The terms apostasy and apostate have become popular with NRMs such as The Family International and their academic supporters in describing those who have left these movements. In particular the apostate charge is leveled against those who speak out about manipulative and unethical practices witnessed during their time in the organization.
However, applying such terminology to the children of group members when they choose not to follow their parents' beliefs is misleading. Many former members charge that The Family has historically been highly hypocritical regarding religious freedom as it relates to the children of its members.
Description examples from Family publications
- ...bitter enemies who launched an increasingly vicious persecution campaign...
- ...unscrupulous foes using a flood of lies and horrendous accusations against The Family...
- ...enemies drumming up the false charge of "child abuse"...
- ...inquisitors doing psychological tests on Family children...
- ...bitter and disgruntled accusers levelling horrible false charges against The Family...
a·pos·tate (ə-pŏs'tāt', -tĭt) n.
One who has abandoned one's religious faith, a political party, one's principles, or a cause.
Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin apostata, from Greek apostatēs, from aphistanai, to revolt.
Source: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- "Craving to Slake" (Teen CD 33, Track 5) — by Vas Myers, a song berating former members who speak against The Family