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From Mormon splinter groups to Australian Aboriginal child abuse…

Quite a journey, that!

Remember I recently read Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer? Well consider this from Adult Christianity — and it is a fair representation of Krakauer’s book:

It’s been known for years that there exist fundamentalist men who raise young girls in isolation, limit their education, and when these girls reach puberty assign them to be married to an older man in the community. These girls are then raped and forced to bear as many children as they can. The men they are married to may already have dozens of “wives,” or more, and dozens of children. At the same time, in an effort to limit competition with the privileged elders, teenaged boys, with the same limited education and experience as the girls, are forced out of the community to fend for themselves in an unfamiliar world—that of Utah and Arizona and the rest of the United States.

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Posted by on August 19, 2005 in America, Australia and Australian, book reviews, Christianity, Crime and/or crime fiction, culture wars, current affairs, faith and philosophy, fundamentalism and extremism, History, Indigenous Australians, Multicultural, personal

 

Now I wonder who that was?

Scott Poynting of the University of Western Sydney is an ex-student of mine from my Wollongong days. He has done some good work in the area of multicultural education (see link above). But I see he has a letter in today’s Daily Telegraph on the issue of unqualified teachers in private schools, recalling an unqualified history teacher from 1972 who taught that Tunisia was an island off the coast of Italy.

I taught Scott in 1972, I think. English though.

I know Tunisia is off the coast of Africa, see…

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Posted by on August 19, 2005 in Australia and Australian, culture wars, education, ex-students and coachees, History