Is Pinterest Removing Your Favorite Essential Oil Pins?

A couple of weeks ago I woke up to a slew of emails from Pinterest informing me they removed several of my favorite and most beloved pins about essential oils. Some companies have updated their terms about how their images and company names (and trademark words) can be represented online. Their quest to comply with FDA guidelines about what can and can’t be said has struck a chord in many who feel it’s more censorship and restrictions on free speech. That’s not the case at all and I’d like to share a few points for us all to keep in mind.

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Representation– A company does have the legal right to govern how their companies and products are represented. When you take their images and trademark (and copyrighted) terms and use them out of accordance with the terms on their websites then you are violating their terms. If it were your company wouldn’t you hope your fans would abide by your terms? It’s to protect the company and all those who invest in it. This is excellent business practice.

Compliance– Being in compliance with their terms is not limited to just them. The FDA and FTC have terms about how supplements (in this case, essential oils) can be marketed. As a rep of any of those companies you should *want* people to abide by those terms to protect your investment. If you have questions about what can be said you can join our group Essential Oil Collaborative over on Facebook.

We’re discussing

  • Product Claims vs Educational Claims
  • Censorship
  • Blogging Guidelines
  • and much more.

Censorship– You may feel like it’s censorship, but it’s more about how to professionally represent the products with the utmost integrity and good old fashioned honesty. Essential oils are a wonderful part of any home’s natural apothecary with a lot of wellness benefits. We don’t need people making exaggerated and non-compliant claims in order to promote them.

Protection– It’s crucial that we work together to protect this industry. By doing so, we are advocating for consumers everywhere. There are bound to be snakes selling false promises, but we can do our part by professionally representing companies and products with compliant language. Compliant language is truthful and we can find the compliant language on the FDA website.

Please join us at the group so we can assist you in creating a legal, compliant, and truthful online presence for your wellness business. Even consumers need to be equipped with these updated terms. Feel free to invite your friends.

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The Fundamentals of Why Evangelicals Fear Speaking Up

This past week has been quite triggering with stories about the Duggar’s failure to obey God’s divine plan as well as the abusive nature of The Village Church against Karen Hinkley. I’ve been writing about church abuses for several years since leaving the Independent Fundamental Baptist cult movement and these stories make me shake with righteous indignation. Just over a year ago, I ceased from chronicling my experiences to take a much needed hiatus from the topic and find a path of peace. Seeing these stories engulf the Twitter and Facebook feeds has been an eerie reminder to what I experienced and why it’s crucial that we take a long hard look at why this keeps happening.

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Our media (including social media) has given this topic a much needed spotlight and we have this prodigious fortuity to take this by the reigns instead of allowing it to be misguided by pop culture and cult enthusiasts with a thirst for control over the Church and the political landscape.

I know it gets old hearing “not my kind of Christianity” and scarcely do we see a powerful example of what Christianity really is supposed to look like. It’s all too common, among many Christians, that they remain silent while injustice infiltrates the Church.

Why do evangelicals and fundamentalists fear speaking up?

The answer lies dormant while they bury their hands in the sand; unwilling and unable to make a difference.

Elizabeth Esther grabbed the opportunity by the horns and wrestled it down for the Church to see up close and personal.

For centuries, the Church has allowed a tyrannical form of doctrine to permeate its pulpits and hypnotize the members of the pews in American Christianity.

1. They believe in an inerrant doctrine.

In my research of spiritual abuse and church history it became apparent to me that this type of abusive mentality has been in “biblical” practices for so long that people genuinely believe it to be God’s truth to mankind. They are taught that this interpretation of the Bible is inerrant and to be adhered to until the return of Jesus.

2. They are mandated not to question.

For them to question it is akin to a betrayal of the Lord Jesus himself and the consequences vary from eternity in hell to excommunication (or shunning) by their congregations and families. Their dogma cites Peter’s betrayal and Thomas’ doubting, yet omit the fact that Jesus was merciful, gentle, and understanding to both of them.

3. They love celebrity fame.

I was never a fan of the Duggar reality show, because I disagree with pursuing celebrity status in Christ’s name. But since they did submit to TLC’s contract of televising their lives in such a public manner it has brought this substantial spotlight to Christianity and we now have the cue to step up to the mic.

4. They’re blind as a bat; sheep being led to the slaughter.

Millions of Christians will emphatically shout, “That’s not my Christianity”, then struggle to explain why and falter in showing it by example.

They’re deeply immersed in a sludge, like a pelican after an oil spill. They don’t know which way is up and can barely swim to shore for help. Once a rescue worker begins washing the oil with Dawn® dish washing soap, an eye peeks out and wants to shout “caution” to its feathered friends and stutters as its beak is sticky with black tar.

When tyrannical leaders control the flow of information for centuries, we have to start over. We can’t keep picking up the same manuals for church doctrines and practices and think we’re doing it better because the former cult leaders are out of the picture.

We have to STOP using their instructions altogether!

Why in the world would the Duggars, or any other Christian, think using Bill Gothard’s teachings are safe or useful when his abusive mind created those materials to begin with? Should we use Hitler’s journals for our lives too?

The actions of these “leaders” came to fruition due to their thinking. They had muddy vision to begin with and penned all their sordid philosophies into their books and spoke them in sermons that we pass along to one another as truth?!?

We don’t need a reformation of what already exists. We need to burn that damnable thinking down to the ground.

This isn’t “throwing the baby out with the bathwater”. I’m so sick to tears of hearing that cliche thrown around. It’s part of the problem!

Lets start over with WHO the baby really is, shall we?

Jesus is that babe, given to us from above. A cherished gift that reconciled us to God.

Luke 2:10-11  “10And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” ESV

Jesus is NOT in that bathwater you are tossing out. Whatever “baby” is in that stinky water is not Christ. You won’t find him sitting in that filth.

Jesus stoops over us in our bathwater and gently washes over us with Living water.

When you pour fresh water into a glass of muddy water, the water becomes more clear with each drop.

WE are in the bathwater. Jesus is the one bathing us.

While this is a clearer image of the bathwater analogy, even better if we jump out of the tub and into his arms. Peter did!

I’m done with the old fashioned bathtub, give me a natural waterfall to shower in! I don’t want to sit in bathwater that a billion other people have sat in, I don’t even want to be in that tub. Can you just imagine the filth sticking to the sides of the porcelain?

It’s going to take a whole lot more than using essential oils to clean this mess up.

Evangelicals and Fundamentalists are afraid of speaking up. These two camps are just one step shy of becoming ISIS.

  1.  They fear the group leaders and thus the group.
  2.  Their fear has them frozen and gagged.
  3.  This fear is perpetuated by their interpretation of the Bible.
  4.  They fear God instead of trusting Him.
  5.  They fear vulnerability.

Do you see the pattern here? F-E-A-R

Religion entangles us.

  • When people live in fear, they’re easily controlled. (Galatians 5)
  • When you can control the people, you can make a lot of money! (Matthew 21)

Jesus is the Great Liberator.

  • Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty. (2 Corinthians 3:17)
  • We walk by faith, not by sight or by fear. (2 Corinthians 5)

All of this man generated dogma is like a GMO, poisoning us with every bite.

Aren’t you sick to death of GMO Christianity? Give me a certified organic walk with Christ!

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Homeschool Bloggers are Silent on the Duggar Abuse

Were you watching the Duggar scandal unfold before your eyes and secretly fearing when the media would start accusing “homeschooling” for Josh Duggar’s incestual molestation? It didn’t take long before it came out that the Duggars use Bill Gothard/ATI materials in their homeschool lessons. I find it interesting that I haven’t seen ANY responses about this in the Twitter hashtag stream for #homeschool. More than interesting, I find it appalling. First of all, that no one in that stream has even spoken out about the abuse cover up and even worse they aren’t saying anything about the connection between the abuse and the homeschooling label.

I know “homeschool” is a rather large umbrella over many diverse families from Christian to Atheist, Pagan to Hindu, Gay to Heterosexual and so on. However, we’re still a community of home educators and the media is bound to lump us all in together.

Does that bother me? Yes and no.

1. It bothers me that the lifestyle of homeschooling gets this horrid reputation based on extremist fringe groups and their atrocious practices and teachings.

I’ve said before that it would be great to have more homeschool conferences that were inclusive to all beliefs and home educating methods. But the truth is there are more homeschool conferences catering to this hyper conservative and highly political community.

2. It wouldn’t bother me if the media portrayed all homeschoolers as one group…if they were honest about it.

When are they going to interview a homeschool parent who totally opposes this abuse?

Maybe they’re waiting to find out if there are any!

If they’re looking on Twitter to see what’s going on in the hashtag stream then they won’t find any. How disappointing.

I searched our homeschool blogosphere for any articles about this in hopes I would see compassionate moms speaking out for the victims. I even looked through the Winners list for the 2014 Homeschool Blog Awards and Group Blog nominations list to see if anyone there had said anything. I thought for sure someone over there would have spoken up. I used to write with some of these women.

Not a peep.

Maybe the Circle of Moms Top Homeschool Bloggers have said something.

Nope. It’s crickets on their blogs too.

It’s devastating enough as it is that this kind of abuse (and cover ups) exist in the world, let alone the homeschool community.

Maybe these mom bloggers have never sat with an abuse victim whose parents used the homeschool label as a shield.

Perhaps they didn’t read how Micah feels about seeing news stories like this.

Maybe they’ve never read the articles on HomeschoolersAnonymous.

I wonder if these homeschool blog moms dismiss these abuse stories as a small minority not worth giving attention to.

Should it matter how vast or minuscule abuse stories are to actually speak up about it?

Doesn’t it BOTHER these moms that homeschool graduates are speaking out about how their parents abused them in various ways and hid under the homeschool label?

Does it bother them the wrong way?

Is it so bothersome that they don’t want anyone to know abuse is happening in the homeschool community?

It should be bothering us that it’s happening and it should burn our hide so badly that we boldly speak out about it!

Have the Duggars become such a Christian Idol that Christians are afraid to say anything?

By the looks of Duggar supporters it seems as though that may be the case.

“How dare you say anything about the Duggars. God forgives!”

“Josh just made a mistake, God gives grace.”

“God forgets our mistakes, let it go.”

Really? Is this the best we can do? I sure hope not!

Stop using God’s name in vain.

Spend some time meditating on Romans 13:1-4.

The Duggars lost their moral compass, just admit it.

They made a GRAVE error in their parenting. Not just parenting in general, but as Christian parents.

They forgot how to trust God’s divine plan for government.

May we NOT follow in their footsteps.

Abuse is happening in the homeschool community and we are in a position to speak up about it.

No Christian homeschool blogger should even think of writing about parenting until they address this!

Christian parenting does NOT involve handling abuse in-house.

Here are 5  suggestions for getting help when abuse emerges.

1. Call your family doctor/therapist immediately. Tell them what happened and that your next step is to call CPS.

2. Talk to CPS. Yes, you heard that correctly. CPS has voluntary programs designed for families who come forward on their own in need of assistance with abuse. They offer classes, therapy, family therapy, individual child therapy, family reunification, and a host of other supportive services for the child victims.

3. Do NOT allow the abusive child to be in the house with other children any more until a licensed therapist and your doctor says it’s safe to do so.

4. Find a trusting relative or close family friend (without children) who would be willing to house the child temporarily.

5. Protect the other children AT ALL COSTS.

Facing this kind of travesty is difficult for everyone in the family. It’s incredibly taxing on the parents emotions to separate their family. It’s incomprehensible for a parent to think one of their children would harm their siblings like Josh Duggar did.

As a Christian, it seems to be so much more difficult. Christians hold such a high standard and it’s morbidly shameful to admit to themselves, let alone anyone else, when abuse has happened in their families.

Allow me to offer some comfort to them.

In Romans 13:3 “For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval,”

While one has done bad in being abusive, seeking licensed help right away is doing a good thing. THAT is to be commendable.

I sit here and think…what if?

What IF Mr and Mrs Duggar had handled this in the manner I suggested above?

  • As reality TV stars and famous Christian celebrities they would have had the opportunity to show the world how Christians can obey God’s commands and trust in His divine plan for our government.
  • They would have protected the girls from further abuse.
  • The girls would have developed a deep abiding trust in their parents.
  • Josh (and the family) would have had licensed therapy.
  • Josh would have been brought to justice properly. At the age of 14, his consequences would have been far less severe as they are right now.
  • Fewer girls would have been violated.

If you want to help reduce (even better, STOP) abuse from happening in the homeschool community then speak up about it!

Being silent isn’t going to make it go away.

We don’t want abuse in the homeschool community, so offer some supportive articles for families who are suffering.

Do you know of any homeschool bloggers who HAVE spoken against this abuse? Please share the link in the comments.

 

*Disclaimer: As an advocate for health and wellness, I provide my personal opinion and experiences with essential oils. None of what I testify of has been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered medical professional and I encourage you to discuss your health concerns with your own doctor. I simply share resources and tools to raise consumer awareness. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclaimer here

I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com

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