Monday, January 26, 2009

Good Grief! This is Brainwashing?

The other half of the story of "Escape." Carolyn's Daughter "went kicking and screaming."(Photo by Trent Nelson, Salt Lake Tribune)

The Salt Lake Tribune - "Betty said traumatic years followed as she struggled to cope with mainstream society and fought with her mother.

Their arguments, she said, centered on her desire to live according to the sect's principles and her mother's determination to keep her from the faith, her father and her extended family.

'I was such a representation of everything she hated so much,' Betty said.

On July 2, 2007, Betty turned 18. Two days later she returned to the sect, celebrating what she now calls her own independence day."

As soon as she had the chance, Betty went back. Brainwashing or not, I know of no way to effectively deal with the upbringing of these people. As has been said before, who would decide what religion was a cult, and which one was over the edge and went too far?

And another thing. If they're happy, then should we interfere? Whatever issues Carolyn had, she resolved them by leaving as others have. Betty chose her father and her former life when she had the chance.

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ztgstmv said...

If Betty's brainwashed, then so are the millions of muslim girls who refuse to take off their burkhas; or the Jewish boys who insist on wearing yarmulkes; or the Catholic girls who choose to become nuns.

I'd like to hear Carolyn Jessop deride the above groups as badly as she has done to her own daughter!

Elusive Wapiti said...

Or the Christian who shuns sexual congress outside of marriage.

How cult-like can that be?


Moonaroo said...

If anyone is interested in hearing derision of Islam, I would suggest reading "Infidel" by Ayann Hirsi Ali. I might mention that her renunciation of Islam has caused her to have a pesky death warrant over her head. She is currently a member of Dutch parliment and they have spent approximately 3.2 million Euros on her protection. The same can't be said for Theo Van Gough a film director who was shot eight times and had his throat slit by Mohammad Boyen for his part in the production of a ten minute anti-Islam film entitled "Submission" Burkha abandonment seems to have fairly serious consequences from what I can tell.