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Christian School Confidential: a fundamental satire Paperback – March 11, 2012
About the Author
Dwayne Walker is the producer/director of Bible Madness and the paperback sequel, Christian School Confidential. He graduated Trinity Christian Academy (where Tim Tebow played for one season) in Jacksonville, Florida in 1980. He spent three weeks at Bob Jones University before coming to his senses and enrolling at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He created the blog, Christian School Confidential, after Bob Gray, the former pastor of Trinity Baptist Church (which operated the school as a ministry) was arrested for multiple accounts of child molestation in 2006. He ceased blogging at Christian School Confidential and now comments on religious scandals here http://biblemadness.wordpress.com. Walker’s photographs and articles have appeared in Rock City News, Entertainment Today, the Florida Times Union, and Femme Fatales. His movies have been discussed in numerous articles from Brill’s Content, the L.A. Weekly, and Los Angeles magazine. His clients have included the late Walter ‘Killer’ Kowalski, lady wrestler Queen Kong, Alan Brannum Promotions, Zigwear Faux Fashion, and Wrestling Then and Now. He works as an adviser to businesses and individuals regarding video production and web content.
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There are too many examples of religious figures involved in molestation, from current jailbird Warren Jeffs of the FLDS to priests being reassigned by Catholic hierarchy to backwaters where they continue their molesting ways, for this subject to be passed over in our contemporary literature.
An offshoot but related subject is that of homes used by fundamentalist churches where "misbehaving" teens can be sent for rehabilitation. Both CNN and ABC have covered the latter scenario, but it's much less obvious on the media radar. There's a pretty neat near ending when the tables are turned on some of these homes.
This book covers many areas. The author is male, the protagonist, Sarah Starr is a female who narrates the book from her teen years to her maternal years, though we're not clear how old she is at book's conclusion. In these pages are some hard-hitting descriptions of the mental, emotional and sometimes physical consequences of these practices. Her universe is crazy with perverts and molesters supported by those who think it amounts to God's will and thus refuse to deal with it.
It also touches upon inferior investigation techniques such as those used in the now-discredited McMartin investigation, which for a while set back the whole area of child memories as an investigative tool. All sides of the subject are examined. If there's one moral in this book, it's if you know something, report it. Now the law requires it for some investigators. Just ask Penn State.
It's clear it's the message that interests Walker, not developing characters and describing them, or even creating suspense. Some of the character names (Bunyan, Cutswipe) and place names (Happy Land and Odd Town) are pretty clumsy and action scenes are not his strong point. He has very few, in fact. Mainly dialogue, thoughts and feelings of guilt and occasional relief populate this work.
Though Walker isn't strong on describing characters - I never get a word picture of the characters - and Walker has a way of dropping in a new character without any warning, it's still worth reading if you want to know something about how silence can wound, if not kill.