A woman in her 30s, a former member of the second generation of the Chumann na united churchshe was interviewed and she told about her childhood, when her parents forced her to believe in the religion. There were many restrictions in her life, such as romance series and anime, and if she did something contrary to the doctrine, she was subject to strict reprimand. The woman said “Everything in my life was taken from me“.
The threshold NTV NEWS she interviewed a second-generation ex-believer in her 30s whose parents were members of the so-called Unification Church. She said: “(In my youth) I thought that it was very necessary to follow the teachings of the Church, that everything in the world was there. There was no doubt because there was no comparative information». (For the interview, his face and voice were censored for fear of sales)
There were many restrictions in his life, as he said: «Even if I wanted to watch a popular anime series, they would tell me: “You can’t watch that because it’s a Satanic (satanic) cartoon.” If I came to watch it, they told me: “Your eyes are dirty”, and they washed my eyes». It included not only animation, but also romance, noting: “I wasn’t allowed to have a free love life. I had my first boyfriend when I was in high school, but my mom found out. He told me to fast and wouldn’t let me eat. He told me to repent of having a relationship with a man and woman against the teachings of the United Church».
It was the devotion of his own family that bankrupted the house, as he said:I was brought up with the fear that “if you don’t obey the teaching, you will go to Hell”, so I had no choice but to believe in it. However, my family was financially bankrupt because of the donations. I even felt that my life was in danger, so I left home at the same time I started work and left the Church».
Regarding the coercion of children to believe, the teacher Kimiaki Nishidaof the Rissho University Faculty of Psychologywhich investigates issues related to sects, says: «(Children) are not allowed to believe. They are subjected to recruitment activities and doctrinal studies without any choice and are forced to do so. There are many issues that fit the definition of so-called child abuse.».
Regarding countermeasures, he says: “Child guidance centers and such specialists have no knowledge (of religious issues). I think we need to train people with expertise and be proactive in intervening in these situations».
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