I would like to know more about RTB's inability to get into homeschool conventions. I am aware that Ken Ham and AiG have openly campaigned against old-earth Christians, or those that offer OE materials (such as Sonlight), but I have wondered who else they've managed to exclude. If you could expound on this, and particularly on any conventions at which RTB has been welcomed, I would appreciate it.For many years, I thought the reason RTB was being excluded from homeschool conventions was because of our position about the age of the earth. I've come to understand more recently that that's not the core issue. I discussed this a couple weeks ago in a previous post ("Redefining Inerrancy").
The way this philosophy then works itself out in the homeschool convention circuit is that the groups who run the meetings seem to see it as their Christian duty to exclude RTB. My speculation is that they consider RTB as representing such a gross level of biblical compromise that we must be excluded for the safety and protection of children. That might be overstating things just a bit, but I think it's pretty close to being accurate.
Think of it as the functional equivalent of disfellowshipping an unrepentant sinner in the local church. Is this done to punish him? No. It's done to hopefully help him understand the error of his ways and urge him toward repentance. Out of Christian love, I actively choose to believe the best about the motives of my young-earth friends, namely that they are acting out love and concern for me, their errant brothers and sisters in Christ. Their goal by excluding us is our repentance, not punishment.
While I am aware of other groups that I believe AiG has succeeded in actively excluding from homeschool conventions, I'm not really at liberty to say. But I doubt it would be too hard to find out such information given the extent of the internet these days.
The state RTB has been most welcomed in is Oklahoma. We have been there for four or five years now. But this came about due to the moral courage of a very small group of individuals and some highly unusual circumstances. There has been much active lobbying to get us out of OK, but as of right now, we're still there. But this needs prayer and support. If anyone is so inclined, please take a moment to write to the good people there at OCHEC and thank them for their support for RTB. Last year we were also in Northern VA, but that convention has now been disbanded. We were also in Witchita last year, but haven't been invited back.