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  1. glodson says

    I will have to go back and listen to the track when I’m at home.

    Her story was equal parts horrifying and inspiring. It is horrifying that people are treated like she was, on a regular basis. It goes unreported and untalked about. The victims live in fear, maybe even believe this treatment is normal… It is heart-wrenching and sickening. But it is great to see someone emerge from that like she did.

    But this really stuck with me:

    “It’s a mindset you can never get free from, it’s always in the back of your head. Even mine! I think, am I going to hell for this? Then I have to remind myself that I don’t fucking believe in hell!”

    This is why I want to raise my daughter without religion. That little voice in the back of your head is always there. I still sometimes give a brief pause when talking about the non-existence of god. There’s still that stupid guilt. And that helps keep people silent over the abuses of any faith.

  2. says

    I have added that article to my archive here: http://religiouschildabuse.blogspot.ca/2011/05/judge-who-convicted-man-for-child-sex.html?showComment=1359839643694#c5719328479640264581

    Just above where that appears is a similar article dealing with the following cult survivors who are now recording artists:

    excerpt:

    With the recent release of his solo album Lysandre, much is being made (again) of former Girls singer Christopher Owens’ uncommon upbringing in the Children of God cult, which disallows exposure to mainstream culture. Owens still seems a little bitter about it. “Show me any American movie about the high school experience,” he told the New York Times, “and I become extremely jealous and sad that I didn’t have that.”

    He isn’t alone. Several stylistically distinct artists have vast stores of scripture in the part of the brain where most of us have the lyrics to 36 Chambers or at least Oops!…I Did It Again. Grimes, for one, has spoken out about her exposure to medieval-style Christian mysticism. Jonathan Pierce of the Drums and singer-songwriter Diane Birch grew up, like Kings of Leon’s Followill brothers, under the influence of evangelical types. Rookie rapper Angel Haze, too, was forbidden to listen to secular tunes for fear of hell’s fire.

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