Shut Up! Two words that strike fear into the heart of any Exclusive/Plymouth Brethren member. And rather than just mean 'be quiet' -which they also want you to do - it means you are banished to the bench - locked away without normal contact with family and friends - until the priests deem you to be utterlycompliant. A broken man or woman. This I might add- are the exact words they use. Until you have got your mind right. Your meals - if you are under your parental roof - are placed outside your door. You are unclean - you are contaminated - you are persona non gratia. And you are supposed to be 'getting right' as they call it. Abuse this gift of 'grace'- as they term it - and the axe falls. You move onto Defcon 2 - which is total withdrawal. Total obliteration. Complete eradication.
No one is allowed to talk to you unless they are a priest. You are socially confined in a new silent world. In most houses this means your bedroom. And that's how it stays until you comply with their demands - and until you do - the order will not be lifted. That's how it works.
There are various degrees of seriousness in the 'shutting up'stakes. Today - they refuse to withdraw from some 'shut up'people because they know they have stuffed up and completely alienated them. And there could be media flack. Like married women. You are expected to abide in this shut up state until somebody removes it.
Then we have the homosexuals. One took his life in the past few days in Australia because he could not - quite obviously- come to grips with the Brethren's de-homo-sexualization regime. Which in the past have included chemical castration drugs. Their doctor was even struck off for it. So rather than sit down with the young man concerned to see if anything can be done - they lock him up until he goes mad enough to lose all hope. And these people will tell you are that they are just 'normal' Christians.
I remember a case of a young man - who was clever at his highly technical job- but cripplingly shy when it came to speaking in public. He just could not face getting up and speaking in the church (which they force you to do from an early age in the Brethren). So what did this loving bunch of so called Christians do to him. They shut him up. He went pretty well completely mad. He lost his job - never worked again and died young. They let him back after the damage was done of course. His case was not isolated. Other have committed suicide.
They shut me up for years too. But luckily I had already escaped from their hypocritical world. But they made sure they took everything else off me.
And Governments continue to support this mob with charitable status. It's extraordinary! They obtain all sorts of Government monies for handing out sandwiches to well fed firemen or for shoveling a bit of snow when the cameras are around - but they can drive their own young to the brink of madness and death- and not one soul will do anything that takes issue with it- questions it -or even gives it a passing glance. Which is about as much attention the Brethren give such cases. They could not care less.
Somebody in a position to do so, should demand a full enquiry into the practices of these people - who lie and cheat their way into the graces of various commissions and instrumentalities with half truths and lots of smoke and mirrors.
People die from the actions of this cruel sect, but because charity commissioners and their ilk have been greased up by their PR machine - they ignore the real truth. And the real truth is that there is a young man lying dead because he could not reconcile their extreme actions with his right to life. Sadly- many before him have done exactly the same thing.