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Pennsylvania Church Kidnaps Teens for 'Learning Exercise'

1:11 pm - 03/29/2012
The Glad Tidings Assembly of God church in Middletown, Pa., has sparked outrage after a teaching exercise traumatized its youth group and left some with physical bruises, WHTM TV reports.

A shaken 14-year-old told the station two men came into the room with guns, pulled pillow cases over some of their heads, and pushed them into a van.

"They pulled my chair out from underneath me and then they told me to get on the ground," the unnamed girl tearfully told WHTM. "And I was the first person to go into the van. I had my hands behind my back they said 'just do as I say and you won't be hurt.'"

The "kidnapped" youth group was then taken to their pastor's house, where it looked like the minister was being attacked.

The girl showed the station the bruises she suffered from the event, and claims the men laughed while she cried in the van.

Despite claims from officials that the incident was only meant to teach teens what it's like to be a persecuted Christian missionary, there could be serious repercussions for the church.

"It's actually quite serious," First Deputy District Attorney of Dauphin County Fran Chardo told the station in a separate report. "False imprisonment of a child, someone under the age of 18, is a second-degree felony punishable up to 10 years [sic] in prison."

Since the teens never agreed to take part in the "lesson," church officials could be in legal trouble for the incident. WHTM also reported the man who "kidnapped" the teens was an off-duty cop, using a real, but unloaded, gun.

In the midst of potential legal ramifications, Andrew Jordan, the church's pastor, told WHPTV he will still continue to carry out this lesson, but he will ask for parental permission.

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nope_de_plume 29th-Mar-2012 06:25 pm (UTC)
What the fuck


what

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Lock this pastor up. I'd bet money this is all just powertripping assholery
rex_dart 29th-Mar-2012 06:30 pm (UTC)
Doesn't have to be a power trip; it fits right in with the right wing Christian persecution complex.
mercystars 29th-Mar-2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
only meant to teach teens what it's like to be a persecuted Christian missionary

ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME
bunnika 29th-Mar-2012 06:52 pm (UTC)
I hope it drives them all to atheism. >.>
benihime99 29th-Mar-2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
"Learning Exercise"

Oh really?
What was the lesson? Fear? distrust? pain?
sesmo 29th-Mar-2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
A useful lesson: Do not trust your pastor, or Christians trying to teach you lessons for your own good.
rex_dart 29th-Mar-2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
the incident was only meant to teach teens what it's like to be a persecuted Christian missionary



please do tell me more about how hard it is to be a christian
mysid 29th-Mar-2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
"...he will still continue to carry out this lesson, but he will ask for parental permission."

And any parent who does give permission for their child to be roughly treated and brutalized in this way should be charged with child abuse.

doverz 29th-Mar-2012 06:38 pm (UTC)
Agreed.
ms_mmelissa 29th-Mar-2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
the incident was only meant to teach teens what it's like to be a persecuted Christian missionary

The fuck?

"It's actually quite serious," First Deputy District Attorney of Dauphin County Fran Chardo told the station in a separate report. "False imprisonment of a child, someone under the age of 18, is a second-degree felony punishable up to 10 years [sic] in prison."

Good. This is incredibly traumatic and I feel for the poor kids who had to go through this.

In the midst of potential legal ramifications, Andrew Jordan, the church's pastor, told WHPTV he will still continue to carry out this lesson, but he will ask for parental permission.

D:
doverz 29th-Mar-2012 06:38 pm (UTC)
WTF?!?!?!

I can't believe somebody thought this was a good idea.
tabaqui 29th-Mar-2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
Oh my fucking god. Fuck you, you self-serving, paranoid *assholes* with your bullshite whines about how *persecuted* you are.

Would serve you right if every single kid refused to go to church after this.

And any parent who agrees to this in future - you are suck-ass parents.
bunnika 29th-Mar-2012 07:06 pm (UTC)
PA should be two states: Philadelphia, and then the rest of it.

/bitterness from a former PA resident. >.>
jettakd 29th-Mar-2012 07:07 pm (UTC)
told WHPTV he will still continue to carry out this lesson, but he will ask for parental permission.

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we_got_caught 29th-Mar-2012 07:08 pm (UTC)
Holy fucking shit, this is like 15 miles from me. WHAT THE FUCK. Way to give kids PTSD or something. Shit.
arisma 29th-Mar-2012 11:49 pm (UTC)
As someone with PTSD that's what I was thinking. This could fuck a kid up in vast, seemingly random ways. Very, highly, definitely not cool.
eyetosky 29th-Mar-2012 07:13 pm (UTC)
Glad tidings, everybody! :D
yeats 29th-Mar-2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
when i ran my high school's amnesty international club, they had a stunt like this on the books -- only all the participants ("kidnappers" and "victims" alike) were supposed to be in on what was going on. the point was to show the audience, in the cafeteria or library or wherever, what living in a climate of violence was like.

needless to say, after 9/11, they quickly stopped suggesting this as an "awareness event." i'm shocked that anyone still thinks it's a good idea.

Edited at 2012-03-29 07:20 pm (UTC)
bmh4d0k3n 29th-Mar-2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
Wtfffffffffff. Where to even begin with this one ...
mercaque 29th-Mar-2012 07:28 pm (UTC)
Throw the maximum sentence at these assholes. Unbelievable.
layweed 29th-Mar-2012 07:28 pm (UTC)
Oh those poor Christian missionaries. Going to other people's countries and cities and towns and villages, telling them that their way of life and their traditions and religion are p. much worthless unless they embrace Christ as their savior. Oh those poor poor Christian missionaries.
bleed_peroxide 29th-Mar-2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
Pretty much. Tell me more about how hard it is to willingly go into another person's country and tell them that they're wrong, wrong, wrong (according to your holy book) and they need to convert OR ELSE.
sixteensims 29th-Mar-2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
furrygreen 29th-Mar-2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, those wacky Christians...
colliedlight 29th-Mar-2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
angelofdeath275 29th-Mar-2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
The "kidnapped" youth group was then taken to their pastor's house

...."kidnapped". I see.

the incident was only meant to teach teens what it's like to be a persecuted Christian missionary,

No fucker. If a missionary is being ~*persecuted*~ that would be because they can't or will not understand they are pushing their belief onto others, or if you're Christian in a country where being killed for your belief is a Very Real Threat, which you don't fucking feel in the US.
nope_de_plume 29th-Mar-2012 11:23 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah it totally doesn't count as kidnapping, it was just forcing people who didn't want to go with you, to go with you through threat of violence!

Since when is that kidnapping? The quotes are totally called for
star_glitter7 29th-Mar-2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
Ugh, I live in this town...
babysinclair 30th-Mar-2012 12:16 am (UTC)
Any details?
johnjie 29th-Mar-2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
What the actual fuck

Who the fuck thinks something like this is a good idea??
very_veggie 29th-Mar-2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
My parents are pretty conservative, but they would've flipped the fuck out if someone had done this to me or one of my siblings. Holy shit.
homasse 29th-Mar-2012 10:50 pm (UTC)
Idiocy at its finest. Those poor kids. And their parents must be furious.
lunelight 30th-Mar-2012 01:17 am (UTC)
I really hope the parents are furious.
maenads_dance 30th-Mar-2012 12:02 am (UTC)
I notice the pastor did not say he would ask the children's permission in future, just their parents.
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