Apr 4, 2020

CultNEWS101 Articles: 4/2/2020

Domestic Abuse, Rodney Howard-Browne, Cult Recovery, Unification Church, Assembly of God Victory in Christ Church

Steps that may keep you and your loved ones safe in your own household.

"Over the years, I've met many victims who, for one reason or another, were not able to leave their abuser.  One woman was an EMT who worked for an ambulance service.  She didn't want to go to a domestic violence shelter, because the closest shelter was about a 40-minute drive away, and she had to be able to respond more quickly than that at work.  She knew that losing her job would add a financial crisis to her marital one.  So, she steered clear of her husband as best she could until she saved enough money to get her own place and file for divorce. Other women I've known were afraid of losing custody of their kids, losing health insurance coverage for a serious illness, or even getting killed if they left (the most dangerous time for intimate partner homicides).  Contrary to popular stereotypes, it's not always easy or even safest to leave.  Many of these women found ways to minimize the risk while with their abuser.

Their stories are on my mind as we are all hunkering down for long stays inside our homes.  I know that some people are moving from one dangerous threat, the novel coronavirus, to another—members of their own household. The forced confinement, especially with men out of work, may even increase the risk of violence.

Other family members may be at risk for aggressive or abusive behavior, due to Alzheimer's or other health issues. Even toddlers chafing at confinement may be at greater risk of aggression. Truthfully, researchers could know more about managing potentially impulsive or aggressive loved ones.  Nonetheless, there is some guidance on ways to promote safety while living with an abuser. 

If you or a loved one is in this situation, consider the steps below. If some of these don't seem to apply to you, then trust your gut. Also remember that it is possible that nothing will help. It is not your fault if you do your best to defuse the situation and violence still erupts. In that case, call 911 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1−800−799−7233). If you haven't already, teach your children to call 911."

"'Revivalists, not Pansies' – Conservative Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne mocks the coronavirus crisis, claims his church will never close "because we're raising up revivalists, not pansies."

In an irresponsible and dangerous move captured on video the conservatrive pastor mocked the coronavirus crisis, instructing his congregation to "turn around and greet two or three people."

Howard-Browne said: 

Well, I know they don't want us to do this, but just turn around and greet two or three people. Tell them you love them, Jesus loves them, amen.

Listen, this has to be the safest place. I said, this has to be the safest place. If you cannot be safe in church, you're in serious trouble…

We are not stopping anything. I've got news for you. This church will never close. The only time the church is closing is when the Rapture is taking place. This Bible school is open because we're raising up revivalists, not pansies."

ICSA: The Challenge of Cult Recovery During a Time of Crisis
How former cult members and the families of current and former cult members can address the needs they have along with the additional stress and worry brought on by global unpredictability.

"Filmmaker Tymon Brown, born into the Unification Church (Moonies) as myself, made this short documentary featuring others from that shared past. They talk about their childhoods, relationships, and complexities of reclaiming their lives after leaving a cult."

"A major evangelical church in Brazil has won a court battle to remain open despite warnings that large gatherings will help spread the coronavirus.

The ruling came days after a prominent bishop from another evangelical church told followers not to worry about the pandemic because the devil was trying to create fear.

Religious leaders around the world have closed places of worship to help slow the spread of the virus, but many evangelical and Catholic churches remain open in Brazil, where seven people have died from Covid-19 and there are 654 confirmed cases.

Even before Thursday's court ruling, Pastor Silas Malafia, head of the Assembly of God Victory in Christ church – and a vociferous ally of the far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro – said his church would stay open."

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