I didn't sleep very well for several nights after reading Jocelyn Zichterman's book, I Fired God. As the subtitle says, "My Life Inside--and Escape from--the Secret World of the Independent Fundamental Baptist Cult". Then inside the cover; "A compelling memoir and account of the IFBC and its shocking history of religious abuse.
While somewhat familiar with the Amish (and their shunning practices), some Mormon sects, and, in general, far right wing fundamental religious groups, I didn't realize the extent, power, influence, brain washing, and downright brutality of these extremists. It is downright horrifying.
The author was raped by both her father and brother and tortured--both physically and mentally, all the time being told it was her fault (or duty). Her account of her childhood and young adulthood makes you sick, it is so disgusting. Even after she "broke away", she was besieged by her father and other church higher ups. She feared for her life. Even her own children were assaulted by her father. He was never prosectuted, thanks to stupid judges and the threatening power of the almighty church, its roots being Bob Jones University (and that's another story!).
Ms. Zichterman has told her story to CNN, ABC (20/20), and several morning shows. So the word is out. (I just never watch those shows, hence, my ignorance.) While Ms. Z isn't an official atheist, she certainly views her god as radically different than the one she grew up with. I highly support her cause to expose these cults and to save others like her from being subjected to such a vile upbringing. I encourage everybody to read the book, or, at least, "google" her. These creeps must be destroyed.