Parents Outraged as US Religious Cult Hands Out Creationist Books and Preaches to Kids at Scottish School
One angry dad, Paul Sanderson, 33, told how his five-year-old son burst into tears when he took the books away. He said: “I think it’s fair to call it brainwashing because when I took them from him he started crying.
“When I asked why he was crying, he said the man who gave them to him told him they were really, really important.” The book row, which broke out this week, has brought the group’s presence at Kirktonholme into focus.
But the Record can reveal sinister undertones to their eight-year involvement at the school. The Church of Christ have targeted Kirktonholme as a “mission” and have several members helping with classes and giving lessons in religion.
Church members like Blakeman - photographed as a scary Pirates of the Caribbean character - were allowed in to work as classroom assistants and help with homework and in other mainstream roles.
Parents were also furious to learn that cash raised by children which they thought was intended for school funds had been given to the sect to build a church nearby.