U. of Arizona Investigates Church Some Call a Cult

March 10, 2015

The University of Arizona is investigating a church that more than 20 former employees and members call a cult, The Arizona Daily Star reported. The newspaper investigated Faith Christian Church, which many say reaches out to students in friendly, supportive ways but gradually asserts more and more control over them. A summary by the newspaper said that former members and parents shared "reports of hitting infants with cardboard tubes to encourage submission, financial coercion, alienation from parents, public shaming of members and shunning of those who leave the church or question its leaders. Some say that since leaving, they’ve spent years in therapy for panic attacks, depression, flashbacks and other symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder." Church leaders did not respond to requests for comment.


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