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Mental and Emotional Religious Child Abuse…

November 21, 2011

… looks like this:

 

The title for this video is “Andrew getting the Holy Ghost.” I’m going to guess that Andrew is about seven and that it is his father kneeling and holding his hands while he is being programmed and socialized into shame and inanity. I just can’t imagine much of a normal future for a child that is being emotionally and mentally abused in this fashion on a weekly basis during his formative years (and I should know!).

If he thinks he’s having an emotional experience now just wait until his body starts changing and having desires that he can’t fully control and probably won’t understand (boners are sin!). Then he’ll have a crushing shame that will necessitate a grief-stricken altar experience every week!

Video via Christian Nightmares

6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 21, 2011 2:30 pm

    sigh…the problem is other christians tend to remain silent on this..but we shouldn’t! just because its “christian’ doesn’t mean we cannot make judgements on such things. mental & emotional abuse , is mental & emotional abuse , period.

  2. Gideon Jagged permalink
    November 21, 2011 8:12 pm

    Reblogged this on Gideon Jagged and commented:
    Fundies are at it again!

  3. Len permalink
    November 27, 2011 3:39 am

    Poor kid. I guess that learning to fake glossolalia was a necessary part of his growing up experience, so far. To be so betrayed by those who are supposed to be taking care of you is something that should earn eternal damnation.

    He’ll love it (NOT) when – in a few years – his parents dig up this vid (it’s on YouTube for goodness’ sake) and show all their relatives.

    • November 28, 2011 6:03 pm

      I was raised in a charismatic church, and there are home videos of me engaging in charismaticish behavior. To this day my parents, who aren’t even really part of that movement anymore, will attempt to counter my skepticism about charismatic behavior by referring to this supposed proof that God was actually doing things. “See, you used to do it.” They are wonderful, well-meaning people, but it is obvious to me in retrospect the sort of social pressure placed on children in these churches. We learn to socialize by observing proper decorum from our parents, and churches like this make socially aberrant behavior normative which creates confusion and differentiation.

  4. December 4, 2011 8:09 pm

    Quite thankful that I left the U.S. and all the crazed fundies almost 20 years ago. Now I live among the peaceful and non-judgmental Buddhists.

    I feel genuine sorrow for any child who is brainwashed in this manner. It is nothing less than widespread child abuse.

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