Religion: Brainwashing Moonies

Should parents be allowed to hire strong-arm experts to abduct their own children and argue them into forsaking the religious cults they have joined? That process, called deprogramming, has just been excoriated by a New York judge as a violation of the First Amendment (TIME, March 28). Last week, however, the deprogrammers won the first court test of a new way to legalize it.

The strategy is the creation of Michael Trauscht, a former county prosecutor in Arizona who now heads the Freedom of Thought Foundation, a deprogramming center in Tucson. Under his plan,...

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