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Sapphocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-18-12 01:53 AM
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Kidnapped for Christ Trailer
Run time: 02:08
Posted on YouTube: January 16, 2012
By YouTube Member: KidnappedForChrist
Views on YouTube: 134084
Posted on DU: February 18, 2012
By DU Member: Sapphocrat
Views on DU: 1550
"Kidnapped for Christ is a feature-length documentary film, which follows the stories of several American teenagers who were sent to an Evangelical Christian reform school located in The Dominican Republic called 'Escuela Caribe.' The school is run by Americans and is advertised as a 'therapeutic Christian boarding school' whose mission is to 'help struggling youth transform into healthy Christian adults.' ... The film centers on the story of David, a straight-A student from Colorado who was sent to Escuela Caribe in May of 2006 after coming out to his parents as gay. Like many others, David was taken in the night without warning by a 'transport service' and was never told where he was going or when he would be brought back home. ... The growth of the troubled teen industry, especially therapeutic boarding schools located in the United States and abroad, has given rise to many other allegations of the inhumane treatment of youth and the exploitation of families who are desperately seeking help for their teenagers. The goal of Kidnapped for Christ is to tell the stories of the students at Escuela Caribe and to give them a voice so that they may make people aware of the broader industry..."

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Curmudgeoness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-18-12 02:21 PM
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1. I remember hearing about this years ago
and the shock of what they are doing is still there.

I understand the frustration of parents who have kids who are acting out or going in the wrong direction. I get it that they want to save the child. But I cannot see this as the answer. What is worse is that the featured kid in this trailer was not a problem, he was gay. No other issues to deal with. Incredibly insensitive of the parents.

This makes me wonder, how many of these kids will be religious when they get out? How many of them will distance themselves forever from their parents? I was a hot-headed, stubborn kid, and I will say one thing----this would have turned me away from religion and my parents forever.
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sasquuatch55 Donating Member (701 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-19-12 10:44 AM
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2. Kurt Vonnegut had a similar group in his Slapstick Novel. N/T
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