Andy Kopsa

Off The Record: On Religion, Politics & Equality

20/20 and the Independent Fundamentalist Baptists

Last night 20/20 ran an expose by Elizabeth Vargas on the IFB profiling women that suffered long-term emotional, sexual and physical abuse in their churches, homes and schools.  It has … Continue reading

April 9, 2011 · 16 Comments

Lester Roloff’s Obituary – Jack Patterson Update

I have come across a pile of recent – as in the last 10 years recent about Lester Roloff.  I have done a lot of reading about this granddaddy of … Continue reading

February 3, 2011 · 14 Comments

Jack Patterson and H.R. 911 update

Two weeks ago Quiverfull author Kathryn Joyce and I took long Sunday drive out to Pastor Mike Veach’s First Bible Church on Staten Island.  The reason for our visit was … Continue reading

April 23, 2010 · 1 Comment

H.R. 911 Update, the petition and a trip to D.C.

Many of you have already signed the petition urging the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee to schedule a hearing on HR 911 – the Stop Child Abuse in … Continue reading

April 8, 2010 · 6 Comments

Child protection bill passes house, some Republicans balk

What congressman wouldn’t vote for a bill called the Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act (HR 4247)?  No one of course, right?  But handful of Republicans not only voted … Continue reading

March 8, 2010 · 9 Comments

No Meaningful Conviction: Jack Patterson & my talk with D.A. Rountree

“Sorry we didn’t get a meaningful conviction,” is how my conversation with Blount County, Alabama District Attorney Tommy Rountree ended this morning. We had been discussing  the child abuse case … Continue reading

March 5, 2010 · 7 Comments

History of Violence: Christian boarding schools and the trial of Jack Patterson

Dr. Jack Patterson, founder of the  Christian boarding school, Reclamation Ranch, goes on trial for aggravated child abuse March 10 in Blount County Alabama.  The trial comes two years after … Continue reading

February 22, 2010 · 74 Comments

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