This is an open letter to Mr Rudd (Aus. PM) is regarding this article.
Dear Mr Rudd,
I read that you have given millions of dollars to the closed brethren schools. Fair enough, I suppose if you don't take into consideration the untold pain and harm it has, as a church community, done to thousands of children. You only need to do a little digging to realise this! Stories are everywhere: from David Tchappat (whom has a book published regarding his experiences in the movement), to the Peebs website, which has dozens, if not hundreds of stories regarding the abuses occuring in the movement which you have just supported.
Not only that, but to say that if you don't pass the money on that these children will cost the state more? Actually, in the long run it would probably will end up costing you a similar amount from the mental health services the leavers will use, to the ones that give up fighting and commit suicide. These are children, whom just happened to be born into a fundamentalist cult, and the impact of that upbringing will ring throughout their lives: whether they stay or not. To be brutally frank, Mr Rudd, it would be better if they were in public school, so that at least they can be monitored for abuse issues etc.
Let us be very clear, Mr Rudd. This is a dangerous movement. And you have just supported the church's position, and thrown dirt in the faces of those that left, and their stories of painful realities.
It is appalling.