Kids Getting 'Kidnapped for Christ' Are Trapped in a Living Hell (VIDEO)

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kidnapped for christThe amount of abuse and torment children suffer in the name of religion never ceases to amaze (and disgust) me. And the worst part is, there's so much more of that abuse going on at this very moment than most of us know. Perfect example: Escuela Caribe, a military-style "discipline camp" in the Dominican Republic for "troubled" American teens.

Troubled teens with evangelical Christian parents, that is. Who consider something like being gay a "discipline problem" severe enough to pay goons from a "therapeutic boarding school" to literally wake their kid up in the middle of the night, drag them out of their homes (kicking and screaming, usually), and "transport" them to another country.

Sounds a lot like kidnapping, right? That's what the filmmakers behind documentary-in-progress Kidnapped for Christ think, too.

Yes, this really happens to real kids -- and their stories are heartbreaking. One of the most powerful accounts is given by a baby-faced boy named David who talks about his "transporters" tying a belt around his waist and using it to haul him to their car.

Why would an 18-year-old straight-A student be treated like a prisoner of war?

"I got sent down here because I'm gay and my parents just aren't okay with that," says David.

David's parents didn't offer any explanation for his disappearance to his friends, who of course were scared out of their minds with worry -- until David managed to slip a letter to one of the documentary filmmakers. See, "students" at Escuela Caribe aren't allowed to communicate with anyone on the outside, which makes a hell of a lot of sense when you see what goes on at the so-called school:

It's enough to make you sick, right? As a mom, I can't wrap my head around what parents who send their kids here are thinking. Are they completely brainwashed? Terrified of what people at church would say about their gay son?

Are they freaking insane??

Honestly, I feel like someone would have to be crazy to do this to a kid -- and even pleading insanity wouldn't get them off the hook as far as I'm concerned.

As for how these parents should pay for their sins, I think a biblically-inspired punishment is appropriate (Old Testament-style, oh yeah!): An eye for an eye.

Have fun at "therapeutic boarding school," Mom and Dad!

Do you think parents who send their kids to places like Escuela Caribe realize the harm they're doing?


Image via KidnappedforChrist/YouTube



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paren... parentalrights1

I blame each and every asshole who bitches about gays in this country. You fuel that shit. Even if you don't personally do all that, I blame you just as much for fueling that way of thinking and perpetuating it. Shame.

butte... butterflymkm

How horrible! This gives real Christians a bad name. I am not a Christian but I know Christian is supposed to mean Christ like. This is far from Christ like. Shame on that school and bigger shame on the parents! I hope these kids find peace and recovery from this undoubtably tramatic experience.

bills... billsfan1104

Parental, its not just the gays kids that were sent there. Anywhoo, what sucks is that this puts Christians in a bad light, and we are from that. What sucks is that people like you will watch this and act like all Christians are like this, and that is not true.

nonmember avatar Emily

So sick, so sad, and so unnecessary.

paren... parentalrights1

Not sure if you were referring to me or the blogger with that last part, but I myself am a christian so no I don't think all christians are like that.

bills... billsfan1104

parental not you sweetie, I meant the blogger. I am sorry, I should of been more clear.

Melis... Melissa042807

That's just wrong. I mean, I've heard of camps for troubled kids a little similar to this, but nowhere near that extreme. That's abuse. 

coffe... coffeeluva

Yeah, I wouldnt say this is the norm for Christians to do this to their children. Their are a lot of crappy things that non- christians to do their kids too like blow pot smoke in their face, duct tape them to walls and flat out kill them and we dont talk about their religious affiliation or lack therof, so basically this is just a stupid attempt to make Christians look bad and kind of desperate.

nonmember avatar Gertie

NOT Christianity. You can polish a turd and call it gold.... but its still a turd.

This is a turd.

happy... happynugget6

Coffee luva- you said it! I agree with you

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