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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.

bunnika 29th-Mar-2012 06:52 pm (UTC)
I hope it drives them all to atheism. >.>
pepsquad 29th-Mar-2012 08:54 pm (UTC)
or Islam
85redberries 29th-Mar-2012 08:55 pm (UTC)
As an ex-Christian I laughed.
carmy_w 29th-Mar-2012 10:43 pm (UTC)
This would be a) an unsurprising outcome, b) just desserts for the minister and the church.

Additionally, I would also hope that the parents of these kids leave that church, and never ever go back. Vote with your feet, people. Don't give that place one damn dime.

*edited for spelling

Edited at 2012-03-29 10:44 pm (UTC)
darsynia 30th-Mar-2012 12:28 am (UTC)
It pretty much has driven me there. I wanted to fucking feel bad about turning my back on so much of my life's history but shit like this and Santorum and the whole 'wahhh, contraceptives' mess has pretty much left me without remorse. This from someone who (as a child) lived in a fucking religious COMMUNE, lol.
roseofjuly 30th-Mar-2012 05:52 am (UTC)
I know growing up I had wtf feelings about my religion for less
lickbrains 30th-Mar-2012 08:03 am (UTC)
Same. Which is why I no longer associate myself with such fuckeries.
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