Fundamentalist Christianity gets mentioned here more often that it should
because it affects the social and legal atmosphere of homeschooling. (That
doesn't account for every mention, but does account for a good many that
you'll be faced with here.)
There are many families in some very conservative fundamentalist Christian
sectors that are strongly encouraged, if not made, to homeschool. They make
up a significant portion of homeschoolers in general. And those who are
encouraging this movement are very politically active, trying to affect the
legal atmosphere for all homeschoolers.
These Christians don't use a term that separates them from the less
Reconstructionist-leaning of the fundamentalists. So there isn't an easy way
to identify them to people who've never experienced the hold this particular
Christian thought has on good portion of HSers. It almost always come across
as Christian bashing.
In fact they call themselves Christian. Perhaps you would be appalled by the
huge blow ups we had on the AOL homeschooling boards over the expression of
the opinion: "Well, they aren't a true Christian." But being appalled or
firmly believing that they poorly represent Christianity doesn't make the
movement any less real or any less politically powerful.
You can read the tip of the iceberg at More About HSLDA
More about HSLDA, later: https://unschooling.blogspot.com/2013/11/hslda-german-homeschooling-family.html —Sandra
The Most Influential Evangelist You've Never Heard Of
by BARBARA BRADLEY HAGERTY
This is an NPR article about David Barton, a minister in Texas who is rewriting history in an especially false and crazy way: http://www.npr.org/2012/08/08/157754542/the-most-influential-evangelist-youve-never-heard-of
That's the kind of "history" many homeschooling families are teaching in the southern U.S., and it shouldn't be legal, but it is. Wikipedia says According to the New York Times, "many professional historians dismiss Mr. Barton, whose academic degree is in Christian Education from Oral Roberts University, as a biased amateur who cherry-picks quotes from history and the Bible." But I think MOST professional historians would never have heard of the guy nor even bother to read his rants.
List of blogs of "survivors"—those who have left fundamentalist churches or families and are recording their new thoughts, and their memories. Some of it is quite foreign and shocking, about parental controls, courtship, churches that flat out lie, cultish conditions in homeschooling groups, etc.: