The Institute in Basic Life Principles has been around a long time, though they claim to be teaching a “new strategy.” You may recognize this “ministry” from its ties with the Duggar family since Josh Duggar made a speech in May 2014 at an IBLP conference in Nashville. Duggar, who at the time was the executive director of Family Research Council Action, lamented Congressional gridlock but was sure to name an ally at the conference:
‘I know Congressman Webster is here,’ said Duggar. ‘We know that our duty is to do what God has given us to do. We have to leave the results up to Him.’
That ally, Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL), is now running to become Speaker of the House. Webster’s association with IBLP and its homeschooling program, the Advanced Training Institute, made national headlines when he first ran for Congress in 2010.
Here is a political ad with actual soundbites from Webster while speaking at an IBLP conference:
As you can see, he accepts the misogyny not only as a matter of course but encourages it as a matter of religious necessity. The bad news for the rest of the United States is that this man won the election.
What you may not know about the IBLP is that the founder, Bill Gothard, like Josh Duggar, has been embroiled in a scandal that took his position from him. Although no criminal charges were ever filed, over 30 women have accused him of sexual harassment.
As Talking Points Memo reported, IBLP subjected young followers to victim-blaming “counseling” for rape, as well as grueling work schedules at its facilities for little or no pay, requiring women to engage in gendered tasks that included scrubbing carpets on their hands and knees.
Judging by the company he keeps, electing Rep. Webster would clearly be a huge mistake for America.
Feature image via screen capture from Fox News Video