20 May 2008

Dr. Phil: Cults? The Tony Alamo Ministries

On Thursday May 22, 2008 the Dr. Phil show on CBS will be airing a program entitled: Cults?

The following blurb is from the website

Imagine living in an extreme religious group where your every move is controlled. Dr. Phil recently examined the aftermath of the raid on the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and now he shines a spotlight on one woman who says she left a religious sect and struggles with life in the outside world. Anna says she was trying to get herself “right with God” when she joined Tony Alamo ministries in 1989. In 2000, she escaped what she calls a cult with her seven children. But her troubles didn’t end there. Her ex-husband visited the family several years ago in December, and Anna let him take four of their kids Christmas shopping. She hasn’t seen them since. Dr. Phil put private investigator Harold Copus on the case. You won’t believe what his search yields. Then, Dr. Phil asks Anna if she uses corporal punishment on the children currently living with her. Anna denies abusing her kids, but what do Dr. Phil cameras placed in her home show? Why did Child Protective Services intervene? What does the future hold for this anguished mom, and will her family finally be reunited?

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