Kidnapped for Christ

A trailer for a documentary about a Christian discipline camp in the Dominican Republic. One of the kids is there because he’s gay (natch).

via End Hereditary Religion.com

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  • Alverant

    I’m too scared to watch.

  • grumpyoldfart

    My prediction:
    Not one politician will make even the slightest effort to investigate the camp.

    • Ace of Sevens

      To be fair, the reason it’s outside the US is so they can’t. I know Leo Ryan investigated the People’s Temple, but he couldn’t have done much.

    • http://freethoughtblogs.com/camelswithhammers Daniel Fincke

      Can’t there be charges for the aspects of this done in the US—you know, like the kidnapping?

    • Ace of Sevens

      It’s not legally kidnapping if it’s their parents making them go.

    • Ace of Sevens

      I’m unclear from the video if they are grabbing people who are over 18, or people are just turning 18 in the Dominican Republic. The first is definitely illegal. The second is problematic if they aren’t letting them contact the embassy. Personally, I think we give parents way too much control over their kids.

  • Francisco Bacopa

    There was a long essay going around a few months ago where a woman described being taken to a camp school like this. Many, many details about the kidnapping. It occurred to me at the time that if we spread information about how to resist such abductions, some of the kids might get away.

    As I recall from that other story, the victim had many opportunities to disrupt the abduction, but was unable really even think of doing so because of the shock and disorientation of what was happening and because she had no training in what techniques might work and what the likely outcomes of potential actions might be.

    Dies anyone know if anyone is working on this?

    Here’s the story:

    http://www.reddit.com/r/troubledteens/comments/hk0xy/a_gay_teen_describes_her_experience_at_a_utah/

    Read it if you haven’t

    Doesn’t it seem to you that with a little training and confidence building she could have totally pwned her captors at the airport?

    We just have to get the message out, but not necessarily on the internet. I think old-school Samizdat might be a better way to go.

  • 24fps

    Wow, looks like they got access to the so called school itself in the Dominican Republic – good for them! I would imagine getting in there would be very tricky.


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