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Leave: Shade’s story

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Editorial note: Shade Ardent blogs at The Unspared Rod. This story is reprinted with permission. my car isn’t even full, it didn’t take that much time to pack my clothes. river stares from the window upstairs. she didn’t want to say goodbye. everyone else is busy with their lives. no one looks up as i walk by. ‘Hurry up, Shade’. i turn to

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The Umbrella Song and The Children’s Institute: Lana Hope’s Thoughts, Part One

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“When I think over my years in ATI, I literally get exhausted. We studied character trait after character trait, and no one ever told me that God loved me even if I wasn’t attentive. No one ever told me they cared for me even if I was careless or got impatient. All I was told was that if I was impatient, then I should sing the patience song.”

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Finding Freedom from My Demons: Nicholas Ducote’s Story, Part Two

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“My parents were convinced that Gothardism held the solution to my issues. If religious options and doctrines were a grocery store, my parents plopped down on the Gothard Aisle and expected me to also enjoy their strict diet of Gothardism. Instead, the doctrines on spiritual warfare, the Umbrella of Authority, and Strongholds increased my anxieties – sending me into a state of hyper-vigilance at night as I waited for the demons.”

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Jim Logan, the Stephen King of Fundamentalism: Jeri Lofland’s Thoughts

“Did you know that demons can be sexually transmitted? That many Vietnam veterans’ problems are caused by demons picked up from prostitutes? That a person can be ‘demonized’ through listening to music, watching TV, or by playing Dungeons & Dragons? Welcome to the world of Dr. James Logan, ‘the demon whisperer’, ‘the Stephen King of ATI’, pastor, adviser to missionaries, and conservative fundamentalist exorcist.”

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