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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?