[I'll just butt in and butt out again - thought you folks might be interested in this tidbit I just posted to the AsiaPac group]

... and how. Don't know if any of you remember a young Kiwi chick Joanna Baldwin. She was a genuine case of of severe religious child abuse who ran away from home after battling with anorexia and several half-hearted suicide attempts.

Somehow she found us. She posted a brief introduction here explaining her situation and began hanging out regularly on chat. She was extremely naive and horrifyingly ignorant of anything real world, to the point where you would think she was a troll - it was difficult to believe someone like her was real, which is the bit that boiled my blood. Damage like that goes way beyond anything I have encountered, and is not incidental - it is the result of absolute control and manipulation of her reality from the point of her birth. Anyway, she escaped, and for a while seemed like she was beginning to get her shit together. She enrolled and was accepted into a vet nursing course, something she said she really wanted to do.

But then she met a boy. An evangelical boy.

She started popping by less and less frequently, and when she did, you could tell she was getting frazzled and on the verge of losing it again. Said boy and his gang got into the habit of cornering her and hammering her with questions - they knew she had dipped a toe in godless waters, and it became their mission to reclaim her soul. There was more than just a hint of desperation about her when we chatted with her. Her anorexia was in full swing again, and she said she was down to 45kg and getting worried...

I last spoke to her on July 15. Helped her set up her blog and tried to give her some tips on how to deal with religious bullying. She said she had to make a big decision, and didn't know what to do. I didn't meddle, just told her to do what she thought was the best thing for her. The first entry of her blog is here from that same night. After that, she made her decision here, and set it in concrete here. You may want to scrub yourself with turpentine after that last item.

It's out of our hands now. Quite a few folk here did what little they could to help her out, listen patiently to her endless whiny bullshit and try and get her some kind of professional help and guidence. But there is only so much you can do over the ether. She's gone, time to stop worrying about stuff you can't change. Shit happens.

What next ? Possible suicide we'll never hear about. Maybe she'll try to be sane again and return. My bet, the rot will take hold, she'll lose all personality and will, and obediently breed a new generation of victims and the cycle will begin again. Religion is a beautiful thing.

In desperation of mind I texted a few people asking for prayer... soon after that, it was amazing... it was like suddenly I didn't need to think about it anymore and I KNOW God just removed my rational brain, and it became easy to accept Christ. -- Joanna Baldwin: saved, unsaved and saved again.


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Who said she was banned? What evidence do you have that she didn't leave on her own? According to her own blog she did. Have you taken this issue up with Brother Richard? Let's true to speak truth, guys. If you're not sure - don't spread it.
She told me herself after receiving this message:

Sorry, Joanna Baldwin, you can not access Atheist Nexus as you have been banned. If you think you've been banned in error, you can contact the administrator.

I have contacted BR, but as he is rather busy it may take a while to hear back.
Okay. I'm sure if it was an accident, he'll work it out.
Hehe Angie I did for a moment think you were talking of me. :) I was wondering what on earth I had done.
Nope, we had a drive-by-for-Jesus poster who basically said the girl this post is about left A/N because we're immoral evil people with no concept of right and wrong. Oh, but he was also pretending to BE an atheist. It was laughably transparent.
You are correct Angie. He was a drive-by-for-jesus poster. According to my sources He was someone to ban from this site. He was the one that is responsible for this mess.
I find it odd that he believes his god would give him a pass for breaking one of the big ten.
That's because you are trying to apply rational thinking to an irrational construct. There is likely just a tangled patchwork web of logic that is filled with nots and holes.
welcome back. Good luck with your journey. I've never known you to rock the boat here on A|N
Glad to see you back. I didn't get to meet you before, so hi and welcome to A/N :)
...aaaand she's gone again. So long
Oh that's sad. Not only did she go back, but to Calvinism? I didn't know her, but I feel like I do. I know so many people that go back and forth like that, or have in the past. I myself went back to Christianity for a while after being in the "evils" of paganism. But now that I'm an atheist I can't see a way of going back to a religion. I wish all the best for her, but damn, that's the loss of one more ounce of logical reasoning in the world...


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