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originally posted by: Murgatroid
originally posted by: 123143
Catholics wiped out entire cultures. I think that a much more egregious offense.
The Roman Catholic Church has to be the largest cult in the history of the world.
But what very few realize is that Catholicism and atheism both share the same source.
The same is true of Scientology, Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian Scientists, Mormons, etc.
Actually, they weren't homeschooling.
Deborah stayed home to school the kids, Humble and fellow neighbor James Constantine said.
The Leonards were apparently longtime members of the church, part of what Lieutenant O’Neill called an immersive religious environment. “This was a way of life,” he said.
“Their church life, if you can call it that, was the center of their world.” Lucas and Christopher were home-schooled, said Ron Wheelock, the superintendent of the Sauquoit Valley Central School District.
Cult expert Rick Ross said "This is an old-school group...It’s typical in many ways. They’re very isolated, they've cocooned their members and homeschooled the children.
Prosecutors believe the counseling session was held because Lucas had expressed interest in leaving the church. In the court documents, District Attorney Scott McNamara says the church pastor, Tiffanie Irwin, then initiated a counseling session, where she accused Lucas and Christopher of several other things with the intent to infuriate the boys' parents and half sister.
When the victims' mother, Deborah Leonard, pleaded guilty last month, she shared with the court that the church believed Tiffanie Irwin was a prophet and could hear directly from God.
During the session, according to court documents, Irwin accused the Leonard boys of sexually abusing children within the church, fantasizing about engaging in sexual relations with the church pastor, practicing witchcraft, using voodoo dolls to cause harm, and planning to murder their parents, Bruce and Deborah Leonard. However, throughout the investigation, police and prosecutors have said no sexual abuse is evident and that Lucas and Christopher are victims in this case.
originally posted by: IslandOfMisfitToys
a reply to: dawnstar
This is where religions get into the cult zone. When they believe their leader is in direct communication with God.
Catholics......I'm looking at you......
originally posted by: dawnstar
a reply to: Annee
I've been checking for updates on it a few times a week.
I'm kind of curious about a few things... one of which is weather or not they claim they are protected because of religion. I know, it's way far out, but so is beating to death your congregation.
and I am curious as to weather my hunch that there was a power struggle in the church that triggered this.
hopefully more will come out as the trial progresses.