Did any of my fellow Brits see the program last night on Everyman BBC2?
Watching the program gave me cold shivers because the practices and beliefs, though perhaps more extreme, are very like the Borg! In this group the women all have to wear head scarfs, most of the time, and always in church meeting.
The practice of Shunning was the main area that brought tears to my eyes. One Girl left home and was then cut off from everyone she knew from being a baby. She eventually did go back and was take to a house to be "Shut up" till the church Elder decided that God had forgiven her! The practice was born from the Old Testament command, that anyone with Leprosy should be isolated from the populace until clean.
One man, who came out from the group, had a restraining order brought against him by the Church, so he could not visit his own children unless he came back!
The program interview three church (Elder) Priests, it was like watching JW Elders explaining their beliefs; they were trying to fit the rules into "we try to follow Jesus' example in our life". They came over as very robotic and cold, just like how JW Elders reacted when questioned on Panorama about child abuse.