In Reply to: Re: Family's response to CNN posted by James on December 07, 2007 at 06:12:47:
I don't think my comment is far fetched at all. I think, for example, that breaking up families because of religious dogma is emotional blackmail. Shunning biological family members because of religious indoctrination is emotional blackmail.
You say that your family members in TF are not leaders, but if they have their own children they are leaders over them. I think that indoctrinating children with religion is a form of child abuse. Even more so when that religion is a totalitarian one like TF cult, that isolates itself from society, lives by its own rules, and denies children their basic human rights. Teaching children that they will go to hell if they don't believe, for example, is emotional blackmail, a psychologically violent act in my opinion. The same goes for teaching them to be completely subservient and not to doubt or question the authority figures in their lives.
Why do you believe that your children in TF have the right to freedom of choice and religion, but that their children being raised in TF do not have the same right? If you do believe that children being raised in TF do have those same rights, why are you defending TF and it's policies? I could go on and on, but you get my drift.
You say you still visit them and as far as you can tell they are fine. But how far can you tell if you are no longer a member? If you are truly no longer a member of any kind, then according to their cult mentality you are an outsider not to be trusted. So just how much do they let you in on now?
And why bring Ricky into your arguments defending TF? Do you really feel he had great training in TF? Why do you feel it necessary to smear his memory?