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When Religion Becomes Emotional Abuse

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 19, 2013, 7:08 PM
:bulletblue: If you don't bother to watch the first video then don't comment because my post won't make any sense at all... Sorry guys, what I discovered while researching this ministry horrified me so much I had to share it with someone. :bulletblue:

I never thought I would find a scarier version of Christian indoctrination then Jesus Camp (…. Then I found the video below. It make's Jesus Camp look absolutely harmless. Oh yeh and they specifically target non-christian children between the ages of 4 and 12 ; or children who aren't the "right type" of Christian.

Make sure you watch the whole thing. It isn't lying. It is all factual. This is what these "school clubs" actually teach to children right after the last bell rings... in public schools. You may have to pause the video in some areas to read what it says.

Their curriculum is so terrifyingly horrendous that it nearly brings me to tears at the thought of any child having to hear these things from an adult they trust and believe.

I usually disagree with the statement "Religion is child abuse" but it's ministries like these that make me second guess my opinion. Anyone who can't see how these ministries could be emotionally traumatic either didn't watch the whole video (which uses only the ministries own books and words) or is indoctrinated into this horrifying cult of unnecessary guilt, punishment, and pessimism themselves.

If my child ever where to hear these things. I would take them in my arms, hold them tight, and tell them that everything was ok. That they aren't an evil person. That every human being makes mistakes, none of us are perfect.

I'd hug my child and tell them: "Even when you pout, even when you slam a door because you're mad, even when you complain about the food that is given to you (all things the curriculum says are worthy of eternal torture) I love you completely. I may not like these things but they are ok, they are emotional reactions and everyone gets them. Sometimes even Mommy raises her voice when she's mad. You are a wonderful little boy (or girl), my little boy and you've done nothing wrong. You try your best to treat others the way you want to be treated, you even help Mommy when she volunteer's at (-Insert volunteer place here- because my kids will be doing that from a young age). You are fine just the way you are. Just keep trying your best at all you do and always try to do the right thing. I love you soooooo much. Ok? "

Anyone who even attempts to emotionally abuse my child like this would get an earful and if they managed to abuse my child before I could shield them from it and it caused my child even a hint of emotional distress I can't say I wouldn't  punch the person in the face…hard. No one will fuck with my kids on such an emotionally or physically traumatic scale such as this.

Now I'll say plainly enough that I believe these "clubs" should not be allowed in school. I agree completely agree with Justice Stevens's dissenting opinion in the Supreme Court Case that allowed these clubs into schools:

"Distinguishing speech from a religious viewpoint, on the one hand, from religious proselytizing, on the other, is comparable to distinguishing meetings to discuss political issues from meetings whose principal purpose is to recruit new members to join a political organization. If a school decides to authorize afterschool discussions of current events in its classrooms, it may not exclude people from expressing their views simply because it dislikes their particular political opinions. But must it therefore allow organized political groups—for example, the Democratic Party, the Libertarian Party, or the Ku Klux Klan—to hold meetings, the principal purpose of which is not to discuss the current-events topic from their own unique point of view but rather to recruit others to join their respective groups? I think not. Such recruiting meetings may introduce divisiveness and tend to separate young children into cliques that undermine the school's educational mission. School officials may reasonably believe that evangelical meetings designed to convert children to a particular religious faith may pose the same risk."

And Justice Souter's dissenting opinion:

"It is beyond question that Good News intends to use the public school premises not for the mere discussion of a subject from a particular, Christian point of view, but for an evangelical service of worship calling children to commit themselves in an act of Christian conversion. The majority avoids this reality only by resorting to the bland and general characterization of Good News's activity as 'teaching of morals and character, from a religious standpoint'. If the majority's statement ignores reality, as it surely does, then today's holding may be understood only in equally generic terms. Otherwise, indeed, this case would stand for the remarkable proposition that any public school opened for civic meetings must be opened for use as a church, synagogue, or mosque."

You can watch another more investigative like video linked to me by Mephistophilez

I also hope to get and read this book since it seems interesting:…
And here's a short interview with the author:

  • Listening to: Supremacy by secession Studios
  • Reading: 1984; 50 Reasons Ppl Give 4 Believing in a god
  • Watching: Biggest Loser; Real Time; Daily Show
  • Playing: DJ Max; RISK Ipod App Ver
  • Eating: Lucky Charms
  • Drinking: with Milk
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SketchyShade Featured By Owner Edited Oct 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
The second video, when some guy says at 31:02, he talks about creationism being in there, instead of evolution because evolution is a theory, isn't creationism sort of like a theory? It isn't even proven and evolution makes more sense in a way.
SparrowOfTheDawn Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This video is one of the most disturbing things I've seen in my life.  I completely agree with you, and thank you for sharing this.
MadamMichi Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
sampea Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
We don't need those camps to believe.
supersam4ever08 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I find it amusing how God is so quick to punish complainers. Like the people who followed Moses, the ones who complained about the lack of water. Water is necessary for living and living is necessary for, uh, serving this God. So what does God do? Not send water to help his 'favored people' and let them live, no, he sends effing FIRE SERPENTS to KILL them. Wut.
MadamMichi Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes I was taught in church that nothing is more important then god, not food , not water, not your family. 
Rose333 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
wow, I've just remembered something similar that happened in my life : D I was about 8 years old maybe, and there was a religion exam in my class. and there was this one question - 'what is the worst thing that can happen to a human?'. and I wrote something like 'losing your beloved ones, being all alone, being very poor' etc. and then I was sooo surprised when my teacher gave me the worst mark, cause the RIGHT answer was 'losing your faith in god' :) so, yeah. and what is more funny, my life got a lot better after I started believing in goodness and happiness, not in any particular god ;)
MadamMichi Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'v had the worse thing in life happen to me :dummy: then apparently 
Deidara-TheTerrorist Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I recently converted to Christianity..... I like it, but I hate the bad rep it gets from idiots. If you are gay I will not tell you to change your ways. If you don't believe in my faith, at least yours makes you happy. I don't feel the need to tell everyone to become my clones. If I want to go to Heaven, I will talk to those who want to listen to what my religion has to say. I will do my best to be a good person.

Ridiculing and abusing others because they don't think like me doesn't make me holy. It makes me about as Saintly as Satan himself. these people need a wake-up call.
MadamMichi Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So what you're telling me is: You have common sense and an understanding of basic decencey ?! :iconletmehugyouplz:
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