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While it's certainly an interesting documentary, I can't help but feel that the reporter is biased against his subject matter. He has every reason to be, of course, but it's obvious that he's going into the family with the intent of simply arguing with them, rather than create some sort of revelation as to why they do what they do.
Wow... I can't believe Louis managed this one. Very interesting stuff. Thank you for posting this!
Okay after watching this I have to say I am truly disturbed. If these people hate America so much, hate what has happened to the morals of our society then GET OUT!!!!!!! Period. My guess is they won't because they realize that this type of behavior will not be tolerated in most other countries. I happen to live not far from Skokie and remember the outpouring of anger and disgust here when they "picketed". Pathetic.
Nate,I've just learned of your story...and I didn't even *know* anything about this specific "church" your father runs. I've been reading your site, your blog and now I've watched this documentary!I am left so perplexed. I can see the whole nurture vs nature at play here. Like, if you put a watermelon in a square box it will take that shape.I'm so proud of you for getting out of this destructive situation, and I understand how hard it is. No matter, how harmful your family situation may have been, you crave the family connection. It's human nature. I've struggled with this myself, and I'm finally understanding the reasons.My heart goes out to all the young children of your family. It made me cry when (your nephew?) was hit in the head with the cup... I do believe that his parents are just as much to blame as the person who threw it.What I don't understand, if everyone...billions of billions of people are going to hell, why would god only select a handful...70 people? Why does this family feel the need to "warn them they are going to hell" if they are already going to hell? I don't understand that logic.I really hope some of these people realize they've been brainwashed and leave this monstrosity. BTW...doesn't the bible say something about loving your neighbour? What about the one without any sin casting the first stone? How can one pick and choose what parts of the bible they'll follow?Oh, and on a last note...didn't Jesus die for our sins past present and future so that believing in him is enough to get us into heaven? John 3:16Men have used religion too long to control women and children...this is all very disturbing.BTW, I grew up Roman Catholic. Now, I no longer no what I believe. I don't follow religion, but I'm not a bad person. If there is a heaven I cannot see someone getting there by calling people fags or picketing at funerals?Canada is proud to have you. :)I have so many thoughts, just can't collect them quickly without writing a novel!
what a horrible family, you are so lucky that you were able to get out.
I've been following WBC stories for a long time, and it makes my heart sad to see such a mockery of Christianity. Jesus said for his followers to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. How a group such as this can take a simple message of hope and love and turn it into a weapon is truly depressing. I'm going to visit your blog to keep up with your story.
Hi again Nate - I'm new to your blog and am reading other posts you've made. I outed myself above as a Christian in my previous post :). Although that is the path I have chosen, I know people of many different faiths, or no faith at all. One of the beautiful things about living in a free world is that we do not have to follow any proscribed religion. Why follow something you don't believe or does not seem real? Again, I'm glad you found your way out and I wish you success on your journey toward peace. Thank you for letting me post.
Wow, wow. This group tried to come to our city to protest a soldier's death. (not sure how you protest someone's death, still) Thankfully our city heard they were coming and put a quick end to it. They didn't tell them not to come, they just made it so hard for them to come they changed their mind on the day they were supposed to leave!! They set up ordinances, rules, and regulations quickly upon hearing of the protest. They called in every officer (which was easy since most of them volunteered as soon as they heard they were coming) to protect this family during their time of loss from these horrible acts. I don't agree with you on faith, but I do agree that I am so, so glad you came out of this nasty church doctrine and out of such a hate-filled, backwards situation, one that is laughable when they tell you their teachings vs. the book they supposedly follow.
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