Rose McGowan: How she survived, escaped a cult
Rose McGowan grew up in the Italian countryside, where her parent were members of the local branch of the Children of God.
August 25th, 2011
07:53 PM ET

Rose McGowan: How she survived, escaped a cult

By Blaine Zuckerman, PEOPLE.com

(PEOPLE.com) - Rose McGowan's first nine years were anything but traditional. They were spent in the Children of God sect, a group that extolled the virtues of free love and prepared for the second coming of Jesus.

Although it proved a harrowing experience - she fled with her family, she says, once the cult began advocating child-adult sexual relations - as the setting at first "was really idyllic," remembers the actress, 38, who rose to fame on TV's Charmed and now stars in Conan the Barbarian 3D.

"I grew up in pastoral settings" - specifically, the Italian countryside, where her parent were members of the local branch of the Children of God. But McGowan, who was born in Florence, knew instinctively that she didn't belong in such a place.

Read the full story here.
- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Frank Sausage

    She's getting so old she's lucky to get work. She should make dirty movies.

    August 26, 2011 at 8:21 am |
    • HappyMeal

      She is beautiful. You don't deserve her. Men like you should be jailed.

      August 26, 2011 at 10:21 am |
  2. HappyMeal

    Ms. Rose McGowan needs Jesus for salvation.

    August 26, 2011 at 7:00 am |
    • Frank Sausage

      No, she needs ME - FRANK SAUSAGE!!!!

      Rose, come to me, and I will comfort you.

      August 26, 2011 at 8:19 am |
    • HappyMeal

      @Frank, Get some looks, wealth, status and manner she'd love and ask her to marry you if she is still single. Or forget it. Love one woman for one marriage for lifetime.

      August 26, 2011 at 10:20 am |
  3. John


    August 26, 2011 at 6:30 am |
  4. myklds

    Happy for her and her family survive unharmed.

    August 26, 2011 at 5:18 am |
  5. dick

    from the children of god sect to a witch that was dating a high priest of the church of satan(marylyn manson) and a satan worshipper herself. this woman needs jesus

    August 26, 2011 at 3:18 am |
    • Hoovervilles

      No, that would only be entrapment in another cult.

      August 26, 2011 at 7:57 am |
    • HappyMeal

      Americans who regard Christianity as a cult should leave USA and immigrate to their own nation North Korea.

      August 26, 2011 at 10:38 am |
    • Jim

      Why move from one cult-ridden country to another? As with most of what you say, this is just plain illogical.

      August 26, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • Real Deal


      Move to North Korea? That makes absolutely no sense - North Korea *is* a cult.

      August 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • Anti Christian Taliban Schizophrenics


      .... a witch that was dating a high priest of the church of satan(marylyn manson) and a satan worshipper herself.
      Can you post a link to your source?

      August 26, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  6. BG

    Bad plastic surgery ruins yet another pretty face in Hollyweird – and the movies all continue to suck.

    Tomatometer for Conan the Barbarian (2011) = 24%

    August 26, 2011 at 2:17 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      She had plastic surgery as a result of a car accident.

      August 26, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
    • BG

      @ Doc

      MVA was in 2007, causing a laceration under her right eye from her sunglasses. It was repaired leaving only a barely visible scar under her eye.

      The trout lips, frozen face, cheek implants, etc... all came afterward.

      August 26, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  7. Reality

    Deprogramming the Christian cult/religion in less than 1000 words:

    From that famous passage: In 1 Corinthians 15 St. Paul reasoned, "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith."

    Even now Catholic/Christian professors of theology are questioning the bodily resurrection of the simple, preacher man aka Jesus.

    To wit;

    From a major Catholic university's theology professor’s grad school white-board notes:

    "Heaven is a Spirit state or spiritual reality of union with God in love, without earthly – earth bound distractions.
    Jesus and Mary's bodies are therefore not in Heaven.

    Most believe that it to mean that the personal spiritual self that survives death is in continuity with the self we were while living on earth as an embodied person.

    Again, the physical Resurrection (meaning a resuscitated corpse returning to life), Ascension (of Jesus' crucified corpse), and Assumption (Mary's corpse) into heaven did not take place.

    The Ascension symbolizes the end of Jesus' earthly ministry and the beginning of the Church.

    Only Luke's Gospel records it. The Assumption ties Jesus' mission to Pentecost and missionary activity of Jesus' followers The Assumption has multiple layers of symbolism, some are related to Mary's special role as "Christ bearer" (theotokos). It does not seem fitting that Mary, the body of Jesus' Virgin-Mother (another biblically based symbol found in Luke 1) would be derived by worms upon her death. Mary's assumption also shows God's positive regard, not only for Christ's male body, but also for female bodies." "

    "In three controversial Wednesday Audiences, Pope John Paul II pointed out that the essential characteristic of heaven, hell or purgatory is that they are states of being of a spirit (angel/demon) or human soul, rather than places, as commonly perceived and represented in human language. This language of place is, according to the Pope, inadequate to describe the realities involved, since it is tied to the temporal order in which this world and we exist. In this he is applying the philosophical categories used by the Church in her theology and saying what St. Thomas Aquinas said long before him."

    The Vatican quickly embellished this story with a lot CYAP.

    Of course, we all know that angels are really mythical "pretty wingie talking thingies".

    With respect to rising from the dead, we also have this account:

    An added note: As per R.B. Stewart in his introduction to the recent book, The Resurrection of Jesus, Crossan and Wright in Dialogue,


    "Reimarus (1774-1778) posits that Jesus became sidetracked by embracing a political position, sought to force God's hand and that he died alone deserted by his disciples. What began as a call for repentance ended up as a misguided attempt to usher in the earthly political kingdom of God. After Jesus' failure and death, his disciples stole his body and declared his resurrection in order to maintain their financial security and ensure themselves some standing."

    p.168. by Ted Peters:

    Even so, asking historical questions is our responsibility. Did Jesus really rise from the tomb? Is it necessary to have been raised from the tomb and to appear to his disciples in order to explain the rise of early church and the transcription of the bible? Crossan answers no, Wright answers, yes. "

    So where are the bones"? As per Professor Crossan's analyses in his many books, the body of Jesus would have ended up in the mass graves of the crucified, eaten by wild dogs, covered with lime in a shallow grave, or under a pile of stones.

    August 26, 2011 at 12:22 am |
    • Reality-checkplz

      Really? And you are of the antichrist spirit that was said to be about in these last days. So learned yet so ignorant or spiritual things. The simple things of God confound you to a point where you have to do a great investigation?? Repent and be saved by the Lord Jesus Christ...#deuces

      August 26, 2011 at 8:30 am |
  8. HappyMeal

    Is she another American super-rich whom the American middle class adorned with their debt money?

    August 25, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
    • J.W

      You must be blind if you cant see how babeolicious she is.

      August 25, 2011 at 11:59 pm |
    • HappyMeal

      ? Yes, she is beautiful-looking. JW, no lust. Unless you can marry her, consider her as your beautiful sister.

      August 26, 2011 at 12:05 am |
    • J.W

      I was kind of hoping that it may turn you to lesbianism.

      August 26, 2011 at 12:08 am |
    • HappyMeal

      JW, because of your likes, now all Earthlings think every American man is a gay. I'm one of the few who know it's not true.

      August 26, 2011 at 12:10 am |
    • J.W

      really? I thought that french men were the only ones generalized as gay

      August 26, 2011 at 12:17 am |
    • HappyMeal

      JW, don't blame Europe. Everything about yourself is only your fault. Take responsibility as a man and stop being enslaved by the air-head feminists.

      August 26, 2011 at 2:28 am |
    • Jim

      Jealous much, HappyMeal?

      August 26, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  9. free spirt

    what is this another war on the cults? Children of God I thought they disbanded 30 years ago? Why is this news? River Phoeniz was in the children of god too right? My uncle was a catholic... and I had a cousin who went to church.. My Mother was a lutheren, my father was in AA. my brother was a methodist and on and on we go

    August 25, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
  10. J.W

    She is a babe she could be in any cult she wanted.

    August 25, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
  11. Les

    Once you have confessed and received God's forgiveness, you are clean and sin free and the sin forgotten. Period. Also, your silly attempt to categorize specific sins as greater than others is entirely demon inspired and itself a sin. God does NOT differentiate between the sin of theft, for instance, and the sin of murdering your neighbors. Sin is sin. Satan is the one that fills your head with the heretical ideas you share here. Then there is the command to NOT judge and to NOT take other Xtians to court. It only gets better........but I will end for now.

    August 25, 2011 at 11:04 pm |
    • HappyMeal

      @Les: ??? Read I Corinthians chapter 6 again. Christians are to judge everything and the matters not to be taken to courts are some minor personal loss, never crimes like r-a-p-ing children. And USA is no Roman Empire where Christian going to court could get killed.

      August 25, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
    • Jim

      I don't know, most of the people on Death Row appear to be Christians, and they had to go to court in order to be put there so, technically, this guy may have a point.

      August 26, 2011 at 12:09 am |
    • HappyMeal

      Jim, you live in a country where 70-80% people claim to be Christian. People on Death Row converts to Christianity because atheism is utterly meaningless in facing anything serious in life.

      August 26, 2011 at 12:12 am |
    • LinCA


      You said "People on Death Row converts to Christianity because atheism is utterly meaningless in facing anything serious in life."
      Please consider changing your handle. You appear to be a few fries short.

      August 26, 2011 at 12:18 am |
    • Jim

      Are you suggesting that if we checked into the lives of these Death Row inmates prior to being convicted we would not find many of them were amongst these 70-80% you mentioned?

      Believe me we treat death seriously because we understand just how permanent it is.

      August 26, 2011 at 12:40 am |
    • Jim

      Happy meals are actually a few fries shorter there days, or haven't you heard? 🙂

      August 26, 2011 at 12:41 am |
    • HappyMeal

      Jim, atheists did the most heinous crimes everywhere on Earth except for USA and Canada because Christiane were too strong there. North Americans are too naive. Except the soldiers and missionaries, you have no idea what the outside world is like. Your tourists think the poverty in the Third Word is only amusing. Shame on you.

      August 26, 2011 at 2:26 am |
    • Jim

      Do you mean atheists or communists? Not all atheists are, you know, and if you happen to meet an American or Canadian atheist you probably wouldn't notice any difference between them and the other freedom and democracy-loving citizens of those countries. Communists are like Fascists, authoritarian and not very interested in minority rights. They opposed organized religion because the churches and temples held sway over people's loyalties, not because they simply disagreed on the belief in gods being real. You are way off base.

      By the way, you wouldn't happen to be 'Faith' would you? You sure do sound like her.

      August 26, 2011 at 10:02 am |
    • HappyMeal

      Jim, no, you atheists are the same everywhere. You support infanticide and you worry about overpopulation and that worries the religious people. Communists were better than the Western atheists. At least they were not perverts. Yes, one of my user names was "Faith." My names get hijacked by your friends. Decry against atheists' foul manner if you have any honesty left.

      August 26, 2011 at 10:10 am |
    • Civiloutside

      "Jim, no, you atheists are the same everywhere."

      See, this is the kind of nonsense I try to talk to you about. You go on about how human rights are abused "by atheists," where you live, but ironically most Western atheists strongly disapprove of the kinds of authoritarian regimes that do that. We would be natural allies against those abuses, but you seem intent on making yourself as objectionable as possible to people who'd otherwise sympathize with you.

      By the way, do you pay much attention to Reality's posts? In among all his antireligious postings, you'll occasionally find some very heartfelt anti-abortion postings as well. So your notion that all atheists support "infanticide" is clearly wrong just among the views expressed here on this board. Please try to see through your hate to the realities.

      August 26, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
    • Anti Christian Taliban Schizophrenics

      HappyMeal/Faith/Adelina you are the most unchristian person on here and you are delusional to boot.

      August 26, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
    • Jim

      "Jim, no, you atheists are the same everywhere."
      That's like saying that all people who claim to be Christians are the same everywhere, which is also ridiculous, right?

      I don't 'support' abortion as recognize that it's a woman's right to choose. Being a reasonable person means supporting what is right, and not just what you like. Personally, I don't like that women have to abort pregnancies that could have been prevented by proper birth control in the first place. I would like the technology to transplant unwanted fetuses from one womb to another perfected so that fewer would be wasted when so many women are desperate to become pregnant. I the good old days of not so long ago girls were married off as teens and soon pregnant, but in a socially acceptable way. Asking teens not to be compelled to reproduce is probably rather unnatural considering that they were doing so freely through most of human and Christian history.

      Sure we worry about overpopulation. Why don't you? Do you think we have the resources to support an ever growing number of people?

      The folks who hijack names aren't my friends, and I suspect they aren't atheists who seriously want to debate you. Believe me, we can find more compelling ways to debunk your opinions than just having your handle say naughty things. I have noticed, however, that you are not above calling people names like 'stupid' and "pervert', and otherwise judging people you do not really know. So, aren't you being rather hypocritical here?

      August 26, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • HappyMeal

      @Civil-, I don't read Reality unless his comments are short. @Jim, thank you. At last a sensible American atheist who is communicatable! Jim, disliking is never enough. You must battle against destruction of unborn humans including embryonic cells like Christians do. If you don't fight, you're part of the problem. Imagine Northerners leaving the South to keep slaves as personal choice. That's keeping the problem, never solving. Disagreeing in moral issues is never good enough. Jim, population will have natural control; the problem is lifestyles. People manually destroy other fellow humans to control pop. – that is the real evil to bring down our planet altogether. Nazi lost 7 million German boys in eliminating the Jews. Jim, atheists are described as fools in the Bible and it's true. "Pervert" is because atheists support Sodomy and it's a fact.

      August 27, 2011 at 12:28 am |
    • Jim

      The right of a woman to control her own reproductive life is like the right to free speech: You don't have to agree with how people exercise that right to still want to protect their right to do it. You are letting your personal feelings in the matter override what is the right thing to do with this.

      If we let nature correct our overpopulation by herself then we are likely in for a disaster like a pandemic.

      Paul calls non-believers 'fools', but Jesus warned that anyone calling someone that was likely to face Hell. Paul didn't have a clue about what Jesus taught, did he? What two consenting adults do in the privacy of their own bedroom is nobody else's business but their own.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:59 pm |
    • The Original

      Jim, a human has no right to murder innocent another whether the life is inside or outside of her body. Overpopulation is no problem to the planet. The problem is your imagination. It is God who said atheists are fools. Read Psalms. Jesus told us not to call the fellow believers fools, never atheists or pagans.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:51 am |
  12. Dirty 'O Mohammed

    http://www.faithfreedom.org/ for Islam phobia
    http://www.faithfreedom.org/ for Christian phobia
    http://www.faithfreedom.org/ for Atheistm phobia

    August 25, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  13. George Washington Carver

    Would hit!!!

    August 25, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
    • George Washington Carver

      I wonder if she has heard the good news about the humble yet mighty peanut!

      August 25, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  14. HappyMeal

    Most of us have childhood nightmares and hellish period of time. Glad Rose survived. Now she needs Jesus for liberation from herself.

    August 25, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
    • Supersize

      She was liberated FROM Jesus, you moron!

      August 25, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
    • HappyMeal

      No, she was with a sick cult. I hear r-a-p-ing children is rampant in Hollywood as well. Christianity made the barbaric mankind civil. De-christianized America is morally sick in everyone's eyes. USA is losing even their last stronghold – the money. Mankind needs Biblical Christian education to be normal.

      August 25, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
    • Jim

      For a 'cult' they sure do sound eerily like many modern fundamentalist Christians, and I don't mean just the anti-gay (although they liked women being bise.xual), bible inerrantcy, and end times angst typical nowadays. For example, this single line from the Wiki article about them states that:

      "New converts memorized scripture, took Bible classes, and were expected to emulate the lives of early Christians while rejecting mainstream denominational Christianity."

      To me, this sounds exactly like the "it's not a religion, but a relationship" crowd, wouldn't you say?

      August 26, 2011 at 12:26 am |
    • HappyMeal

      Jim, fundamentalist Christians created USA so that fundamental Christians can live happily ever after here. Now get out of the nation, you parasite alien Sodomic polluter. Stop ruining the American soil.

      August 26, 2011 at 2:21 am |
    • Hoovervilles

      That's right, gimme that ole' time inerrant literalist religion.

      Just a very small sampling

      Punishment for r-a-p-e
      Deuteronomy 22:28-29
      22:28 If a man find a damsel that is a v-i-r-g-i-n, which is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found;
      22:29 Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel's father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife; because he hath humbled her, he may not put her away all his days.

      Lot offers his two v-i-r-g-i-n daughters to the crowd
      Genesis 19:8 Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.

      This is interesting, NOT
      Psalm 137:9 Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.
      And I thought Lott was supposed to be righteous.

      Genesis 17:12 And he that is eight days old shall be c-i-r-c-u-m-c-i-s-e-d among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed.
      Genesis 17:23 And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that were born in his house, and all that were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham's house; and c-i-r-c-u-m-c-i-s-e-d the flesh of their foreskin in the selfsame day, as God had said unto him.
      Genesis 21:2-4
      21:2 If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing.
      21:3 If he came in by himself, he shall go out by himself: if he were married, then his wife shall go out with him.
      21:4 If his master have given him a wife, and she have born him sons or daughters; the wife and her children shall be her master's, and he shall go out by himself.

      August 26, 2011 at 9:09 am |
    • Hoovervilles

      That's right, gimme that ole' time inerrant literalist religion.

      Deuteronomy 22:29-29

      Genesis 19:8

      Psalm 137:9

      Genesis 17:12

      Genesis 17:23

      Genesis 21:2-4

      August 26, 2011 at 9:12 am |
    • Hoovervilles

      Sorry about the repeat. Just getting used to the blogging process

      Another good one regarding rich people getting into heaven.

      LUKE 18:20-23
      18:20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit a-d-u-l-t-e-r-y, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.
      18:21 And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.
      18:22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
      18:23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.

      August 26, 2011 at 9:29 am |
    • Jim

      Are you saying that the Founding Fathers did not create this country for Catholics, Jews, the Amish, and a host of other denominations to live in? Lady, you do not have any clue as to our history. The 'fundamentalist' sects here only really started to form in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. That's over a hundred years after the nation formed!

      August 26, 2011 at 10:08 am |
    • HappyMeal

      Jim, America's fathers and mothers dreamed about free, godly Protestant nation. Read the writings of that formation era. NEVER attempt to learn any history from any Hollywood movies. You guys are brainwashed by anti-Americans.

      August 26, 2011 at 10:13 am |
    • HappyMeal

      @Hoo-, * All r-a-pists were to be executed. The only exception was marrying her. It made the quality of men and women far better than the people in the present West. * Lot was condemned for his acts, but such conduct was common custom in the pagan world. Americans have been fortunate because your moral sense has been protected by Christianity from the beginning. * Those little one in Psalm 137 means the evil in infancy. Evil must be eradicated when it's small. * Slavery has been a must economy system all over the world until Christians brought education for all. Educated people do not need to be slaves. Slaves in Israel were better treated than the employees in present America.
      Hoo-, I don't think you read the quotes with context. What's your problem?

      August 26, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • Jim

      The majority of Christians in the newly-founded America were protestants, but there were catholics too. Check into Rhode Island as a haven for all religions.

      August 26, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
    • HappyMeal

      Jim, I know. But the Puritans, America's founders, and the old-time Americans all have a good godly, religious ideals for the nation – a good mainstream goal that every citizen can strive after. Present Americans don't have any good national goal except the filthy immoral co-existence of villains and perverts and pleasues and money-making. Jim, remember and recell. Read both the Bible and the writings of American leaders and ministers. Present America is not America.

      August 27, 2011 at 12:37 am |
    • Jim

      So you heroize the Puritans, eh? I guess you don't like Christmas either, or think it ought to be celebrated. Then there were those witch trials and burnings to admire too. Maybe you forgot the Pilgrims of the Mayflower as original Americans? They thought that marriage is a civil affair and not a religious one. How would today's conservatives treat Christians such as these, I wonder?

      August 27, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
    • The Original

      Jim, Puritans were not perfect, but what you remember is only a fractional facts. You are typical uneducated, biased American. Read the Puritan's original writings; they were the most wonderful humans. Americans killed a lot more innocent Vietnamese than a few witches. Christian missionaries abolished both real witchcraft and witch-killing all over the world and liberated people everywhere.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:57 am |
  15. HappyMeal

    Why do whites insult the South by describing degrading as "going south"? It's so offensive.

    August 25, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
    • Dave Davis

      Hello, Happy Meal. Good-day to you. Can't help but notice your posts. You are correct on both comments. One concerning attempts to degrade the South, and also on your phrase that America must have God and BIBLICAL Christianity to be normal. Blessed is that Nation whose God is the Lord.

      August 26, 2011 at 12:16 am |
    • Jim

      I think it's a lot like the negative meaning we put on everything 'left-handed', but that one we learned from the Bible.

      August 26, 2011 at 12:29 am |
    • HappyMeal

      @Dave, thank you. I started out as Justina and had many female names and pretty two-phrase names but my names get hijacked regularly by anti-christians with no creativity. HappyMeal is their suggestion and I thought whynot. I pray for God's protection and blessings on USA. I hope it won't have to learn the hard lessons by keeping behaving like the sinful ancient Israel. We all look to USA. I want to praise USA but I meet too many bad Americans here in CNN blog.
      @Jim, no, it's you racist men's fault.

      August 26, 2011 at 2:17 am |
    • Civiloutside

      "Why do whites insult the South by describing degrading as "going south"? It's so offensive."

      The phrase has its origins in the American Civil War, originally used to describe US Army officers who abandoned the Union to join the Confederate Army. Over time it came to represent any bad decision, or any project that turned out badly. At any rate, it's not a reference to the modern southern US, or the southern portion of the globe, but rather to the Conferacy. I suppose one could find it offensive if one *really* wanted to be offended, but I think it would take some work.

      August 26, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • HappyMeal

      @Civil-, thank you for the info. But that phrase should be banned like N words as it sounds racist.

      August 27, 2011 at 12:11 am |
  16. HappyMeal

    Hippies, atheists and Hollywood hedonists are so religious in their own ways.

    August 25, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
    • Dave Davis

      Right again. Bless my soul. Maybe there really is hope for CNN's Belief Blog!

      August 26, 2011 at 12:18 am |
    • Free

      How, exactly, are we atheists religious? I personally don't worship anything.

      August 26, 2011 at 12:31 am |
    • HappyMeal

      @Free, yourself is your own filthy god because you trust in yourself the most though it's the most unreliable en-ti-ty in the universe.

      August 26, 2011 at 2:32 am |
    • Real Deal


      You trust in yourself that you have chosen the correct imaginary god.

      August 26, 2011 at 2:42 am |
    • HappyMeal

      @Real Deal, no, the Bible is the proven Word of God in all academia. Christianity is the only evidential faith on Planet Earth. That's why hedonistic Americans hate Christianity. The Eastern spirituality made you only worse and more selfish.

      August 26, 2011 at 2:46 am |
    • Real Deal

      HappyMeal: "Bible is the proven Word of God in all academia. Christianity is the only evidential faith on Planet Earth."

      1) No, it is not.
      2) No, it is not.

      August 26, 2011 at 2:51 am |
    • HappyMeal

      @Real Deal: Denial of facts does nothing. No one can refute the Bible and billions continue to get blessed by the Bible. Millions live by it. Immoral, bad Americans have no idea what's written in the Bible, misquoting it EVERYTIME – another strong evidence that the Bible is 100% right. Villains hate what is good.

      August 26, 2011 at 6:58 am |
    • Free

      If you like to refer to God as a 'Father', or parent figure, in people's lives then there comes a time when every child becomes independent, and no longer relies upon their parents, right? This is necessary because the odds are that children will outlive their parents. No parent deludes themselves into thinking that they raised their children well enough to keep them from making any mistakes whatsoever after they leave the nest, but you trust that they will make fewer mistakes than better choices in life.

      However, some believers live their lives like the thirty-somethings that still live at home and depend on their parents just as much as when they were little kids. They depend on God for everything, and are afraid to make even little decisions on their own without his final say, the Bible and what they are told it says.

      So, either God is a rather poor parent who doesn't raise his 'children' to be anyway independent of him, like a proper parent should, or he has and we atheists are his mature offspring who can carry on with our lives after he has left our lives, or we are all really 'orphans' without divine parents, but only some of us actually realize this.

      August 26, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • HappyMeal

      @Free, God is not a "parent" in such sense. What you atheists want is police-less amoral filthy automomy with lots of victims under you. God will not leave a such society alone; the reason there is the Judgment Day. Humans never get independence from God unless they want to become devils. That's why you guys are so evil. I think Americans have troubles in viewing parenthood and authority. It's really your cultural weakness.

      August 27, 2011 at 12:16 am |
    • Free

      My, you really do hate Americans, don't you? You should bring that message down to conservative America and see how warn a welcome you get.

      If God is not a 'parent' in such sense then why do people refer to him as 'Father' and Jesus as his 'son'? Clearly, Jesus refers to God as 'Father' so what you are now saying seems completely unbiblical.

      Most atheists believe in the rule of law, democratically decided upon, and enforced by the proper authorities, police, and not hidden boogie men.Is the devil really independent from God? If he were then wouldn't he just go off script during the end times and not just let himself be thrown into hell?

      You know, I'm just tired of your bad mouthing my country. Good bye!

      August 27, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
    • The Original

      @Free, God is our Father but He is also our Lord forever. The des-cription of God as "Father," as main it is, is partial. Anyone who is outside of Jesus cannot call God "Father"; for such, God is only the Creator and Judge. You need Jesus. Atheists are not rational; because self is your standard, it's matter of time you fall into illogical atrocities. Devilas are free for now until truth about humanity is brought out. Then there will be the fair judgment. I never hated USA. I love America more than you do, though I'm no American.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:06 am |
  17. Colin

    She's hot.

    August 25, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  18. Bo

    I wonder how some reporters and journalist get jobs; this is a very poorly written article. Why is this story just now being reported, this happened 29 years ago. Any way I'm glad that her parent managed to excape. I can only imagine what may have happened if they had not excaped.

    August 25, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
    • free spirt

      maybe they ran into gadaffi

      August 25, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
    • jimtanker

      I would have become a member then, I would risk everything just to have a chance to screw with such hot chick.

      August 26, 2011 at 4:54 am |
  19. Habib

    She must read http://www.faithfreedom.org/

    August 25, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
  20. RC

    Hopefully she also avoids the cult known as scientology.

    August 25, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
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