Monday, November 19, 2012
Some more of my crazy neighbors are in the press again.
"Last month, a 22-year-old man who grew up in Word of Faith said he was beaten and held against his will as church members tried to rid him of the demon that they believe makes him gay. Michael Lowry, as with others before him, described a church atmosphere of suffocating conformity, shunnings and a deep distrust of the outside world."
Over the summer a church a few miles up the road made national news when its preacher suggested we put all gays and lesbians in concentration camps. (See here for more.) Now another local church has made national news over the above story and various other similar incidents. You have to laugh at this part: "All Word of Faith members are required to sign a waiver, found on the church website, releasing the church from liability for any injuries suffered during worship." LOL
But other parts of this story are not so funny: "Critics, however, call it a form of shunning in which children may be separated from their families and friends and subjected to blasting, paddlings or other forms of discipline. Carmona says his sin was staring into space while daydreaming. The church called it “witchcraft,” he says, and he was forced to read the Bible and watch videos of Jane Whaley’s sermons for up to nine hours a day. Each day ended, he says, with him “writing notes to Jane,” pleading for her forgiveness."
The rest of the nutty story is at: