Inside The Institute For Basic Life Principles — The Organization That Inspired ‘Taliban Dan’
“I watched that ad, that video that the Grayson guy…and after I watched it, I thought, yeah, that’s definitely provocative, but I don’t think that’s an exaggeration to compare Dan Webster and IBPL ideals to the Taliban because, as far as women go, we are reduced to non-personhood status,” said Vyckie Garrison, in a wide-ranging interview with TPM.
Garrison, 44, became affiliated with IBLP in her mid-twenties, and followed the Institute’s teachings until one of her daughters attempted suicide. She divorced her husband and left the Institute at the age of 41 and now writes about her experiences at the website No Longer Quivering.
What we now call IBLP was founded decades by Bill Gothard, an influential, and deeply conservative minister. In a Time Magazine article written over 30 years ago, Gothard, then 39, was quoted as advising women, attacked by their husbands, to pray, “God, thank you for this beating.” His group has existed in different forms, until it was finally incorporated as IBLP about 20 years ago.
According to Garrison, IBLP gets its hooks into evangelical parents by offering them a program for home schooling their children, and protect them from the evils of public schools — “Satan’s indoctrination centers.” (Webster’s six children have all been home schooled.)