friend Betsy Hart waxed enthusiastic over the Vision Forum catalogue for boys, while venturing a guess that the then forthcoming girls' catalog "will not include the 'honed sharp' 'Frontier Tomahawk.'" Hart shouldn't have needed a direct line to Doug Phillips to puzzle that one out. The closest a Vision Forum girl comes to a tomahawk is a Victorian sewing set.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting One hundred years ago, it was not uncommon for a girl to carry her sewing tools around her neck. This not only provided easy access, but it was decorative. Our handsome pewter scissors come in a special brooch case and necklace. The floral decoration is beautifully crafted.
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As a girl begins to cultivate her skills in needlework, her appreciation for the tools of this craft grows. Nineteenth century mothers looked forward to passing to their daughters their favorite sewing implements. These "tools" usually carried a hundred memories of time invested in the lives of others. One of the heirlooms to be passed to a beloved daughter was the needle case, often made of silver or pewter. Our case is decorated with a floral pattern and is made of solid pewter.
 

While your little girl is squinting over her needlework, her brother is outside, learning "chivalrous leadership in the name of Jesus Christ" with the Air Burst Rocket System ...

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingEvery boy loves the exhilaration of launching projectiles into the skies above. This Air Burst Rocket tops them all. Powered by air, its use of an entirely new burst membrane propulsion technology makes it the highest and fastest air rocket in the world. Booster disks give five different power levels for flights clear out of sight -- soaring over 1000 feet! Easy to fly -- no flames, no batteries, no electrical problems. A few pumps from a stand-up bike pump are all that is needed to send this rocket skyward.

... doing target practice with his crossbow ...

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingWhether your All-American Boy "commando team" is pretending to protect the home from intrusive squirrel invaders or enjoying target practice to develop hand-eye coordination, the toy of choice is the crossbow. Our miniature crossbow is perfect for the fellow who is not quite ready for the genuine article, or for the Dad who still thinks he is a boy.

... or -- if he's at least a recommended eight years old -- reliving his favorite scenes from Braveheart ...

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingA traditional two-handed broadsword, Sir William Wallace's trusty blade was as imposing in battle as the hero who wielded it. With this weapon, Wallace fought for the honor of Scotland, his beloved homeland. Wallace would die a martyr, but his unflinching courage would spur his countrymen onto ultimate victory at Bannockburn. This handsome, scaled-down version of Wallace's sword is housed in a leather scabbard... 52" Long. 4.8 lbs.

... because after all, he's a boy. Do we see a pattern here? Doug Phillips certainly does.

One of our goals is to demonstrate that the skills and experiences which historically made up the life of a boy were God-honoring vehicles for preparing him to be a man. He learns to explore because he is called to take dominion over the earth. He learns to emulate the lives of heroic Christians because he, too, is called to leadership.

Scripture is clear, "Where there is no vision, the people perish." Boys need vision. We humbly offer this catalog to you and the All-American boys in your family in the sincere hope that, together, we can rebuild a culture of courageous boyhood.

But your little girl can still have plenty of fun with a rousing game of Tiddlywinks ...

Though the game of Tiddlywinks has been played for hundreds of years, it enjoyed its greatest popularity during the 1890s. The game pieces used in this classic contest of skill consist of small discs called "winks" which are propelled into the air with a shooter; otherwise known as the "tiddledy." Our tin box of Tiddlywinks comes with 6 shooters, 26 winks, 1 scoring platform, and a 20-page historical handbook.

... or even Hopscotch, Jacks or Jump Rope ...

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... and when the day is done, she can curl up by the fire with any of Vision Forum's 17 versions of the lifelong trials and tribulations of Elsie Dinsmore.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingThe words of Jesus, "Suffer the little children to come unto me ... for of such is the kingdom of God" ought to be a living reality in young children. This 19th century story demonstrates just such a reality through the life of a little girl who loves the Savior and tries to obey his commands through persecution, temptation, and disappointment. Set in the coastal South of the 1840s, this Christian classic provides clear testimony to the Grace of God in the life of a child.

Persecution and disappointment is putting it lightly, since Elsie is the antebellum South's Protestant counterpart to Patient Griselda.  But that's all no more than must be expected in A Girl's Life.

However, if she is a very good little girl, studies all the lessons in dutiful daughterhood that she needs to become a Maiden of Virtue ...

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingDo you want your daughter to cherish her purity and honor God by the chaste and lovely way she presents herself? Raising Maidens of Virtue is an engaging tool for mothers to use in training daughters who are approaching womanhood to think biblically. ... Raising Maidens of Virtue covers topics such as guarding the tongue, idleness, sibling relationships, honoring parents, contentment, modesty, purity, cleanliness, and feminine biblical beauty.

... learns How to Be a Lady ...

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingSomewhere within the recesses of every girl's heart is the desire to act, and be treated, as a lady. But a true lady is more than just graceful and feminine; she has a Christ-centered character that regulates her inner thoughts and motives, as well as her outward graces. In this book, originally published in 1850, extraordinarily practical wisdom is offered to young girls in the practice of developing womanly character.

... remembers to wear her modesty slip ...

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingSolve the transparency issues of your daughter's dresses forever with this modesty slip. Made of lightweight cotton and trimmed in lace, this long, feminine slip will add modesty without adding extra bulk.

... and keeps her pinafore and pantaloons very, very clean ...

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingYou can make a half a dozen play pinafores in unbleached muslin or calico and use them over everyday dresses, sparing the dresses from frequent washing! Secondly, pinafores could be made out of heirloom materials like voile, organdy, or batiste and fancied up with ruffles, tucks, lace, and/or embroidery for wear over tea dresses, for visiting, and for church. These look especially charming over solid-colored dresses, since all the fancy work shows up beautifully against such a background.
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Also included is a bonus pattern for pantaloons. Pantaloons first appeared for little girls in the late 18th century and continued in use throughout the Victorian Era.

You can create plain sturdy pantaloons for play (and warmth in the colder seasons), and you can create fancy ones with tucks and lace for dress-up. They look especially darling beneath the shorter, fuller skirts of the Romantic Era.

... she might even find a Father-Daughter Purity Locket under the tree on Christmas morning.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingThis one small piece of jewelry has for centuries been the symbol of a special relationship between two people.
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After much searching, Vision Forum is pleased to offer a locket worthy of such lofty history and promise. Beautifully embossed with a floral design, this 1/2" sterling silver locket is the perfect gift for those special young ladies in your family.

It is an especially fitting gift on a special occasion, as a loving gift between a father and daughter to symbolize the importance of purity and remaining as a joyful daughter under her father's protection until the time of release to her future husband.

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"Merry Christmas, honey."

[Title image from Stacey's Simple Stuff

Closing image: "Visions of Sugarplums" by Tom Browning, from AllPosters.com]




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it seemed like a good idea to read some Titus 2 and other Christian "mommy boards."

I came across a post from a Southern Baptist woman whose daughters had played with the daughters of a Vision Forum family for years, but the relationship was broken off as the girls reached adolescence.

It seems that the VF family was worried because the Baptist woman's daughters were planning to attend college, and they didn't want their own girls getting ideas.

Really sad.

by moiv on Tue Dec 05, 2006 at 03:17:30 AM EST

If I were to show any of this to my daughter, she would take the baseball bat I gave her one year for her birthday and hit something other than the ball that came with it. And now that I think about it, perhaps the punching bag and boxing gloves we gave weren't such a good idea, either.
Shalom, Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer "Time makes ancient good uncouth; we must onward still and upward who would keep abreast of truth." from Lowell, "The Present Crisis"
by John Dorhauer on Tue Dec 05, 2006 at 02:44:42 PM EST
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Not only sad, but downright creepy.  I went to the Vision Forum site and rooted around a bit.  What I found was chilling.  I feel very sorry for girls who are trapped in this prison.  And I do mean prison.  

by SFLady on Tue Dec 05, 2006 at 02:55:33 PM EST

Yes, of course you have. Lots of people on the board are ministers. Kid who feels he or she must be perfect in public sneaks off and goes off the rails in private  - drugs, sex every which way, etc.

If ever I wanted to guaranteed an unwed pregnant daughter, I'd raise her with this crap and without any sex ed. beyond "save your flower for marriage".

However, I do like the cotton lingerie - forget the "modesty" issue (which I do need when wearing those diaphanous Indian cotton or silk shirts/ skirts in daytime settings) - cotton is comfortable in hot weather or cold, much better than rayon or other synthetic. Cotton or silk or athletic dri-wick material  camisoles are great for cold-weather insulation.

by NancyP on Tue Dec 05, 2006 at 05:10:54 PM EST


I really enjoyed running around and attempting to do everything my older brother did when I was little.  Lacy pinafores would have been awful! 

I also feel sorry for these girls.  I know some that are my age now (in our 20s) and they break my heart.  If I am lucky enough to have daughters one day, they'll play with rockets.

by emilyg on Tue Dec 05, 2006 at 07:49:47 PM EST

Here is a quote from a Treasure Hunt they are supporting.
(The buried treasure is of sufficient value that it would certainly help the winner to get out of debt, buy land for his children, serve as investment capital for a business venture, fund a small film, or even provide a healthy bride's price for a potential father-in law with big expectations for suitors. In any event, I am confidant the winner can find good use for the prize.)


by tikkun on Wed Dec 06, 2006 at 10:44:50 AM EST
Read the November 17th entries

by tikkun on Wed Dec 06, 2006 at 10:54:35 AM EST
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are coming under some heavy scrutiny and criticism from their erstwhile supporters & counterparts in the Reconstructionist community as seen at this website: http://ministrywatchman.com/

[Sorry, can't seem to get the linking function to work]

It's worth reading through the many comments on these postings to see both the doctrinal as well as worldly problems with Phillips, his "teachings," and his businesses.

I have been following him, the VF operations, and associated "ministries" for a couple of years now through his and others' blogs & websites. It is a small world and perhaps not surprising that Phillips now seems to be embroiled in unseemly activities & behavior in much the same way that his colleagues R.C. Sproul (both Jr and Sr) and Doug Wilson have been.

by wahineslc on Wed Dec 06, 2006 at 12:30:43 PM EST

and lots of very ugly infighting going on here, as well.

Little Geneva

Ministry Watchman is doing excellent work. The latest piece focuses on Dapper Doug Phillips, who is revealed to be a legalist and a misogynist. How would you women like to visit the "It's All About Doug" church and be forbidden to introduce your own father or request prayer, since women aren't allowed to speak in The Church of Doug? No writing notes either, and careful with the expressive eye movements! In fact, you ladies should wear burkas, because a submissive wife is a wife that can be neither seen nor heard. It also helps to have Hispanic housekeeping assistance. As Bad says, "Having two domestic servants leaves a lot of time to sit around reading Titus 2." Be sure to read about the angel-eggs at the weekly pot-providence meal.

It seems that the Church of Doug, Boerne Christian Assembly, registered a website days ago, on November 28, to respond to this matter. The Church of Doug (so called because for most of its history Doug Phillips was the sole "elder") contends that the couple in question was "biblically and lovingly disciplined for gross, unrepentant sin" including "violent railings, vicious accusations, cruelty and threats on their part directed at each other, other women at BCA, the families coming alongside of them in counsel and prayer, and the church leadership." Keep in mind that the word "leadership" is a nebulous term. If they had a plurality of elders, they would have said "elders."

As expected, not a single Ministry Watchman allegation is contradicted with actual proof, even though the Church of Doug insists that the article is "rife with pure fabrications, dangerous half-truths, malicious innuendo, and vicious personal attacks." Also as expected, a lawsuit is threatened by Douglas Phillips, Esquire. Stay tuned to Ministry Watchman for further revelations.

How ironic that Dapper Doug has made a small fortune selling all things "honorable," including the books of dead "racists." One comment posted under the story: "As the wife of a hispanic I've often been a bit uncomfortable with the ethnocentric contents of Vision Forum's products." David Bayly groans about the Tunnel Vision Forum catalog depicting a "rosy-cheeked, all-American boy looming in front of the Alamo." Likewise, after comparing Phillips to Hitler, Michael Metzler grouses about "American apple pie served by white girls in pretty fluffy dresses." The good news is that Phillips has inspired Badonicus to start a non-profit outreach ministry to wiggers. When I say "outreach," I mean beating them up, but that's neither here nor there. He's hoping to begin construction on his own indoor pool, so get ready to send in your donations.

The deeper you dig, the darker it gets.

by moiv on Wed Dec 06, 2006 at 10:59:35 PM EST
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get very dark, and ugly.

The Little Geneva people promote something they call "kinism" --  a racist philosophy that's too extreme even for most other wingnuts and Christian Reconstuctionists.

And they believe themselves to be Christians. Depressing.

by wahineslc on Thu Dec 07, 2006 at 02:18:10 AM EST
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Went to the link and read some of the stuff there, what sort of perversion of Christianity are these people practicing?  And how can people allow themselves to be part of it?  

by SFLady on Wed Dec 06, 2006 at 01:17:45 PM EST

I just barfed all over my keyboard. If I sent the bill for a replacement to Vision Forum, what are the chances they'd remiburse me?

But seriously, a few observations:

Ah, the romance of colonial times! Get real. Get a life. Get out of the drawing room (which only a tiny minority were privileged enough to own) and remember that in those days, when most of our foremothers lived on farms or were married to artisans or laborers, they had to know how to do anything and everything associated with daily life. No room for sissies! If something dreadful happened to daddy, mama had better know how - and be physically strong enough - to shoot a turkey or a deer, chop down a tree for firewood, saddle a horse, drive a wagon, fix the roof, guide a plow, muck out the barn, etc. etc. yadda yadda (and probably carry or chase around an ankle-biter or two, and very likely have one in the pot, while she was at it - never mind having to do it all while managing not to trip over her skirt and keeping up with her regular work).

Sacagawea? All of, what, 17? and dealing with the same hardships all the way across the country as everyone else when she was pregnant and then toting a newborn baby around, and often having the entire company relying on her woods skills and diplomacy.

Pocahontas? A spunky 12-year-old kid who would have done just fine if she found herself in the woods alone. Brave and determined enough to jump into the middle of a planned execution and face down the Big Guys.

Dolley Madison? Gutsy lady. Wonderful hostess, yes, but every bit as politically savvy as her hubby, and one of his most valued (if behind-the-scenes) advisors. Kept her cool and organized the evacuation of the White House when the British burned the town down.

As for those 19th-century "domestic angels" (again, a small minority): Laudanum. Lydia Pinkham's tonic. Keep 'em a little doped up, then squeeze 'em into corsets so they couldn't breathe and had to be treated like the swooning little hothouse flowers they'd been turned into.

As for the rest of the "weaker" sex: 16-hour work days in places you wouldn't send your dog into. Overcrowded tenements. Lousy general health. And their sisters on the farm? Working every bit as hard.

On to the "happy housewives" of the 20th century: Valium. Phenobarb. A lot of happy pills to keep them from going bonkers with boredom or "wanting more out of life" after they'd had a taste of paid work and independence in the outside world while all their dads, brothers, and hubbies were off getting shot at.

And about those swords....... Geez Louise, they're real steel! What parent in their right mind would give something like that to an 8-year-old kid? OTOH, they're just my size. If I ever get around to dressing up as an Amazon warrior and going to a sci-fi con, I'll know where to get my weapon! Wouldn't that burn their biscuits if they found out a woman was buying the thing for herself? I wouldn't mind having a few of the other gadgets, either.

I could go on, but suffice it to say that even if they who don't learn history aren't doomed to repeat it, they certainly are doomed to risk being taken in by the bull** of anyone who wants to make it up as they go along.


by anomalous4 on Wed Dec 06, 2006 at 06:47:28 PM EST

That was my thought too, except if you do SCA in the Darkover-verse, the sword might be a little too long for regulation.

by NancyP on Thu Dec 07, 2006 at 12:03:25 PM EST
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through persecution, temptation, and disappointment. Set in the coastal South of the 1840s

So the girl was a slave?

If I have a daughter, she's learning to shoot.  God didn't make men and women equal; Smith and Wesson did. :-)


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by sendtoscott on Tue Dec 05, 2006 at 06:43:17 PM EST

so you can draw your own conclusions.  No one should miss Chapter 10.

But for the faint of heart, this synopsis sums it all up fairly well.

The first Elsie book, Elsie Dinsmore, was written in 1860, by Martha Finley. In this book, little Elsie, who is, oh, I guess about 10 when the series starts, is living with her grandparents and a bunch of aunts and uncles and cousins, while her father, whom she has never met, is off in Europe. Elsie's VERY young mother died when Elsie was teeny tiny, but not before she imbued Little Elsie with a strong and abiding Christian faith, a faith which has been since nourished by Elsie's faithful mammy. Yes, our Little Elsie is rolling in the bucks, and owns slaves, being a very wealthy plantation heiress someplace in the ante-bellum South.
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This is one hell of a series. Little Elsie is, hands down, THE most put-upon heroine of children's literature. Ever. In the first book, all her relatives hate her cause she's so committed to Being Good and saying her prayers, and they've got no patience with her, and when her dad comes home, he comes to like her cause she is so beautiful, but they all the time have little troubles, which eventually get Big when, one Sunday, he tells her to play the piano for the guests, and she won't, cause it's Sunday, and he makes her sit at the piano stool till she agrees, which she won't, cause though she's supposed to honor her father, she's also supposed to keep the Sabbath holy, so eventually she passes out and cracks her head open and has to be put to bed. The guests are pretty disturbed by this -- well, really, you can imagine -- and her dad is sorry.

But not so sorry that he doesn't get into almost exactly the same jam, only worse, in the next volume, when, during a lingering illness, he asks Little Elsie to read to him from a book of fairy tales, and she won't, cause, guess what, it's Sunday, so she's in dutch again, and he decides he can't treat her as a daughter if she won't act like one, so he won't kiss her or anything, and she goes into a decline, and then he leaves for Europe, so as to absent himself from her, and she just FADES away, very dramatically, and he manages to get back to her dying beside at just about the last minute. What the hell, I'll start a new sentence. In this dying illness, Elsie has become delirious, and is alternately haunted by visions of being handed over to The Nuns (the doctor has had her hair cut off on account of the fever, and her dad has threatened to hand her over to the Catholics), and visions of being Spurned By Her Father. "Oh, Daddy, Daddy, won't you kiss me now?" she's crying in her delirium.

Well, then she dies, and her dad is sorry and grieved, and becomes a Christian. And then she recovers. And all is well. I'm quite taken with the resurrection imagery here, myself. And it's SO subtle.
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Elsie marries her father's best friend, the nearest she can get, I guess, to her Dad himself; the family rides out the Civil War in Europe, sort of conveniently not taking sides (though their slaves all seem to be freed all of a sudden, one notices); later, on their return, the neighbors, who consider them to be Traitors to the Cause, attack the house, but the former slaves pour boiling oil on the Ku Klux Klan from an upstairs window; several many babies appear, all in the most mysteeeeerious fashion.



by moiv on Tue Dec 05, 2006 at 08:46:40 PM EST
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The girls' costumes say it all. Creepy.

by MacBernac on Tue Dec 05, 2006 at 11:26:20 PM EST
Four women attending a White House holiday event were found to be wearing the same Oscar De La Renta $8500 gown.

How Stepford is that ?



by Bruce Wilson on Thu Dec 07, 2006 at 09:37:16 PM EST
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I've been hearing that and similar sentiments fairly frequently in the last few days - far FAR more often than ever before.  Hearing about "consequences for burning the flag (actions) from Trump is chilling!......
ArchaeoBob (6 comments)
"Faked!" Meme
Keep your eyes and ears open for a possible move to try to discredit the people openly opposing Trump and the bigots, especially people who have experienced terrorism from the "Right"  (Christian Terrorism is......
ArchaeoBob (8 comments)
More aggressive proselytizing
My wife told me today of an experience she had this last week, where she was proselytized by a McDonald's employee while in the store. ......
ArchaeoBob (5 comments)
See if you recognize names on this list
This comes from the local newspaper, which was conservative before and took a hard right turn after it was sold. Hint: Sarah Palin's name is on it!  (It's also connected to Trump.) ......
ArchaeoBob (3 comments)
Unions: A Labor Day Discussion
This is a revision of an article which I posted on my personal board and also on Dailykos. I had an interesting discussion on a discussion board concerning Unions. I tried to piece it......
Xulon (4 comments)
Extremely obnoxious protesters at WitchsFest NYC: connected to NAR?
In July of this year, some extremely loud, obnoxious Christian-identified protesters showed up at WitchsFest, an annual Pagan street fair here in NYC.  Here's an account of the protest by Pagan writer Heather Greene......
Diane Vera (3 comments)
Capitalism and the Attack on the Imago Dei
I joined this site today, having been linked here by Crooksandliars' Blog Roundup. I thought I'd put up something I put up previously on my Wordpress blog and also at the DailyKos. As will......
Xulon (2 comments)
History of attitudes towards poverty and the churches.
Jesus is said to have stated that "The Poor will always be with you" and some Christians have used that to refuse to try to help the poor, because "they will always be with......
ArchaeoBob (13 comments)
Alternate economy medical treatment
Dogemperor wrote several times about the alternate economy structure that dominionists have built.  Well, it's actually made the news.  Pretty good article, although it doesn't get into how bad people could be (have been)......
ArchaeoBob (5 comments)
Evidence violence is more common than believed
Think I've been making things up about experiencing Christian Terrorism or exaggerating, or that it was an isolated incident?  I suggest you read this article (linked below in body), which is about our great......
ArchaeoBob (7 comments)
Central Florida Sheriff Preached Sermon in Uniform
If anyone has been following the craziness in Polk County Florida, they know that some really strange and troubling things have happened here.  We've had multiple separation of church and state lawsuits going at......
ArchaeoBob (2 comments)
Demon Mammon?
An anthropologist from outer space might be forgiven for concluding that the god of this world is Mammon. (Or, rather, The Market, as depicted by John McMurtry in his book The Cancer Stage of......
daerie (2 comments)
Anti-Sharia Fever in Texas: This is How It Starts
The mayor of a mid-size Texan city has emerged in recent months as the newest face of Islamophobia. Aligning herself with extremists hostile to Islam, Mayor Beth Van Duyne of Irving, Texas has helped......
JSanford (2 comments)

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