I just read this article on ABCNews.com. The thought that came to mind is How long before they come for the "normal" Christian's children.
I am not a conspiracy theorist, nor am I a support of polygamy (1 wife is PLENTY enough for me to handle!). But check out this quote from Joe Szimhart, "a cult information specialist for more than 25 years."
"Any common definition of brainwashing or of a totalistic cult is when someone is involved in a self-sealing belief system," said Szimhart. "They see themselves apart from the rest of the world, and elitist, and think that everything outside is evil."
With a little tweaking, this could easily define large sections of the Christian Church. We see ourselves apart from the world (in the world, but not of the world), often labeled elitist because we believe that Jesus is the only way to receive salvation, we view the world as evil, and we believe that God will establish His Kingdom on earth some day.
The article questions whether it is considered brainwashing to believe in something that a large majority of society does not agree with. In appropriate journalistic fashion, they refused to take a side, but offered alternate points of view...it is brainwashing...it isn't brainwashing.
So, what do you think? Is it brainwashing? Is it not?