Farris’s Ferris Wheel…

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Mike Far­ris’s Dis­turb­ing History
and Ques­tion­able Associations

ferris-wheel-roller-coasterMany think that Michael Far­ris is the good guy in the white hat who hero­ical­ly rides in on his white horse to save the day for home­school­ers. Many are not aware that Far­ris has a con­tro­ver­sial his­to­ry that goes back three decades.

Far­ris, head of Home­school Legal Defense Asso­ci­a­tion (HSLDA), is like a man run­ning in per­pet­u­al cir­cles. It is dif­fi­cult to fol­low where he is real­ly head­ing. His activ­i­ties have often seemed sus­pi­cious to those of us who oppose edu­ca­tion reform.

Below is a brief com­pi­la­tion of his cir­cuitous activ­i­ties. This sum­ma­ry is not a com­plete list by any means, but it is a start. You are respon­si­ble read­ers. Read this and eval­u­ate for your­self. Fol­low the links. Study the rab­bit trails. You won’t agree with every­thing you read, but you should learn enough to raise seri­ous questions.

Far­ris & Con-Con
Far­ris has a decades-long sup­port for a Con­sti­tu­tion­al Con­ven­tion. This despite his pub­lic rhetoric to the home­school­ing com­mu­ni­ty that he is an all-star patri­ot­ic defend­er of the orig­i­nal Amer­i­can Con­sti­tu­tion as authored by our hon­or­able fore­fa­thers. In fact, he is lead­ing the charge for a Con-Con, don­ning yet anoth­er white hat while he races around. Below are sev­er­al cur­rent links of interest:Farris ConCon

Far­ris & Parental Rights
Far­ris has a decades-long sup­port for var­i­ous ver­sions of a bill that would sharply cur­tail parental rights in the Unit­ed States. Done under the guise of a “parental rights” or “parental rights and respon­si­bil­i­ties” amend­ment, it fur­thers an agen­da to give the STATE a com­pelling inter­est in the life of a child. Far­ris’s cir­cuitous legal twists would become the edu­crats’ dream come true!

PRRAAll of this was exposed dur­ing the 1990s in The Chris­t­ian Con­science mag­a­zine, which ran a series of expos­es about the orig­i­nal PRRA. Below are sev­er­al arti­cles that still remain archived on the Internet:





Far­ris & Money$$$

See this web­site for key arti­cles detail­ing Far­ris and his prof­itable activities:


Far­ris & Controversies
Far­ris is not loved by all. See the fol­low­ing web­sites and arti­cles detail­ing dis­trust and decep­tion. Some think that Far­ris runs cir­cles around peo­ple by engag­ing in cri­sis mon­ger­ing: i.e., hyp­ing a cri­sis and then propos­ing a pre-deter­mined solu­tion. This cri­sis mode keeps up his pub­lic image as the guy in the white hat rac­ing to save the day.

Far­ris & Extreme Patriarchy
Far­ris has long been asso­ci­at­ed with a fringe patri­archy agen­da pro­mot­ing a top-down dom­i­na­tion of women and their daugh­ters. This creepy move­ment is final­ly being exposed now that vic­tims are com­ing for­ward to tell their sto­ries. Extreme patri­archy was mar­ket­ed to the home­school­ers as a form of patri­o­tism, God-and-fam­i­ly, and “God’s order for the fam­i­ly.” How­ev­er, two of its top sales­men, both asso­ci­at­ed with Far­ris, have now been exposed as lech­er­ous old men — Bill Gothard and Doug Phillips. It is only now, when every­thing is com­ing out in the open, that Far­ris is attempt­ing to dis­tance him­self from all this.

Below are some VERY dis­turb­ing arti­cles. This is just the tip of a ter­ri­ble iceberg:

Far­ris & Extreme DominionismFarris ConCon2
Mike Far­ris has a long­time asso­ci­a­tion with lead­ing Recon­struc­tion­ist Domin­ion­ists. Ear­ly on in his career he co-chaired the Coali­tion on Revival’s “The Chris­t­ian World View of Law” com­mit­tee. This fact is doc­u­ment­ed in Al Dager’s clas­sic 1990 book Vengeance Is Ours: The Church In Domin­ion (avail­able HERE) which includ­ed an entire chap­ter on the Coali­tion on Revival (COR). Many old-time edu­ca­tion researchers expe­ri­enced this group and its agen­da. COR was found­ed in 1984 by Dr. Jay Grim­stead and it pro­duced 17 “sphere doc­u­ments” artic­u­lat­ing an agen­da to seize domin­ion over the social, cul­tur­al and polit­i­cal are­nas of Amer­i­ca. Just google a few of the names of men lead­ing the steer­ing com­mit­tee: e.g., Gary DeMar, Bob Simonds, Den­nis Pea­cocke, Cal Beis­ner, Bob Mum­ford. You will find they all shared a dan­ger­ous dream of domin­ion. Read more:

How did you like the Far­ris wheel ride? Pret­ty dis­turb­ing, right? Obvi­ous­ly, this post could go on and on. As said above, there is a 30-year his­to­ry of Far­ris and his activ­i­ties. This post bare­ly scratch­es the sur­face. Read­ers are encour­aged to do their own home­work. Get the facts!