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At the same time, his wife began corresponding, via early-1990s AOL chat folders on religion, with an inquisitive Christian computer programmer named Rick Seelhoff.
Their letters, thoughtful explorations of theology and human behavior, were later included as evidence in .
James Dobson, and started speaking routinely at conferences.
Seelhoff, like many on the religious right, had taken up the cause of homeschooling; it represented for her a more holistic way of life.
For five years had enjoyed continuous bumps in readership, growing enough to fully support Seelhoff and her family – until controversy brought her business to a standstill.
A year earlier, Seelhoff had sued a group of leaders in the Christian homeschooling movement – a politically influential, religious right subculture that originally embraced Seelhoff’s articles on teaching at home.
“And, honestly, I really miss that part of it still.
We went to each others’ births, we watched each others’ babies.” * * * ears before her journey from religious right to feminist writer, Seelhoff had embraced progressive politics.
Certain members of the Christian homeschooling movement found her apparent apostasy unforgivable.
Seelhoff shared life hacks: how to feed a family of ten on 0 a month or how to make 30 loaves of bread in a day.
In 1990, she appeared on “Focus on the Family,” the syndicated radio show hosted by the popular, gentle-voiced evangelical Dr.
Seelhoff, then a 46-year-old mother of 11 with long, wavy hair and a warm face, founded the publication in 1989, gearing it toward large families living economically.
The magazine paired cooking guides with articles on joy, loss, natural birth and homeschooling – and it was the reason she took the stand that day.