I’m conflicted as to whether to post such news accounts. On the one hand, the article has a homeschool aspect. On the other, it isn’t ‘about’ homeschooling.
The crime has nothing to do with homeschooling, any more than crimes perpetrated by people who either went to school, or are still in school. Heaven knows we have enough of those, too. But leaving the report out of the ‘news,’ smacks of selective vision.
Homeschooling is open to anyone and everyone. And when you’ve got ‘everyone’ involved, you get the full gamut of human behavior.
Washington Post, Washington, D.C., 27 December 2006, Backwoods Celebrity Faces Long Prison Term for Incest
Robert Hale, a Bible-toting father of 15 who calls himself Papa Pilgrim, became an anti-government celebrity in Alaska by driving a bulldozer across a national park that encircles his land.
“In order for me to love my children, I have to be a provider,” Hale said then, explaining that he needed the bulldozer to fetch supplies for his children, whom he and his wife were home-schooling in an ultra-strict Christian way.
Yesterday in a Palmer, Alaska, courtroom, Hale, 65, answered very different questions about his behavior and his family: He pleaded no contest to multiple charges that he raped one of his daughters.
The plea, which came three weeks before Hale was to face trial on 27 felony charges of rape, incest and coercion, punctuates an implausible saga that stretches from Texas to the outback of eastern Alaska. It is a story by turns picaresque, outrageous and sad.
posted by Valerie