Ex-Members Describe Military-Style Christian Sect Now Accused of Child Abuse
They are an “Army of God” waiting for Armageddon at their compound in a remote corner of New Mexico.
They wear uniforms, have ranks, and take their orders from a self-appointed “general” named Deborah “Lila” Green who claims to be an “Oracle of God.”
The secretive Christian sect found itself thrust into the national spotlight earlier this week when Green and three of her followers were arrested and charged with rape and abusing children, as well as failing to register the births of children on their compound in Fence Lake, New Mexico, a speck on the map some 100 miles west of Albuquerque.
One child — a girl allegedly smuggled in from Uganda — was treated especially badly, the warrants revealed. She became Green’s personal slave and was reportedly “treated like a dog” and whipped bloody for the most minor of infractions with the equivalent of a cat-o-nine tails, the warrants state.
A former sect member named Johanna, who asked that her last name not be revealed, said she was a troubled teenager when she joined in 1984 and finally fled in 2003.
“General Jim has a bit of heart compared to her,” she said, referring to Green. “At first it was her and him running everything. But by the time I left, it was just her. I was pregnant with the child of another cult member and I knew I would be punished if I stayed. I had to leave my two other kids behind to get away.”
Asked why she didn’t leave earlier, Johanna answered, “I believed Lila when she said I would go to hell.“
Read more about it all here https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/ex-members-describe-military-style-christian-sect-now-accused-child-n796131
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Evidently just another case of “religious liberty and freedom” of religion? . Or so the argument usually goes
Why society would feel they have this need to wait-around until such time they finally find out children have already been badly mistreated.
Worldwide children are being forced into cultural faith beliefs via these ongoing acts of religious tyranny