My Heart Breaks for Micah … and Bethany

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by Boze Herrington cross posted from his blog Sketches by BozeOne afternoon in the fall of 2007 I walked over and sat down across from Bethany in the Southwestern Commons. I had a dazed look on my face.“Were you just talking to Micah Moore?” she asked me.I nodded. “How do you know Micah?”“He’s in my Reel Jews class. What did y’all talk about?”“He did most of the talking,” I said, in a perplexed voice. “He told me about Jesus.” … [Read more...]

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Not Quoting Quiverfull: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmitt

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NLQ SASBN member Boze Herrington has written a review of the new Netflix show "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmitt" for The Guardian newspaper. If you've not seen this new television show you might want to watch a few episodes. It's a comedy and yes, it is somewhat silly at times, but the draw for anyone in the former Quiverfull movement is that the show tackles the difficult issue of what it is like when you leave a cult and your entire frame of reference on life is what you learned within the cult. It manages to capture that perfect awkwardness in readjusting or adjusting for the first time to the outside world. … [Read more...]

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The Night We Were Persecuted

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by Boze Herrington cross posted from his blog The Talking LlamaThe body of Christ on this campus is under assault tonight,” said Tyler Deaton. “And I’ve called on God to summon a legion of angels, but I also know that the most effective prayers come from God’s people in unity.”November 2008. It was almost the end of my last semester at Southwestern. Within a few weeks Tyler and Bethany and I would be graduating. … [Read more...]

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The Dark Side of Faith

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by Boze Herrington cross posted from his blog The Talking LlamaThere is a dark side to religious devotion that is too often ignored or denied. As a means of motivating people to be cruel or inhumane—as a means of inciting evil . . . there may be no more potent force than religion.When the subject of religiously inspired bloodshed comes up, many Americans immediately think of Islamic fundamentalism, which is to be expected in the wake of the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington. But men have been committing heinous acts in the name of God ever since mankind began believing in deities, and extremists exist within all religions . . . Plenty of these religious extremists have b … [Read more...]

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Love & Death in the House of Prayer (A Rolling Stone Expose)

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By Boze Herrington cross posted from his blog  The Talking LlamaHello, everyone. I’m back from a month-long blogging break.The big story of the day is this investigative piece by Jeff Tietz for Rolling Stone Magazine about the cult I was in and the loss of my best friend. He does an excellent job of explaining how the group formed and how it all went wrong, and paints a beautiful picture of Bethany as she was known to those who truly loved her. … [Read more...]

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International House of Prayer: One Year Later After the Death of Bethany Deaton

Does anyone remember the death of IHOP intern Bethany Deaton? More than a year ago we mentioned her death in several different pieces and said we would be doing any followup to the case we saw.In the time that has passed since Bethany was found murdered in her van not much has changed. Her husband, Tyler Deaton, has moved to another area and taken a job as a teacher, Micah Moore,  the man that confessed has gone to trial and Mike Bickle distanced himself and IHOP from the Deatons, even going so far as to teach on what constitutes a cult in the wake of allegations about Tyler Deaton's group. Rolling Stone Magazine has researched and written an in depth article about the death of Bethany … [Read more...]

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News & Links Saturday – November 16, 2012

From Politicususa – Why the Republican Party must dump the ReBiblicans if it hopes to survive by Leah L Burton - http://www.politicususa.com/republicans-survival-means-party-back.html?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeedReligious groups under government … [Read more...]

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