Reviving an ancient practice, churches are exposing sinners and shunning those who won’t repent.
Cast out: Religious shunning provides an unusual background in the Longo and Bryant slayings The Register-Guard, Mar. 2, 2003 http://www.registerguard.com/ By Karen McCowan, The Register-Guard Shunning. In the eyes of most Oregonians, it’s an unfamiliar, even archaic, practice – a throwback to the era of “The Scarlet Letter.” Yet it provided a bizarre backdrop for two recent familicides that occurred here just two months and 75 miles apart. Shunning is not a topic that typically arises when detectives interview a murder suspect. But Christian Longo, accused in the December 2001 killings of his wife, MaryJane, and their three children, raised
When Jehovah’s Witnesses excommunicate, or ”disfellowship,” a member, even the closest human ties can be severed without question. ST. PETERSBURG — As far as her children and 6-million people around the world are concerned, Shirley Jackson is as good as dead, has been for seven years. In 1995, Jackson, a home health care worker and a nanny who lives in St. Petersburg, was “disfellowshipped,” or excommunicated, from Jehovah’s Witnesses. Disfellowshipping is among the Witnesses’ highest forms of discipline, reserved for those who disobey religious teachings and will not repent. Witnesses are told to immediately shun the disfellowshipped, who are said