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The Commercials for West Ridge Academy in Logan, Utah have touching testimonies from parents who relate how their families were being torn apart by their kids who were "out of control" into drugs" "emotionally troubled."

Go to You Tube here and here. The one where we hear a choir in the back of a slideshow is particularly heart-grabbing. So, is it all just bulls**t? When you sign on to YouTube, notice the video entitled "Trapped in a Mormon Gulag". It has only had about 1200 views. Now notice something else: the commercials have even less views. Why? Is it just some sort of salacious factor?

Trapped in A Mormon Gulag was brought to the public's "attention" more than five weeks ago. Haven't heard of it? Why not? Something is not right. Not right at all. The testimonies of some of the "boys" were vastly different than those of the commercials' parents. One of the most telling discrepancies of this whole scandal of abuse is that the Mormon Church denies proselytizing on the grounds of the "Academy" (aka as The Utah Boys Ranch). This is ridiculous: if the only "chapel" is Mormon and there are three Mormon missionaries residing on site, would you call it secular? To ANY degree? According to the piece in Pam's House BlendIt is a Mormon-funded and staffed facility, and religious indoctrination is a fundamental aspect of the school.

There was sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, suicide, staff corruption, and escape. A major Utah political figure, Senator Chris Buttars,, was the executive director Senator Buttars. Check out yesterday's post (below). Now think of Jesse Helms running a Gitmo for wayward teens. Well, maybe not quite a Gitmo, since the kids were able to run away or were returned to their parents (with a somewhat changed "attitude"). Or if you're in a more compassionate mode, think of Fred Phelps running it.

No matter which way you view it, West Ridge Academy is PUNISHMENT dealt out under the guise of "tough love." James Dobson might like it, but most of America won't like it if the truth comes out.

Just a thought.

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Rev. Dan Vojir is has been writing/blogging on religion and politics for the better part of ten years. A former radio talk show host (Strictly Books €" Talk America Radio Network) and book publisher, Dan has connected with some of the most (more...)

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Having worked with at-risk kids in lockdown school... by Jennifer Hathaway on Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 11:29:27 PM
Thank you, Jennifer for your input. The problem wi... by Dan Vojir on Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 2:51:06 AM
Can you spell "bias"?  I can, it... by David Austin on Thursday, Mar 5, 2009 at 4:29:56 PM
Thank you, David, for telling me about the videos.... by Dan Vojir on Thursday, Mar 5, 2009 at 6:40:44 PM