Introducing Silenced

We are Silenced, a new community forged by ex-members of various COG groups, most of whom were raised under the oppressive thumb of Armstrongism. Our site silenced.co was forged for the expressed purpose of bringing a social media presence across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other sites to combat the growing COG presence on these platforms.

Our goal is to cast a layer of transparency upon the remaining splinter cults derived from the Worldwide Church of God, and to tear the curtain of secrets church leaders hide behind while they are fleecing their flocks of their livelihoods, hopes, dreams, and sanity. Silenced is waging an information campaign to alert the public of the dangers these groups pose by outlining its history along with their past and present crimes.

We have great admiration for the existing anti-COG/recovering COG community and we wish to help in whatever way we can. Robert’s blog is a fantastic resource for those with a story to tell, and the handful of other sites out there are fantastic as well. We give our heartfelt thanks to Robert for sharing this little introduction with you.

Silenced does not take a stand on any specific religious or doctrinal beliefs. Rather, we simply recognize the teachings of Herbert W. Armstrong are harmful and have ruined countless lives, something that atheists, freethinkers, Protestants, Catholics, Muslims, Jews and Hindus should all be able to agree upon.

We recognize the risks inherent for some to publicly show their support for a site that stands against Armstrongism, especially those who may still have strong connections to these cults, but nevertheless, we have a newly-launched Facebook fan page and a Twitter account where people can keep tabs on our progress and any new content.

Thank you all and best of luck! :)

7 thoughts on “Introducing Silenced”

  1. “Silenced does not take a stand on any specific religious or doctrinal beliefs. Rather, we simply recognize the teachings of Herbert W. Armstrong are harmful and have ruined countless lives, something that atheists, freethinkers, Protestants, Catholics, Muslims, Jews and Hindus should all be able to agree upon.”

    This is an interesting statement copied from your post. Yes, I agree that my life and several thousand others have been severely changed by the cult of Armstrongism. It happens, in my case, that some benefits also came along with the demoralizing and destructive beliefs. I was forced to learn to speak in public, a talent I developed enough to make a living for many years in communications.

    What must be meant then, by the general expression of the charges made against the WCG and its splinters, is that people are still spending their hard-earned money in tithing or offerings, etc., to these groups. And I also agree. But where is the rage against the huge number (and some of huge size) of other cults which drain money from people?

    What does it matter that Catholics agree with the criticism of Armstrong’s cult? Who wrangles more money from the people all over the world than does the Catholic church? What cult does more damage to more humans? Old Herb was a real dwarf of a character on the world stage when it comes to the “ruined countless lives” criticism.

    Nothing has surprised me in recent months as much as the discovery that well-meaning and sincere folks who have awakened to the ugliness of the Armstrong cult have turned to other, larger and more destructive cults, to somehow find peace. It pleases me to see that several contributing to this website have found that peace within rather than returning to the larger madness of traditional belief systems.

    My post in February to the Painful Truth blog takes on this matter of “cults” in a more direct fashion. I hope you’ll take time to check it out.

    markman

  2. The WWCOG and it’s splinter groups are DANGEROUS ! Dangerous in the sense that most people who become involved the teaching of Herbert Armstrong will not believe in God at all, anymore. It is truly tragic so many adults and children (families) that come into contact with this dangerous cult will for whatever reason never believe in God…any God. My husband brought a copy of The Plain Truth Home and some 30 years later he is more fanatical than ever, and none of our three children even believe in God. They think religion as they know it based on the teachings of Herbert Armstrong “is totally stupid”. That is the most tragic thing of all about this cult.

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