N.C. man says church confined him for being gay

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  1. Reader

    Reader New Member

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    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/10/22/172142/nc-man-says-church-confined-him.html

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A 22-year-old man has accused his former Rutherford County church of holding him for four months against his will while he was physically and emotionally abused because he is gay.

    Michael Lowry filed a complaint in February against Word of Faith Fellowship Church, a nondenominational Christian congregation in Spindale that has made national headlines with some of its practices.

    In a statement given to a sheriff’s department investigator last week, Lowry said he was kept in a church building from Aug. 1 to Nov. 19, 2011. He said he was knocked unconscious during his first day of confinement.

    Lowry’s former pastor, Jane Whaley, said Sunday that all of his allegations are “lies.”...............

    Rutherford County District Attorney Brad Greenway said the case is being investigated and it’s too early to say if it will reach a grand jury.

    “We’ll continue to investigate, talk to some other people, and then make a decision,” he said Sunday.......


    More at link.......
     
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  3. Gardenlady

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    If true, this is absolutely barbaric. :furious:
     
  4. wfgodot

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    While wondering if it's true or not, if one even thinks, "I would not be surprised," it is an indication of feelings of the injurious backwardness in portions of the religious community.
     
  5. Gardenlady

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    True. And I do believe it's probably true, because there ARE religious communities where it would not surprise me in the least to hear of this happening, sadly.

    And reading more about this group, they sound more like a cult than any kind of "mainstream" religion.

    And of course, mainstream religion itself has problems in its treatment of lgbt folks.

    :sigh:
     
  6. borndem

    borndem Anglophile & registered demwit

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    From WRAL, Raleigh, NC via AP
    http://www.wral.com/brazilians-funn...email&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_source=wral

    Can nothing be done about the abuses in this church? SMH
     
  7. Woodland

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    From the link in post #5 -

    On at least one occasion, former members alerted authorities. In 2014, three ex-congregants told an assistant U.S. attorney that the Brazilians were being forced to work for no pay, according to a recording obtained by the AP. 3

    "And do they beat up the Brazilians?" Jill Rose, now the U.S. attorney in Charlotte, asked.

    "Most definitely," one of the former congregants responded. Ministers "mostly bring them up here for free work," another said.

    Though Rose could be heard promising to look into it, the former members said she never responded when they repeatedly tried to contact her in the months after the meeting.

    Rose declined to comment to the AP, citing an ongoing investigation.
    ...

    The church has rarely been sanctioned since it was founded in 1979 by sect leader Jane Whaley, a former math teacher, and her husband, Sam. Another previous AP report outlined how congregants were ordered by church leaders to lie to authorities investigating reports of abuse.


    http://www.wral.com/brazilians-funn...email&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_source=wral

    So victims have complained and LE has done nothing - specifically an Assistant US Attorney (now a US Attorney). Not her job? She didn't want to get involved? She clearly wanted to stay in US Attorney's office though. Where/who will she pass the buck to?
     
  8. Woodland

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    From the link in post #1 -

    Lowry said he came back to Spindale last week to follow up with his complaint and to visit the church and other sites from his past “so I could realize there was nothing to fear.”

    NB of Boiling Springs, who met Lowry in January and has since become his friend, said Lowry has often expressed frustration at the pace of the investigation. She said she called the department herself, urging investigators along.

    Rutherford County Sheriff Chris Francis could not be reached for comment.

    Thursday night, the Asheville television station ran its report on the case.

    Friday night, Greenway and sheriff’s investigators talked with Lowry for about three hours.

    The investigation has been slowed, the district attorney said, because Lowry had been hard to reach after moving out of state.


    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/crime/article24739021.html

    UBM Here's a good start to buck passing - blame the victim.

    Doesn't look like it will go well for these victims, because there are people that can in fact stop any investigation and be paid to stop any investigation. I would like to know how well the 'investigators' have slept over the months and years (above post) they have hindered and ignored the victims here.
     
  9. borndem

    borndem Anglophile & registered demwit

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    Excellent points, Woodland -- we'll keep looking to see if either of these horrible situations gets any further attention or if any victims get relief as well. Money talks, right??? Grrrrr.

    And I feel sure this ~church~ isn't the only one that has practices similar to this.
     
  10. borndem

    borndem Anglophile & registered demwit

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    No surprise here. From WRAL:
    http://www.wral.com/brazil-church-rejects-abuse-claims-detailed-in-ap-stories/16844985/
     
  11. borndem

    borndem Anglophile & registered demwit

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    This was posted at 7:43pm Wednesday, 11/15/2017

    http://www.wral.com/ex-members-of-church-urge-overturning-of-court-agreement/17116992/
     
  12. borndem

    borndem Anglophile & registered demwit

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    Another sad story from a former member of Word of Faith "church" from today's news:

    http://www.wral.com/-nobody-saved-us-man-describes-childhood-in-abusive-cult-/17182030/
     
  13. perfectingpink

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    I am just so sorry. :(
     
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  15. borndem

    borndem Anglophile & registered demwit

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    Well, now -- Here's the other side of the story:
    http://www.wral.com/family-of-ex-church-member-denies-claims-of-childhood-abuse/17186348/
     

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