Woman Details ‘Painful’ Escape From Abusive ‘Cult’ and Her Quest to Assimilate Into Mainstream Culture
“It’s a tale of isolation, insulation and alleged abuse. Growing up in what she describes as a restrictive “cult” for the first 25 years of her life, author Elizabeth Esther knew little of the outside world.
She was a member of The Assembly, a fundamentalist Christian group started by her grandparents, George and Betty Geftakys.
Esther eventually abandoned the only world she ever knew, assimilating into a mainstream culture that was foreign, confusing and filled with new people, perspectives and sights; the journey wasn’t an easy one and she’s hoping her experience will inspire others, while shedding light on fundamentalism.
In her new memoir, “Girl at the End of the World,” Esther says that she was “in love with Jesus but in fear of daily spankings” during her childhood years as a member of The Assembly.
The book tackles the “spiritual abuse” she says she experienced at the hands of her own family members, while delving into numerous questions of theological importance.
Esther, who left the church in 2003, told TheBlaze that The Assembly, based in Fullerton, Calif., was a nondenominational Christian church founded by George Geftakys in the late 1960s.
What started as a Bible study group eventually grew into a denomination of sorts, spreading around the nation and the world. At its peak, Esther said that there were at least 50 churches throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Africa and the U.K., with several thousand members in totality.
“I would say our belief system was most similar to Baptists. That would be the theological framework,” she said. “We identified as nondenominational Christians.”
But Esther, who was born into The Assembly, said that the group was anything but a normal church and that teachings led to both physical abuse and an incredibly insular culture.” http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/04/10/woman-details-painful-escape-from-abusive-cult-and-her-quest-to-assimilate-into-mainstream-culture/
Elizabeth Esther tells the details of her cult life, and her escape from within a cult. It’s a good read. And above, i have quoted a wee-snippet of the article .
And below, ive posted two youtube videos she made too.
Strangely . Some people will still only care to see Elizabeth Esther’s account of what she experienced. As being fictional . They will continue to deem it to only be “alleged “ abuse. They wont want to accept it as being a reality
For that’s the lowly level of how sad this ongoing situation, really is.
The folks on World Religion News ,will love to discuss the idea of us all having “freedom of religion as a human right” . In their articles, like Donald A WestBrook does in this article here http://www.worldreligionnews.com/religion-news/freedom-religion-human-right-council-europes-upcoming-vote-establishing-sect-observatories
How do they? suppose we might even be able to begin to achieve relative “freedom” of religion. Without us also having certain amounts of regulations also put in place .
Your guess is as good as mine
I mean . Lets say just for sake of interest, that we thought, that for us to all truly have our freedom of life. Then it might mean that we would need to have an unregulated system . Which would thus mean that we wouldn’t even allow anyone to introduce road-codes , speed limits , or criminal laws . And so on
Then how ? does someone like Donald , come to the conclusion , that this might then actually help us to truly achieve our relative “freedom of life”
What happens ? when someone decides, how they might like being involved in driving at excessive speed on our roads. What happens ? when someone decides they would love to get drunk ,before they drive on our roads .What happens ? when someone decides they like to thieve off someone , our perhaps bash someone to death. And so on
I doubt someone like Donald, could really argue, that this would truly be such a very wise move. I doubt that Donald could even explain how this deregulation would honestly help us to achieve “relative freedom of life”.
Because reality is,it would actually have also allowed the opposite to come about
And yet much the same conclusion,also apply’s to the matter of religion.Whenever it comes to need of dealing with religious excesses. And if folks like Donald, were interested, in us truly having right to relative freedom of religion. Then they might become a little more willing to actually just be more straight-up about it, and admit this.
Lets face it. Cults, and the actions of cult leaders. Like Bruce Hales . Are continually involved in some actions, that are really very little different to some out of control boy-racer, whom may also have liked to retain right, to decide for himself what speed he would like to be driving at, on our roads.
Yet if our governments began to allow that. Then some folks like Donald ,and sites like the World Religion News . Might ? more likely become outraged, at the mere thought of it.
And very few of us people, would even be likely to see that as any form of unwarranted outrage, either
Because we would all understand how it really amount’s to little more, than being human use of some real good common sense , that’s why
Yet when it comes to these matters of religion .Then many theist inclined folk, seem to tend to want to throw all common sense, out the window. Far preferring to just bury their head in the sand. As deeply as possible.Or so it seems
When we comment on their article. Like we have done (you can see comments that have been made on the link to their article). Take notice, of how the also seem to? refuse, to want to even enter into any ongoing discussion about it, with us.
So why ? is that then . If it is, that they would also truly feel like, their argument, will also be able to stand up to scrutiny
On the exclusive brethren site . Which you can visit here http://www.plymouthbrethrenchristianchurch.org/
Likewise. I doubt you can find anywhere, where they will even allow alternative views , to be aired and discussed.
That never seems to happen . So why? is that then
They seem to run their site like it’s only an echo-chamber . As far as i can tell, so far anyway (Although i could be wrong. So people are quite welcome to show where i’m wrong about that, if i am)
How likely? is it that the only comments coming in to the exclusive brethren site. Would only ever be, ones that would all tend to agree with their opinions, conclusions and point’s of view. On subjects being discussed
So very likely? do you think
We think not
Personally. I have doubt’s that all comments they receive. Will be ones that they would also want the general public to even know about.
In times past. Before the internet came into existence. Theists had long enjoyed their unshakable ability to pretty much be able to live under a code of silence. To be able to “fly under the radar”, (so to speak). But now that the internet exists.Then this underhand-tactic has now become a situation that is almost impossible to retain
For we can now bring these situations. Right out into the public domain.We can help make the general public become far more aware of these sorts of underhand-tactics, that have long been going on for many generations now .Leaving some people to need to suffer,under the unbridled tyranny of religion.
Our governments should no longer decide it wise, for them ,to continue to be inclined to bow-down under weight of these people either. For we now do retain the right, to also be able to have access to the tools , in which we can use to help make the general public become fully aware of that fact, as well too.
Its long due time that these matters should now be able to be discussed , more openly.More upfront. More honestly.
And if people refuse to wake-up to this . Then let it be, at their own peril. For they should need to begin to understand, that the general public is now beginning to wise-up to this sort of thing
We fully agree that freedom of religion should indeed become a human right. But we disagree that this can honestly ever be achieved ,without us also having put proper regulation’s in place
(note: all material cited above, is being cited here within law of fair use)