Some religions, under the guise of keeping the flock pure, shun members who leave the faith. Is this a form of psychological abuse that should it be permitted in society?
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Well said. In short they act like any other cult does yet its accepted or perhaps I should say conveniently overlooked by big brother.
Okay, but that wasn't the question. It was should "it" be permitted in society, i.e. should society allow religious freedom? A lot of evil has been done in the name of religion, but a lot has been done in the name of intrusive government too.
Sorry, but you do not write about anything Christian here. There seem to be a large number of people who do not know what a Christian is. Saying you are a Christian does not make you Christian. What you speak of, if it exists, is the occult.
Fatigmon, any gathering of people who practice worship is a cult. Occult is a bit different - it's to do with rituals which are practiced in most religious traditions. The Christian faith is no different to any other.
If a person leaves certain religious movements, they are shunned. The members treat people who never belonged to the movement better than the one who leaves. That is CONTROL to me.
It is control, it's a tactic usually used in cults and extreme religions but it is. The purpose of that is not so much for the individual leaving, but to instill fear in others so they may not leave themselves.
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No, the rules they make are violated, and when the "elders" decide the person is bad enough, they are thrown out and shunned - no relationship maintained with them, social outcasts, ridiculed, etc....
That's not what they do, in some religions they go as far as to completely disregard the person as existing, the family turns their back and the society. They are outcasts from everyone and their only option in some cases is to leave the community.
Starmom41, I think you should go ahead and publish the hub you wrote. Do not be concerned about what others think.
I gave you a vote up, although I do not really, kinda' agree. I'll reply with cumbersome comment, a view.
"Sorry, but there are certain groups or classes of people I do not care to associate with." - This comment made me think of a piece I wrote a while back: https://hubpages.com/politics/Social-Borders
In the case of Jehovah's Witnesses (by the way, there is no Hebrew name of Jehovah, it is a bastardization of Yahweh when the Germans did their scholarship work (Jah instead of Yah, so the YHWH got to be known as Jehovah). Their families shun them.