Post # 1
I just recently found out about these “boarding schools” where they take teenagers who don’t conform to their parents’ Christian beliefs (so, teens who are gay/atheist/etc), then pretty much torture them until they conform. I thought this was terrifying and was surprised that I hadn’t heard about it before. I’m sharing it here for awareness, because I’m not really sure what can be done to help.
I obviously think the Christian bees would equally be bothered by this, but it felt more appropriate to put it here.
Here is a link to a trailer for a documentary about one in the Dominican Republic:
But apparently, these schools exist in the U.S. as well:
Here is a link I was shown to a 17 year old describing his previous two years in one of these schools: http://www.reddit.com/r/atheism/comments/q6is0/in_september_2009_after_admitting_to_my_parents/
He said: “To start off it’s a boarding school where there is literally no communication with the outside world, the people who work here can do anything they want, and the students can do absolutely nothing about it. The basic idea is that you’re not allowed to leave until you believably adopt their viewpoints and push them off on others. The minimum stay at these places is a year, an ENTIRE YEAR, that means no birthday, no christmas, no thanksgiving etc.; my stay lasted 2 years. The day to day functioning of this facility is based on a very strict set of rules and regulations: you eat what they give you, do what they tell you (often just pointless things just to brand mindless submission in your brain), and believe what they tell you to believe. Consequences for not adhering to these regulations include not eating for that day, being locked in small rooms for extended periods of time and the long term consequence of an extended stay. There’s a lot more detail and intricacies I could get into, but my main purpose was to spread awareness to the only group of people I feel like could do something about this. “
Post # 3
I don’t’ really know how to comment without offending anyone, but I can say that I witnessed similar “retreats” in my time with the Catholic church (to a lesser degree), and it really screws people up for life about sex, identity, and forming an independent opinion.
Post # 4
That’s just sickening. Sounds like jail, not boarding school.
Post # 5
That is absolutely horrible!!!! I think there needs to be more awareness about this kind of thing happening to kids. I have never heard of this before. Sounds like a place where the brainwash america’s youth. SICK. This kind of abuse is so destructive. From first look at their website it looks to be a camp for troubled kids, not a camp for persecution for religous conformity. The people who run this place need a psych evaluation. This is truly upsetting.
Post # 6
@JustMarried51912: I definitely agree. I read a comment where it says some of the schools even encourage the parents to mark it on their taxes as a medical expense, but I’m not certain of the validity of that comment.
The more I read about these things, the more I want to be involved in some kind of activism. Work for the ACLU or FFRF. I’m finishing my undergrad soon, so I might look into it… I just wish there was something I could do to help.
Post # 7
I’m saddened and appalled this could still happen today. Didn’t society learn its lesson from the Residential Schools of 100 years ago and the damage it caused?
Post # 8
That is crazy and really child abuse I think even if your child is misbehaving and needs to be sent to a school you have to be really careful about where that is. I also think sending someone away for their lack of relgious belief or their sexual orentation is nuts also!
Post # 9
Woah!! This is sickening. Being sent away because you are gay, that poor kid.
Although, where did you get the link to that second school? I have read the website and see no religious affiliation anywhere. Are you sure that is one of the schools in question? If not, is it responsible to put it on a post that will come up every time someone google searches the school’s name?
Post # 10
Wait, you mean super religious people aren’t doing the actual Christian thing and respecting other people’s beliefs? Shocking! 😉
Post # 11
@mrsbacon: It was in the comments of the final link. I know none of these are great completely verified sources- but when all of the victims are underage, what kind of sources can we expect?
Post # 12
Being sent away because you are gay, that poor kid
am i the only one that thought a bunch of confused young people (confused only because they are young and being battered to conform) in the one place thinking they might be gay is only going to lead to them experimenting at some point with each other
Post # 13
@Miss Orchard: Again, people exspect US to be respectful when other people spew hate just as venamous?
As a Christian, this is SICK and not something true Christ-Followers would condone.
Post # 14
My sister was invited to by friends to their church that runs a summer camp that “fixes” gay teens. She said in the youth group meeting, they sat in front of a screen that flashed phrases, and they had to repeat those phrases… for thirty minutes.
Post # 15
sounds about right. sickening, but not entirly surprising. Religion, and the way religion is run,is FUBAR
Post # 16
That’s awful, absolutly dispicable. I think most people would agree that it’s an exteremly radical position, regardless of your opinion on Christianity. That said this a wedding board and while the topic is surely important, I’m concerned the discussion and some comments might lead to an attack on religion, which many people just planning a wedding might find also offensive.