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6 Apart, ya wanna know about child abuse?   Read this.  Thanks, dogemperor - you just made me nearly lose my dinner, but better to know about this than not.  The only thing scarier is what those poor kids may be like if they live to grow up...


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Aug. 9th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
Bill Gothard and The Pearls...
There's been a "heads-up" warning about them for some time on a lot of Christian blogs.

And they Do It all in the name of God and Christ. (According to Jewish theologians "Taking the Name of God in Vain" does NOT primarily refer to cussing; it refers to doing evil and claiming God's sanction/direction for it. Effectively, God saying "If you want to pull this crap, DON'T pull My name into it. I want NO part of it.") Practical reason: When you say "God" or "Christ" to these kids, what image will pop into their minds?

The only thing scarier is what those poor kids may be like if they live to grow up...

IF they make it to adulthood, they'll probably go one of the two ways you see in high-pressured Preachers' Kids, except more so:
1) Rebel all the way and turn into Aliester Crowley or Madelyn Murray O'Hair.
2) "Be Discipled" (i.e. knuckle under as True Believers) and turn into Fred Phelps.
Aug. 9th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Bill Gothard and The Pearls...
The two main reactions to consistent abuse seem to be to abuse others, or to protect others from abuse. What really upset me was that horrible parody of how to care for an infant. A baby needs to be fed when it's hungry, changed when it's messy, and cuddled and talked to. What they're suggesting risks anything from emotional stunting to out and out brain damage. Evil.

BTW - who are you? I know LJ doesn't have a place to enter a name for a non-member, but you could sign your message at the bottom or something.
Aug. 9th, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what to make of this. Clearly at least half of this article is devoted to adherence to the teachings of one author who for all I know is a fringe element. I do not for one moment excuse such bad teaching, though, and it is good to point that out. But it seems the author of this article is spending an awful lot of time on that one issue.
I highly object to the use of emotionally-strong language like "dominionist" and "gulag" in reference to things like Focus on the Family. The one reference to that group's promotion of "pagan genocide" was completely based on a misunderstanding. The episode of "Adventures in Odyssey" in question was a dramatization of the story of Gideon, and has no bearing on how modern-day Christians are to behave. The only valid point I had to concede was the reference to seizing the property of RPG enthusiasts, which I think even FoF would now admit was a mistake and is completely outdated--that episode is about 20 years old now.
Aug. 9th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
What you might want to do is go look at the community the post is from (dark_christian), to put it in context. The topic is sound enough, if some of the posters may get a little overblown on it. You look at the links, check out the subject, and make your own decisions.
Aug. 9th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
I've been playing roleplaying games since D&D came out in 1974. That whole anti-gaming tsuris was nonsense from the start, and I'll warrant the folks who decided it was handy to twist out of all recognition and use to scare people knew this perfectly well. Did this include FoF, or were they duped? Who knows. (Though if one of them took that infamous Chick Tract seriously, I hope they've learned to be less gullible.)

Come to think of it, it may have even been helpful to a degree. A much less harmful way for kids to learn what people will do to the truth in order to further their own goals than most of the others.
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