Kidnapped for Christ

Christian homophobia combined with sadistic Christian authoritarian fetishism of “discipline” leads to this:

The Kickstarter to help finish this documentary is here. From the Kickstarter,

Kidnapped for Christ follows the stories of several American teenagers who were taken from their homes and sent to an Evangelical Christian reform school known as Escuela Caribe located in the Dominican Republic. The school is run by Americans and is advertised as a “therapeutic Christian boarding school” whose mission is to “help struggling youth transform into healthy Christian adults.” In reality, this school employed classic brainwashing techniques to break down and rebuild its students.

Relatedly, Stephen Fry recently interviewed the founder of NARTH, Dr Joseph Nicolosi, who tries to turn young gay people straight, and one of his former patients, Daniel Gonzales.

And this week, I also published a transcript and video excerpt with John Hazlet, a gay former monk (still in the monastery at the time of the interview) in which he explained why he thought gay reparative therapy is a destructive option.

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About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • PrimateZero

    This seems like a very good documentary to help expose this serious issue. On a lighter note, the title to your post made me thing of the Vonnegut novel “Slapstick or lonesome no more”. In the book a “new” religion takes off where people are really trying to find Jesus because he was kidnapped. Good stuff.


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