I thought I would do a follow up to the Dawn Smith video I posted, mainly in response to this comment (below) from John Allman, which I felt was somewhat dismissive, bordering on sarcastic and lacking any genuine empathy.
I invited him to do some research on the issue if he felt there was some sort bias on the part of Dawn Smith and/or engage with some of my ex-Christian visitors who would surely shed more light on such issues. Based on the comments he has so far declined to engage.
Poor Dawn Smith. Fancy having story of which her video tells one’s side. How she must have suffered, if her parents were as horrid as she says. One must surely have sympathy with her, albeit without rushing to judgment, of course. She deserves sympathy even if she was lying or exaggerating, possibilities one ought not to speculate about before hearing her parents’ side of the story, except to recognise the possibility (because there is nothing like a stage, an audience, a microphone and a running movie-camera to make a person want to lie, exaggerate, or – for that matter – oversimplify) and to reserve judgment until one has heard both sides.
So far, we only have one side of the story as to what “type of sect” it was that poor Dawn Smith’s parents belonged to.
In 2002, there were more than fifty Assemblies world-wide. Most of them disbanded in 2003 following the revelation of Mr. Geftakys’ sexual involvement with women in the group and the cover-up of his son’s long history of domestic violence.
– Source: The Assemblies of George & Betty Geftakys: Introduction to the Ministry [Contra]
Rather than cut and paste from the article/s you can follow the links and read for yourselves.
Note for Zoe. I would suggest you not follow up on this article.
Note for John Allman. Still feel you need to hear Dawn Smith’s parents side of the story, John?