“Only yesterday I was no different than them, yet I was saved. I am explaining to you the way of life of a people who say every sort of wicked thing about me because I sacrificed their friendship [approval, acceptance] to gain my own soul. I left the dark paths of their duplicity and turned my eyes toward the light where there is salvation, truth, and justice. They have exiled me now from their society, yet I am content. Mankind [families] only exiles the one whose large spirit rebels against injustice and tyranny. [S]he who does not prefer exile to servility is not free in the true and necessary sense of freedom.” ― Kahlil Gibran
Most of the world’s religions practice shunning of non-compliant people, and the consequences are devastating for the individuals and families affected. Below are some resources that may be helpful to you. This page is currently being updated, so please check back!
SEDAA is an organization that presents issues for people of Muslim heritage, and Dr. Savin Bapir-Tardy, a counseling psychologist at the the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organization (IKWRO) and a lecturer in psychology at the University of West London, wrote the following article about shunning: http://www.sedaa.org/2016/11/the-practice-of-shunning-and-its-consequences/.
Shunning is also a common practice in many Christian sects as well, particularly Pentecostal and Mormon churches. Articles on the internet are abundant and I will include some links to them in my updates.
Film: The Amish: Shunned Directed by Callie Wiser 2014.
Sexual Abuse in the Amish Community–ABC News Report
Also, for Mary, there’s an ironic carryover from her former life an abiding faith. She said, “I feel like God helps those who help themselves. You know, there’s a verse in the Bible to that effect, and I really believe it’s true, because, you know what, if you don’t have the strength to stand up for yourself, there’s really not much he can do for you.”
For More Information about Irene Garrett’s work, visit this Web site: http://www.ruthirenegarrett.com/
For More Information about Donald Kraybill’s work, visit this Web site: http://kenanderson.net/store/bible/d_kraybill.html