If you homeschool for religious reasons (as part of the Christian homeschooling movement), chances are the above describes you. If you actually realized as much, you wouldn't have allowed yourself to be scared, then conned, and then mined. Cons don't work without your cooperation. Your "intentions" have nothing to do with it. If anything, your good intentions are taken advantage of.
I get asked occasionally what demographic I consider the target audience of what I write here. For me it's pretty simple. I've always considered mainstream Christianity to be my target audience, hoping to warn them about the ideas, designs, and intentions lurking just off in the fringe, flaunting themselves under the same banner as the mainstream, when, in fact, they're cultic and destructive. Things like "Courageous", and the warm (and overwhelmingly naive) reception it's received from the mainstream, suggest to me that someone does need to sound the alarm - and do so loudly. The ideas introduced to the mainstream through that film can, and do, hurt people and put them in direct opposition to the teachings of Jesus Christ, and professing Christians are quite often among the most gullible people on the planet, allergic to any form of discernment, willing to accept anything that comes in a "Christian" wrapper as good and godly and wholesome.
Secondary targets would be secular society (for the same reasons, even if from a slightly different angle), and people either currently in these movements, coming out of them, or considering joining them. When I say "these movements", they can really ALL (Christian homeschooling, patriarchy, QF, et cetera) be brought under one header: Dominionism - which is connected to Christian reconstructionism (which has some ugly, ugly, ugly roots).
For all the stuff I've written here, nothing creates a larger firestorm than when I write something directly to the Christian homeschooling crowd. I got a lot of angry responses when I wrote this a while back, and the follow-up to it, here, brought about its own sizable share of angry responses. As you read this, please remember, I'm not responsible for you being scared, conned, and then mined, and me bringing attention to it still doesn't transfer responsibility for your decisions to me, and you being offended doesn't change my opinion, nor does it change reality (even if those are two different things). If you want to be angry, be angry at the people scaring, conning, and mining you (and taking a lot of your money in the process).
How were you scared, conned, and mined?
Generally speaking, it isn't bravery that leads people to religion-based homeschooling. It's fear. Several people wrote to me attempting to justify or support their personal decisions with the idea that they chose to homeschool to protect their children from "the world". That's a problem. You're already trying to control their world by doing so - and putting your fear in the driver's seat, trying to limit their exposure, limit their information, limit their own discernment, taking a certain amount of (if not all) options away before they ever get started - something that more often than not carries over into their adulthood AND is actually encouraged (in some cases mandated) into adulthood by the publishers you're most likely getting your homeschooling materials from.
Here's where it gets ironic...Does your homeschooling curriculum promote ideas like "God controls the womb", patriarchy, courtship, et cetera? Chances are it does. Some more than others. Let's look for a second at the QF idea of "God controls the womb" in comparison to everything else (patriarchy, courtship, et cetera) the paradigm promotes. Apparently, once your baby is born, God becomes powerless, and you, its biological parents, are in total control of its destiny. That would seem to me to be one weak-assed god and belief system. I mean, really, you wouldn't DARE interfere in the process of conception, but you're gonna micromanage a life once it leaves the womb, putting your fingerprints everywhere (read this if you can stomach it)? If you have total faith in God to control the womb, but lack faith to allow God to work, without your interference and officiating, in the lives of your children once born, you have no faith at all, really. You have a culture. You were scared with "the world", conned when culture was masked as faith, and through the QF "God controls the womb" con, you're now being mined.
Why do I say mined? The Christian homeschooling movement is a product of Dominionism and Christian reconstructionism, much of which was culled from the ideas of this man, championed and pioneered by religious addict racketeers and sociopaths. Before Christian homeschooling, there was no "Quiverfull movement". Christian homeschooling was developed to give the dominionist cultural war a boot camp and training ground. You can't build an army without numbers, so a way to resource the army had to be invented. It's not like they could say "Hey...Y'all start screwin'. We wanna win this thing!" without coming off as overtly cultic and outright kooky, so they found what amounts to an obscure passage of three verses in a Psalm which say nothing of substance to humanity today (and have no commands in them), twisted them (and they still say nothing of substance and have no commands), and created an entire theology out of those three verses that say a whole lot of nothing.
Once you've been sufficiently scared with how "the world" wants to eat up your children with its public schools and burn their houses down with drugs, booze, and hot, pornographic sex and sodomy, it's not that hard to pull the Christian homeschooling and Quiverfull con on you, what with it wrapped up in phrasing like "biblical" and "godly", cause chances are you'll never, ever check the fine print - and you most likely haven't. So, now you can be indoctrinated with cultural war propaganda via Christian homeschooling, and your reproductive organs serve as the "conscription", a resource used to spit out a new cultural warrior roughly every 15-18 months.
You've been scared, conned, and mined. You've been duped.
A whole segment of Christianity which worships an all-powerful God where the womb is concerned, but not powerful enough to outwit Hugh Heffner, network television, public schools, or the neighborhood drug dealer outside of it, meant to live under the influence of Perfect Love, but instead living under the influence of total fear and cultural paranoia - and they can't tell the difference.
If this doesn't speak to YOUR situation, I can't see any reason you'd respond negatively to it or feel threatened by it. If this post angers you or makes you feel threatened, that likely says more about the integrity and practices of your belief system (and its outliers) than it does about what I've written here. It may be time to step back and re-evaluate.