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Evangelist Gothard Resigns After Harassment Claims

OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) - A prominent Christian evangelist known for promoting a Bible-based home school curriculum has resigned from the Illinois-based organization he led following allegations of sexual harassment. 

Bill Gothard founded the Oak Brook-based Institute for Basic Life Principles.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Gothard had been on administrative leave since last month while the group's board investigated allegations he harassed women and girls.   The resignation was announced in a letter from the institute's home schooling program administrative director.  The newspaper said Gothard couldn't be reached for comment.

His organization has conducted Bible-based seminars around the country since the 1960s on subjects ranging from conflict resolution to achieving financial success.   Gothard's so-called "chain of command" teachings promote the belief that bosses, city leaders and husbands are put in elevated positions by God.

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