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A Religion or a Cult?

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    I read this Washington Post article on a so called religious boarding school, The House of Prayer, in rural Micanopy, Florida just south of Gainesville. The children that were housed in the school under the care of "Mother Anna" were tortured in a religious cult like atmosphere that included exorcisms and chemical baths.

    Over the space of a 10 year period, the children were beaten, locked in solitary confinement, starved, and in some cases murdered.

    I do not see how The House of Prayer was allowed to function for such a long period without suspicion, but that would require an understanding of the social culture around Micanopy, Florida. I mention this because the good folks of Alabama are now also caught up in electing Roy Moore, an alleged pedophile, to the Senate. The longtime residents of Gadsden, Alabama are seemingly ready to support Moore.

    When it comes to ones strong Christian beliefs, it would seem that those beliefs trump all other common sense. I have a hard time drawing a distinction between some of the Christian evangelical beliefs and those of a cult. Are not they all cults in some respect? Are James Dobson (Focus on the Family) views on child rearing (beating the children to instill obedience) that much different from the abuse the children received at the House of Prayer?

    Micanopy, Florida or Gadsden, Alabama...or other locals in the deep south. Anyone recall the movie Deliverance?

  • Liberal Democrat
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    From the Gainesville Sun in reference to Mother Anna:

    “They will ultimately say they were under the sway of this woman. She was the person in charge. She had either that kind of magnetism or there was a fear component,” said Eighth Circuit State Attorney Bill Cervone. “I don’t know how these cult organizations prey on people who get caught up in it, but there are probably types of people who get lured into that kind of thing.”

    Yes, there are those "types of people" and one of them might become a United States Senator. Is Roy Moore's profile any different than that of Mother Anna?

    Rights come from God, not from government. -- Roy Moore

  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    From the Gainesville Sun in reference to Mother Anna:

    “They will ultimately say they were under the sway of this woman. She was the person in charge. She had either that kind of magnetism or there was a fear component,” said Eighth Circuit State Attorney Bill Cervone. “I don’t know how these cult organizations prey on people who get caught up in it, but there are probably types of people who get lured into that kind of thing.”

    Yes, there are those "types of people" and one of them might become a United States Senator. Is Roy Moore's profile any different than that of Mother Anna?

    Rights come from God, not from government. -- Roy Moore

    In the new "tax" bill they have made exclusions for certain "christian schools" of course under pressure of De Vos; who is super Christian. My proposal is to tax all the churches as well Christian institutions; that will reduce the deficit a bit. Selling "snake oil" should not be rewarded.
  • Center Left
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    God is life's bleach. Add God and suddenly it is all good. Scary how some chose to think and live.

    Pathetic and pitiful. Merely my opinion though.

  • Independent
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    TJ Wrote:

    God is life's bleach. Add God and suddenly it is all good. Scary how some chose to think and live.

    Pathetic and pitiful. Merely my opinion though.

    Deity makes it all good.